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Newsletter

September 2016

Greetings from Rosebay Nursery,

It is hard to believe but 2017 marks our 40th Anniversary!

Frank and I cleared our first Rhododendron field between mature pines in the summer of 1976. A few months later we filled a Nearing Frame with cuttings taken from our friends’ gardens. In the spring of 1977 we planted 200 Roseum Elegans, 100 Nova Zembla, 200 PJM and 100 Maxium Roseum. Rosebay was born!

In the early years we both worked full time jobs and tended Rosebay after work. A good friend likes to remind me of the time we had him over for dinner and after dessert I asked him if he wouldn’t mind weeding with us. He declined, but I’ve never heard the end of it.

From that small inventory of 4 varieties the offerings have “grown” to include 60+ Rhododendron hybrids, a dozen Desciduous Azaleas and 5 Pieris cultivars. The original 4 are still on the roster, but I’m always looking for new ones to play with.

Growing rhodies was a passionate hobby that turned into a vocation. I am fortunate to have a beautiful place to work in with dedicated employees and terrific customers. I can’t think of anything I’d rather do. Here’s looking forward to the next 40 years!

Warm Regards,

Linda

P.S. Hot summers + irrigation= a great deal of growth and loads of flower buds. Works every time. Plants look fabulous!

The inventory is finished. Our current Availability List is on our website. Please send us your wish list for spring as soon as possible. Remember “the early bird catches the yellow ones.”

Final note: For those of you with poor soils we are now recommending planting “On Top” of the ground. This technique came to us from our good friend Ernest Carter from Okemos, MI. Simply place the rhodie on top of the bare ground and mound pine bark around the root ball being careful not to bury the stem. See the photo on our website of the Saugatuck Square. These rhodies were planted “On Top” several years ago and are thriving. 2” of pine bark is added every spring. Easiest planting ever!

"On Top" planting in the Saugatuck Village Square.

This is how it's done. Easy as pie!

No Lucina hasn't shrunk, that's just a really BIG plant!

We find many Praying Mantis while doing the inventory. Did you know they can turn their heads?

It took 6 tries to get everyone to smile, but it was worth it. Best crew ever! From left to right: Eduardo, Lazaro, Francisco, Adan

We had a wedding at the nursery in May. No it was not MY wedding, but it took place in this spot. It was spectacular.

This is our resident Cooper's Hawk. He likes to perch on the polyhouses and the sprinklers. Watch out Rosie!

Lucina, Rosie, Kareli and Maria surrounded by Satan Azaleas.

We see lots of turkeys every day. A group of turkeys is known as a rafter. And here I thought a rafter was someone that didn't use a kayak or canoe.

Wow! These were so big they barely fit in the semi trailer!

These plants decorated the Senior PGA tournament in Benton Harbor.

Robin is ready to take your call, fax or email.

Where's Rosie? Somewhere in our 3 gallon Bixbys!

We found this dragon fly while inventoring the plants. Unfortunately we also find yellow jacket nests, too busy running to catch them in a photo!

Rosie and I like this nice large Olga Mezitt.

This is the first year we have found quite a few Walking Sticks.

We have good numbers of purples. This one is Florence Parks.

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas....

 

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