good morning! guess I didn't blog yesterday--was kind of a different day. felt kind of off in the morning so I didn't exercise per se--took the dogs to the park and then went in search of some plants. I have some charming little "planters" I got at this crazy store that has all kinds of weird stuff. its like six little buckets fused together in a circle. the buckets are nice sizes and the whole circle has a handle. they make charming little herb gardens--they are powder coated in cobalt blue or red. last year I made up three and they sold right away--so I decided I would go and get some herb plants and make three more. the big greenhouse near us had an excellent year and already closed for the season. so I had to look farther afield. now I sell these planted gardens for 22 dollars--so the cost of the plants I put in them is critical. went to wal mart, lowes, menards, tsc, Meijer and two small privately owned places and came up empty. U.G.H. so basically spent the morning driving all over creation with the dogs in tow for no good reason. I have one other place to try before I just jettison that whole idea for this year. these planters are too nice not to sell, but I am not going to take a loss on them or give them away. so they may go back into storage until next year. people don't have a concept of what it takes to keep nursery stock in a salable condition. it has to be watered EVERY DAY, trimmed, monitored for mold and pests, rotated on the shelf to make sure everybody gets enough light, cut back if its perennial and has bloomed out, pinched if its annual to keep it looking neat and blooming. that's a WHOLE lot of labor for a six pack of wave petunias you pay 5.00 for. that's part of the reason I sell daylilies that I dig. plants in the ground are a lot easier to care for than potted stock. but I have potted stock too--and those little herb gardens have to be tended to keep them looking sweet and nice for someones patio table.
I think the main thing is--my very favorite part of what I do (and I am not kidding) is propagating and potting up plants. I LOVE making cuttings and divisions, and potting up seedlings. I talk to the plants while I am working at my worktable. the birds are singing, the sun is shining on me and my hands are nice and dirty. probably sounds weird if you aren't a gardener. they go into their little pots, get a big drink of water and transplant solution and then they go rest in the shade. I watch them each day as they recover from their adventure--waiting for signs that root development is taking place and they are settling in. its a very rewarding thing.
oh well--after all that driving it was home and chores. laundry, tending the chickens, a little weeding and some digging, moving and dividing of plants. working on labels for all the new daylily varieties I have lined out.
I love my little business so much--its very hard to be an entrepreneur--you put your heart and soul into what you do--and then the vagaries of the world work their will on you--and maybe your business takes off and maybe it doesn't. all you can do is show up every day and put forth your best effort and hope the universe will pay you back. sometimes it doesn't.
if you have ever dreamed a dream and someone helped you see it through to reality--pay that back and find a small business to patronize. get brave and pull into a driveway where you see a sign that says "fresh eggs" or "hand made crafts" or "pottery for sale". chances are you won't meet Charles manson--you will meet a hardworking person with a vision. chances are you will become friends.
I saw something on my facebook page one day to the effect that if you buy a quart of strawberries at a grocery store nobody notices. but if you buy a quart from a farmstand you are helping to support a specific family that is working hard to feed their kids and send them to school, live out their dreams and make a home in their community. its true--if you like quaint little boutiques and creative business to be in your community--you have to patronize them or they will disappear.
if you are driving down highway 23 in Indiana and you see a sign that says "daylilies and select perennials", stop won't you? you will find a friend--and spend a very pleasant time--whether you buy anything or not. and you will show me that someone is paying attention.
many days in a small business-that's all you need to keep yourself going!
have a great day folks!