Sunday, June 16, 2019
Meanwhile, it smells wonderful in here. The heady scent of buckets of fresh lavender!
This year I am retiring three colors and adding three colors. I will still have black, brown, and pastel yellow ribbon for those who choose them for custom orders, but for production, I will be adding a wonderful new blue called Tornado Blue, a Mint Green, and a pastel Baby Blue.
I hope you take a minute to visit my Etsy shop: Pedricks
Or my new Amazon Handmade shop which even has a large chunk of my inventory
ready to go as Prime: Pedricks
And for those who prefer EBay: lavenderwandsandpedrickscorner
Friday, May 31, 2019
Some of the plants I did cuttings of, were ones I have never tried to do before. Because, as I mentioned before, I first wanted to see how well placed the greenhouse was and what the conditions inside would be. It turns out that it was far too wet to keep the Cistus happy and my first tray of those did not do so well.
But on the upside, I have had incredible success with most of the others! Like Purple Solanums, Plumbago, Lilacs, Penstamons, Lemon Verbena, etc. And because Princess Bushes or Tibouchina urvilleana has been on my list of plants I wanted to grow in my nursery since way back in my days at Antonelli's, I am thrilled to say that all 400 cuttings are doing great and they are four weeks old now. A very good sign that they should all make it. I didn't even have to use a large portion of the stock I have been accumulating, so as soon as there is room in there, I will be doing another 400 cuttings.
What's not to love!? The deer don't eat them. Hummingbirds, butterflies, and the bees love them. And so do I!
Friday, May 3, 2019
So today I am starting in on the fuchsia cultivars. Beginning with Chang, Burgundian, Fanfare, Popple Corn, and Lottie Hobby. And then on from there! Most of the fuchsias won't be ready until it is too hot to ship them, unless I am able to purchase a means of protecting them. But they could also be shipped when it cools down in the fall and before it gets too cold again.
Here is Chang, one of my favorites.
Monday, April 29, 2019
Monday, April 22, 2019
Today I finished the door, the floor, plugged up the two gaps in the foundation two by fours, and began moving plants inside. And once I get more shelves in there, I'll be able to fit up to 4,000-6,000 cuttings in it.
Can you see the green inside?
Now I can really get down to making cuttings again. But a great deal hangs on my ability to stay here to monitor them. All of the cuttings are in small batches from hundreds of varieties of fuchsias and a few of my favorite plants. Each variety of fuchsia and each different kind of plant has different requirements when it comes to water, light, and how long it takes them to root. So if I have to use an automated misting system, there is going to be a huge amount of loss.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Now it's dark and I am going to put the windows together indoors. Yes, that is a plural! The photo only shows one window and the details on-line only mention one window. Even the guys in the videos were surprised that there are two windows. Yeah!
Meanwhile, I love streptocarpus and used to have a large pot of them under my cherry trees, but they didn't survive the move here. I didn't want to spend a lot of money buying live plants right now and no one, NO ONE, in this area grows them or even knows what they are, let alone sells them. So I had to order seed from China. Not a problem, we grew them from seed at the Antoneli Brothers Begonia Gardens. That is where I got the ones I had. They aren't nearly as delicate as people believe. Like I said, I grew them outdoors under the cherry trees. Anyway, the seed was supposed to have arrived three weeks ago. And it just might have arrived today, I need to go down the hill to check the mailbox. How wonderful, the greenhouse will be done tomorrow, just in time to sow some tiny tiny seeds.
Progress on the greenhouse! There are a lot of tiny little nuts and bolts that all have to be done by hand.
And a photo of my steps happily blooming under the cherry trees way back when.
Sunday, April 14, 2019
For example, all three people mentioned that the specs for building the foundation were off by half an inch. Meaning that the square wood base I didn't know I needed because the photo on the box has the greenhouse sitting on grass, should not be built using the calculations in the instructions!
Since I can't fit 8 foot lumber in my little Nissan, and I wanted to make sure I had some wiggle room for the foundation, I decided to have the 2x4's cut into half the supposed length needed for each of the four sides of the greenhouse, and just half an inch shorter than the specs called for.
I figure that if I wind up with small gaps, that would be a way for excess water to wash out.
The other cool idea which I hope to implement in the future, was one man's idea of putting it all together and then building another low wall and putting the whole greenhouse on top of that. Effectively making the greenhouse two feet taller for a tall man! I like that idea because that would give me more room for shelves, as I am hoping to be able to stack my tube trays four high using plastic modular shelving. I already have six sets of those and I know one tube tray will fit on each level.
So today I was able to get the box unpacked. And there are A LOT of pieces to this thing!
Friday, April 5, 2019
I cannot tell you how happy I am to finally have a real greenhouse again after all of these years trying to make cuttings without one! Upright fuchsias are pretty hardy and I was able to make thousands of cuttings in the past without a greenhouse because I used a breathable sheer cover for them.
But out here in the oak woods, it is an entirely different game and I've been struggling every since I moved the nursery here 8 years ago, to try and do anything at all beyond just keeping my stock plants alive and protected from all of the wildlife. The deer adore fuchsias....
So do the gophers and worst of all, the rats. Not little pet store rats. Great big wood rats that destroy everything looking for edible seeds and shoots. And gophers will chew right through the bottoms of thick black plastic pots to get at the roots of the fuchsias. Squirrels looking for a safe place to bury their acorns, dig in all of the pots, dislodging vital name tags...
The first year, it was my dream to have a huge display garden of all 350 varieties planted along a long slope. So I spent a huge amount of time clearing that slope, digging 350 holes big enough to put 5 gallon sized fuchsias into, and then planted all of my stock plants here. Only to have them all freeze that winter in a freakishly cold winter snap here by the ocean. And when they tried to come back up from their base stems, the deer mowed them down. This meant building a deer proof enclosure, and digging all of them back up, re-potting them, and moving them into the enclosure.
During this time there was no material to make cuttings with, so I had no inventory to offer. And no income. Without the ability to be here and monitor all the different needs of small batches different varieties of cuttings in person, while I worked other jobs and went back to college, it was basically impossible to create a new inventory.
With great expectations this winter, I started out by sowing over 20 varieties of flower seed in order to raise funds and be able to start making fuchsia cuttings again. But as soon as I moved them outdoors to the grow shelves, the bumper crop of rats (everyone in this entire county is screaming about the rat population explosion this year) immediately broke into everything and dug everything up in their search for anything edible.
That just about did me in.
But I can't give up!
I opened an Amazon Handmade shop ( Amazon.com/handmade/Pedricks ) to sell the lavender items I've been making from the field of lavender I planted to replace the field of fuchsias.
The Etsy shop is still up as well, but fewer people even know Etsy exists (Etsy.com/shop/Pedricks)
And I will be adding another 100 lavender bushes to it as soon as they are big enough. It is my hope that sales of lavender will continue to fund my efforts to get the plant nursery restarted. With a focus on the hardy upright fuchsias I fell in love with way back in my days at the once famous Antonelli Brothers Begonias Gardens where I had an acre of greenhouses growing ferns.
With this little greenhouse, who knows? I just might finally be able to sow some fern spore again as well!
Thank-you to everyone who helped me get this little greenhouse! A second one, twice it's size, has a space reserved for it down below if all goes well this spring and summer.
Of course it is raining cats and dogs right now. But as soon as the greenhouse is put together, I will post more photos here!
Saturday, March 16, 2019
To finally get the nursery rebooted this spring, I have sowed all kinds of flower and vegetable seed to get the ball rolling while it was still too cold to make cuttings. When I transplanted most of the seedlings outdoors onto shelves, the rats discovered the sprouting sunflowers and loved them so much that they destroyed almost everything looking for more!!
So I need a small greenhouse. One to start and then maybe a few more side-by-side. And I can get one big enough for the seedlings for just $300 right now. If I had $300...
This little greenhouse is 6 feet by 8 feet. The perfect size to get started and it even has a sliding door.
Help!! Please share this post, tell a friend who loves fuchsias, or anyone who loves lavender! Because selling items I've made from lavender is the means by which I am funding the renewal of the nursery.
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
With these ingredients, you can create the custom soil your particular seeds or cuttings need to get a good start. Most fuchsia seeds, for example, are so tiny, they need to be sown onto a moist surface, but not buried. A thin layer of fine sand over peat moss or vermiculite, gives you a smooth surface and you don't have to worry about tiny seeds falling down into the gaps between chunks of soil. I hope to be sowing some fern spore this year and this is exactly what I will need.
You can buy each ingredient individually, or in sets. The set shown, also includes the sand.
And if you drop me a note on Etsy telling me that you saw my post here, I will add a set of 10 white blank plant labels in your order for free!
Seed And Cuttings Starter Kit with Free Shipping
You will be helping me get the fuchsia nursery back up and running. Everything depends on what I can accomplish during the next six weeks!
Sunday, February 17, 2019
To get the ball rolling, I will be offering small flowering plants first. Such as viola's, primrose, labelia, godetias, zinnias, etc. While the fuchsia cuttings root and grow large enough to survive shipping.
Meanwhile, I have begun offering blank white plastic plant labels in sets of 20 for $5.00 a set and free shipping:
Blank White Plant Labels
Friday, January 18, 2019
People! If I am going to have any chance of finally restarting the fuchsia nursery again, it has to be now. Horticulture is time sensitive. I need to be making and monitoring cuttings right now. I can't be gone all day working elsewhere and keep them alive. No, I cannot use automation to monitor them. They are in small batches and each variety has different requirements. Please help, if only by sharing this post and/or the facebook post on PedricksCorner. Thank-you!
I just listed this vintage hand blown glass vase my dad purchased in Osaka, Japan in the 1960's.
You can see it on EBay here: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Kamei-Golden-Glass-Vase-Original-Box-and-Labels-Numbered-D-701-Toshichi-Iwata/233113147908
And here is a little bit about it:
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Things are coming along for 2019. The fuchsias are doing well and if proceeds from selling lavender keep up, I will be able to keep working on getting the nursery back on-line this spring. And maybe, by this fall, I will get the opportunity and have the means to start throwing clay again. Just used this big bowl I made in 2016 and wondered if and when I am going to get to make another one, or two, or one hundred! The lavender wand inside is nine inches long. This is one of the biggest bowls I was able to make while I was learning to throw. An on-going learning process I hope to continue for the rest of my life.