Your Fruit Connection
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Greetings from The Happy Berry!
Open Saturday April 13, 11 AM to 3 PM for willows
Saturday April 20
Blackberries Forecast June 1
Blueberries Forecast June 15
News From the Fields:
Blueberry pruning is done! Grape pruning is done! We are doing the muscadines now. We had tree fall on the muscadine trellis and termites ate a few of our treated posts…the trellises have been repaired. We hope to be to finish the muscadines and start the figs by the time you read this on Friday April 12. We are running late. Not to worry that we have not mentioned the blackberry pruning - the blackberries were done last summer (better because it removes disease inoculum and gives the primocanes time to heal before winter).
Infrastructure work is next on the agenda. – Don’t forget we have an electric charger for anyone who drives electric cars. Spread the word!
We are looking forward to a great season with you!
If we are not at a weekend show we will be open at the farm on Saturdays from 11 AM until 3 PM. Of course if you call ahead we will meet you any time its daylight except on Sunday morning before noon.
Our first show is the Annual Remodeling Expo, January 11 to 13, at the TD Convention Center in Greenville. (Note that this means we will not be open on the farm Sat Jan 12 since we will be at the show.)
We will also be at regional home and garden shows in Anderson February 8 to 10 and Greenville March 1 to 3. (Note that this means we will not be open on the farm on Saturday Feb 9 or Saturday March 2, since we will be at the shows.)
From now through the first week of April if you need a program for your Garden Club, regional meetings or other gatherings we would love to give a program on Decorative Willows and Florals… The speaker would be Walker “Mr Willow II.” Just give us a buzz at 864 350 9345 or email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will set it up! Due to logistics we require an audience of 20.
The beautiful Silvers are doing it! As we say in the willow trade “they are popping!” The male catkin, which if carefully pushed, will get to be an inch or more. At The Happy Berry/Mountain Willow we cut them just as the shucks split or pops off. They are very difficult to handle if you let them go further. It then is up to the customer if they want to push them to a larger size. It is easily done- But…be careful …If you push to hard and are not watching, they will bloom (the male anthers will emerge, usually yellow in color) and drop off the stem. Many customers just pinch the shucks off and make a dried arrangement immediately. We know of arrangements that are 10 years old and still look great.
Pussy Willows grow well here in USDA Zone 8a and as a plus there are no female trees around, so seeds and progeny are not a problem. Of course if you want, we will teach you how to grow-your-own…but you are in control! And you can put them where you want them not where a seed happens to fall. Ask us for cutting wood and instructions. To our knowledge we are the only producer in South Carolina so we are not worried about competition. In fact we will prune your tree for the stems, if you are reasonably close.
That brings up the issue of price. We just checked on the web and we found that our prices under-cut theirs by $3 to $5 or more for the 3-4 footers. Plus you have to pay shipping. In addition if you want 5 feet or 6 feet, no problem for us. If you would like really big ones 9, 10 or more feet let us know and we will special cut them for you and have them waiting for pick up. Our price for 3-4 feet with 12 stems per bunch is $12 or two for $20. If you would like us to mix in 3 red curly stem it is just $15 or 3 green curly for $14.
So we also have Red and Green Curly’s and Purple Heirloom that are ready to pop but have not done it in the field but will if you force just a little. Japanese Fantails have just few shucks splitting so they are ready for selective cutting. We will have a very limited supply of Sir Harry Lauder Walking Stick at $3 per stem.
PRUNING- come learn with us!
ELECTRIC CAR CHARGER!
THANK YOU FOR A GREAT 2012!
Any questions … let us know. If it is generic we will include it in our next newsletter …otherwise a personal response to the best of our ability.
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