Greenhouse Blog

Excuse me......

September 13, 2018
January 2017...... really it's been that long.  Apparently, I need to find more time to update my website.  What has happened since 2017..... well LOTS!!!!! 
2017 was a year of reflecting on those growths, learning from the struggles and celebrating the successes. So for the 2018 season, MooseBay Greenhouses wanted to change the focus of the way we did business and brought the business back to the basics.  We discontinued two of our wholesale contracts and in its place we inserted succulent, fairy garden, and  horticultural classes, as well as,started fundraisers.  All more rewarding than I could have ever imagined.  I realized that I LOVE teaching the public about plants.  To see the happiness that leaves from the classes makes all the sleepless nights, hours of planning, and long days so worth every bit of it.  It is also very cool to now have that connection with everyone that took the classes; it's a connection of learning, a connection of a common passion, and a connection of accomplishment.  All things that bring happiness; you can't put a price on that.  
2017 -2018 brought also brought milestones in our family. We had a convocation from Olds, College with a Horticulture degree, we had a gold and silver medal from Canadian and National Skills competitions in Welding, we had a graduation from grade twelve, and we had a graduation from grade nine. We also had a completion of first year welding program with SIAST.  All things that not only made this momma extremely proud but also made this momma feel very old.  lol
Enough with the bragging and back to business ;)
What will 2019 bring...... well let me start by saying I will have another child graduation from Grade Twelve...yikes.  So that means the greenhouse will be a buzz with graduation planning and will be closing early for the season.  What do I hope the season will look like in three words.......they are; busy, exciting, and rewarding.
Busy..... I am continuing with the classes for 2019 season. But adding a new division of fundraising.  I am offering a fundraising program for the Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.  Spring fundraisers will include pre-made succulent containers and classes.  Summer fundraisers will include a hanging basket programs. Fall fundraisers will include pre-made fall arrangements and  classes and the Winter fundraisers will include pre-made wintergreen arrangements and  Greens arrangement classes. The cost of the fundraisers will be my fees plus shipping. (Depending on the program you choose).  Your profit for the fundraiser is the price you add after my fees.  It all sounds busy but this busy is fun busy.  
Exciting..... fundraisers are exciting but ordering and finding new product gets those creative juices running.  Because of the discontinued product that has happened in the past two years; there is a lot of new products coming. I am in the process sorting through the mounds of catalogs and placing orders. Daunting but rewarding.  I am hoping to add more tropical and house plants this season.... so stay tuned.
Rewarding..... it's all rewarding but my passion is teaching.  I love to teach and talk about plants.  I would like to do more school projects.  Doing more hands on learning and teaching people about plants.  The good, the bad, the beneficial so to speak.  The good.... plants, flowers and nutrition; the bad.... bugs, disease, plant health;  the benefits.... well that word in it's self takes on a world of it's own.  The reward comes from giving just a seed of my passion to others and they can grow their own passion whether it be just knowledge or the love of plants. Rewarding also means entering into our 12th year of business.  Twelve years of cultivating greenhouse families and growing new friendships because of that.  I have realized that it's the people that make the business not the business that makes the business.  We will always provide quality products, valuable customer service, and honesty; however the reward for us is the people.  That being YOU!!!!! You are my people.....you are the business.....you are my reward and I thank you. 
So as we take on the new 2019 season with busy, exciting and rewarding as our goals let us remember that no matter how busy we are, no matter how exciting life can be, and no matter what the rewards are.... you need to take time for yourself to feel the busy, to embrace the exciting and to honor the reward. 
Until next time,
Judy 

 

Skipped a year

January 5, 2017
Holy Moly, it's 2017.  Yikes I missed a year.  2016 a year of growth, struggles, and successes which sums up everything in three words. 
Growth, our greenhouse business and farm business expanded which left us in a vertical learning curve once again.  Who knew that adding on to a business meant everything changes. lol.  Not only do you increase your product but it also means increasing your managing skills, customer expansion, more troubleshooting, longer hours, and less appreciation for what ...
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Happy Easter

April 5, 2015
Happy Easter to you. 
We have been busy filling up the greenhouses these past three weeks. This season we seemed to have hit the ground running.  Other years we eased into planting and took our time.  This year I had the plants three days before we started and we all felt like we had been hit by a truck the first week.  Our bodies weren't use to the lifting, bending, and running.  The planters were unbelievable.  They planted up to 4000 plants a day which required soil to be mixed, pots fille...
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2015 season opener

February 5, 2015
With only a few weeks left before my season begins I am frantically finalizing orders and reviewing what I have coming for the season.  I am very excited to see what this season will bring.  My husband says its going to be an early spring with warmer weather and I can't wait. 
Can you believe this will be my eighth season? I sure can't; I still learn new things every season and just when I think I have something figured out, it changes.  Eight years ago I didn't know how many wave petunias to ...
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New Perspective

October 29, 2014
I was looking back at some of my blogs and I am always surprised by the way time flies by.  I shouldn't be surprised, I lived the time that seemed to have flown by but REALLY where does the time go.  It has been almost a year since I posted a note here.  

In that year I reflect back at what was accomplished, what was felt, how I made a difference, what my family contributed, how I contributed to my family, what I need to change, and what is to come.  In that reflection I also really take a loo...
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Welcome 2014

January 6, 2014
2014, what do you have for us?  

I took the Christmas season off from my office and all it's piles of work waiting for me.  It feels great to come back refreshed and have a renewed feeling that the piles mean progress not just work.  The cold weather also keeps me focused on the now well sorted to do piles that will soon be marked as finished.  Christmas was fantastic for me this year.  It was filled with family, memories, traditions, and friends.  I truly am blessed to have all of them in our...
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Let me try again

October 25, 2013
When I wrote the unsaved blog yesterday I was feeling that time has been flying by too quickly.  I can't believe that the harvest finally finished and that we are in preparation mode for the snow.  SNOW something we have had twice already.  HEAT something we didn't have a whole lot of this summer.  MOISTURE something I thought we would never get rid of. Spring, that seemed to linger on forever. Summer, did we have one. Fall, hoping for a Chinook. Winter, that comes too soon but is a welcome s...
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OMG

October 25, 2013
I spent the last two hours typing you a new blog.  I finished it and was to post it when it said something went wrong with the post.  I LOST it ALL.  Frustrating.  Soooo...
Until next time take care,
Judy
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Phew... almost missed it!!!

April 22, 2013
Phew.... I thought I had missed spring while being so wrapped up in the tropics.  I can now see some mud and running little rivers in my yard.  I usually dislike this time of year because I am constantly vaccuming and shoveling out my porch. However, this year I am welcoming the mud, extra tonnes of laundry, the build up of water behind my greenhouses with open arms and embracing the smell of rotting grass and snow mold.  Yum!!!  On the brighter side, I do leave the stench to the smell of fre...
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Off to the tropics

February 23, 2013
As I have always stated, I look forward to this time of year when I get to head to my tropical vacation.  I have started up the grow shed and I have had to afjust to working in the 28+ greenhouse. I planted the petunias, gazanias, violas, strawberries, dusty miller, some tomatoes, and others I can't spell.  I planted them on Tuesday this week after a winter getaway with my siblings, and our parents. Which by the way was fantastic. Thanks mom and dad. We went fishing, snowmobiling, hot tubbing...
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