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A beautiful pathway of evergreens lead to the gardens.

that had a hail hole right through the petals. “The bloom still lasted another five days,” he said. John has

started growing some of

his own plants and he has for some time over wintered those that don’t sell within a season. He brings them all together in fall, up-potting many that are ready for expansion and huddling them all close together so they can share warmth throughout the winter. Next year, he plans to grow all his

own roses from bare root stock. He has started with Austen roses and now plans to have an assortment of 40 varieties to choose from. He likes to grow his own peonies, too, concerned that over-fertil- ization early in the season leaves them vulnerable to powdery mildew later in the summer because they have grown

His garage is the store front.

too fast. John is a happy man. He has a staff

of two devoted women, Judy and Jen, who like to work three days a week during his busy seasons. He has two dogs, a yellow and a chocolate Lab, to keep him company. He feels blessed with the property he bought with unknowing precognition – it’s great for what he does, with its three-car garage to act as a storefront, the old horse barn to house his pots and other garden accoutrements and even a bathroom right off the garage for the convenience of customers. Now, the only thing he would like, to

make it perfect, would be a wider drive- way, but to accomplish this, he would have to cut down some trees – but then, he loves the trees. . . P

Hard to find varieties can be found here.

Pots, pots, pots!

John is a happy man.

Everything a gardener needs. Beautiful Gardens 2014 • 19

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