Wednesday, January 26, 2011

New Greenhouse- Ready for New Year

We celebrated the opening of our new Greenhouse with a ribbon cutting ceremony in late December. Our local senator, Don Williams was present and complimented us on taking our business to the next level. (From left to right- Laurelyn Martin and Byron Martin;Senate President Donald E. Williams, Jr. (D-Brooklyn); Jonathan Healy, the USDA Rural Development State Director).

We also had an opportunity to take a group photo of our amazing staff!

Here is a bench of Angel Wing Begonias which grow more easily in this new structure. Some of our new features include automatic vents, automatic watering and heat retention curtains. The energy efficient aspects will reduce our fuel consumption by 70 percent and makes us a truly "Green" company.

More rows of begonias. On the right our town economic developer, Elsie Bissett and Logee's financial manager, Marie-Claire enjoy the plants.

However, for all our die-hard Logee fans, our seven retail greenhouses that have character and charm will remain open with display plants.

You can still walk under an archway with ficus pumilla covering the ceilings and doorways. the real "Secret Garden" remains and actually connects to of our retail greenhouses.

The original entrance opens into the "Long House" which continues to boast spectacular floral displays- Like this Chenille or Lipstick plant with red long velvety catkins.

To see the actual ribbon cutting ceremony, click on the video below.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Blizzard At Logee's

Like everyone else in the Northeast, we had a genuine Blizzard. The old-fashioned Nor'easter that dumped a lot of snow on us at Logee's. This is the day after and except for a bit of snow on the roofs, we were amazingly fine! Take a look!

Our sign is just about covered from the 22 inches of snow.

A day later and we are open for business.

Our Lathe House under a blanket of snow. In the springtime, hanging baskets and flowers galore will be bursting forth with color.

Next to the Lathe House is a bush covered with the heavy snow. The two snow lumps in the lower left of this picture are the hardy bananas that we are wintering over. We'll see how they do in the springtime.

The lattice sides on the tool shed serve as a climbing structure for our goji berries and honeyberry plants in the springtime.

Inside one of our retail greenhouses, the snow has covered the panels and is preventing light from shining through.

This bougainvillea 'Barbara Karst' is usually in a bright spot, but until the snow melts it is getting a bit of shade today.

The snow you see is actually covering our under ground greenhouse called the Herb Pit. Once it warms up a bit, we will carefully shovel the snow off the glass.

This branch of our greenhouse is known as the Potting Shed and that layer of snow is bringing shade to our plants.

Inside the potting shed, it is rather dark for this "Golden Trumpet Vine" (Allamanda Cathartica 'Williamsii'

Our camellias in the big house still poking their heads out with lots of brilliant color.

Another Colorful surprise in the Big House called Tibouchina urvilleana "Edwardsii'

Empty snow-filled benches.

Pallets of soil will need digging out.

Another burst of color in the Greenhouses.
Clerodendrum Quadriloculare "Fireworks Plant"

An Angel Wing Begonia called 'My Special Angel' in the darkened Greenhouse.

The white plastic wrapped statue in the left is a fig wintering over.

Another fig wrapped in black plastic.

Horticulturist Byron Martin with a hot cup of green tea in one hand and his cell phone in the other.

The old range, emptied of plants but giving way to the blue sky through its metal ribs. In the spring this propagation house will be dismantled.

The outside of our new propagation greenhouse.

Lots of life inside our new building.

At the top of the photo you can see the shadow of snow, which will continue to melt in the gutters.

A christmas cactus Schlumbergera 'Cristen' at our grower's desk.

The seven circuit labyrinth resting 'til springtime.