New Additions to Availability (and some other thoughts from Jeff)

You may have noticed a good number of additions to this list if you’re paying attention, and I certainly hope you are. There are a couple of reasons for the new listings. First, we’re finally getting some growing weather after a protracted winter. It wasn’t all that cold here this year, the coldest morning we had it was 27 degrees, but it seemed like winter would never end. Even as I write this we’re having a near-record cool snap for this, the 21st day of April. But we’re getting more warm days than cool ones now and stuff has finally started to flush. You’ll be seeing a lot more new items being added in the next few editions.

The other reason for the new listings is that we’ve finished shipping all the early-booking orders and we have some odds and ends left over here and there. As a grower, you want to try to cover your bookings as closely as possible because you don’t want to come to the end of the season with a lot of plants left sitting around. But on the other hand, there are few aspects of my job I enjoy less than having to call a customer who placed an order in January, one whom I’ve solemnly promised to hold plants for, and try and explain why some of his order isn’t going to ship. It ranks right in there with explaining to the State Trooper why you were in such a hurry before he pulled you over. Mishaps like this happen sometimes no matter how hard you try to avoid them, but it’s a tightrope all growers walk.

I will be most interested to see how the weather affects the industry over the next two months. March, for us and for everybody else I’ve talked with, was pretty slow due to the cold, wet weather. Now that we’re having unusually cool weather as we head into May I’ll be curious to see if we have an extension of spring sales. Nothing would suit me any better than that.

One of the most widely held articles of faith around here is that all the cold weather is gone when the pecan trees leaf out, and they’re leafed out now. There are exceptions to every rule but I must say, even as one who views most of these old husband’s tales with suspicion, I can’t remember getting any serious cold after pecans begin to bud out. Hopefully this year won’t be any different. 

It has been an extraordinary week of news following the terrorist attack in Boston. Like many of you, I have been riveted to the television and to various online news sources as everything unfolded up there. I was stunned when the perpetrators turned out to be Muslim extremists and not Presbyterians or Methodists. Never would’ve seen that one coming. Religion of peace, my foot.

I hope all of you who pray will join me in praying for those impacted by the attack. For all the problems we face as a country, and they are numerous and varied, it’s still the best place in the world to live. When I see the way people reacted in the aftermath of the bombings, and especially the way the police worked to identify the suspects so quickly, I am reminded of an old Lee Greenwood song and I, too, am proud to be an American.

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