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It’s a whole new year!

Icartoonfile1364Happy New Years from all of us at Gilson Gardens!  As I sit here in my office with the snow falling down and the wind blowing I just keep thinking to myself….spring is coming….2015 is coming and you know what…it is!  Tonight we all celebrate a brand new year…we will make resolutions we won’t keep, we’ll probably drink too much, not feel too good in the morning BUT…at the end of the day….2015 will be here and that is exciting!

We have a brand new set of 365 days to enjoy!  Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter!  We have new plants to put into the earth, gardens to renovate or just prep for the coming of spring.  I know most of us can’t get out there right now but it will be here before you know it so start planning what you would like to do with your outdoor spaces.  Maybe this is the year you put in a small pond, or add to your patio, start container gardening….whatever you dream up you can make happen!

Do you know that ANY time you spend outside, doing ANYTHING with nature, you extend your life?  It’s true….add some years to your life and get outside in 2015!

As for us here at Gilson Gardens, we’re busy planning our year.  What plants to raise, how many of them, should we start with smaller liners to cut our costs but extend our growing season?  We’re constantly re-inventing ourselves to be sure we stay relevant!  It’s a tricky process getting our plants ready for when customers want them and then of course we have to deal with mother nature who we all know can be temperamental! (or just mental!)  I’m not sure which!

So my wish for you all is that you have a wonderful new year…spend those 365 days wisely because they go fast…don’t waste too many of them!  Be safe, stay healthy and keep planting!

Happy New Year!!!

Annette

How to stay Healthy in a Dark Garden!

 

    I was speaking to one of our sales reps today and he and I got on a rant about weight gain and the holidays and cookies and jeans not fitting……and it brings me to this.  How in the &)^%$^& are we to stay fit when the garden is dark at 5pm or sooner!  You can’t rush home this time of year and plant, or weed, or mow or for that matter….anything outside!  When it does start snowing and you know it will the news will be full of the “dangers” of shoveling the driveway!  Honestly…..with 11 more days till the days begin to get longer, what are we supposed to do with ourselves!?

  Get to the gym!  Get on your treadmill! Go for a walk (albeit with a flashlight!) Walk up and down your stairs! Go to the mall! Go to the Library! (great seed catalogs!) My point is do something!  All summer long we go every night until the sun starts to fade, being outside, doing whatever it is we love and we all know we’re not just lying around in the hammock!  So why, in the winter do we rush home to sit on the couch and start our primetime at 6pm?       

     STOP!  Get yourself moving now and believe you me we will all feel better for it when spring gets here and we can still see and touch our toes!  Fight the darkness!  I promise you, it will head off depression, keep you more focused and thinner! (or at the very least, less fatter!)  Keep dinners light and easy (you know we can all survive on a salad in the summer!)  Let me know what you do to stay busy in the winter! Maybe we can all make a plan for a fitter winter!

The Value of Plants in your Life

The other day I enjoyed listening to a webinar on the value of plants in our      lives.  The experts are working hard on putting a dollar figure to this value…my thoughts is it will be a while before it’s determined.

Plants add value to our homes. A well-landscaped yard will put more dollars in your pocket when it’s time to sell. This has been proven! Never mind the value if you’re not planning to sell but you have to admit that it’s a whole lot nicer hanging out somewhere where they’ve taken the time to add some color and plantings. Think about it, would you prefer to hang in the backyard with your friends surrounded by concrete and wood or flower beds and decks.

Cities are now working on adding green areas to roofs. Green and blue! Gardens, prairies, etc. When it rains, rooftop gardens catch and absorb storm water run-off or at least slows it down. This keeps rain water out of the gutters and hopefully out of the system that will overflow and end up messing with the city drainage! This saves money!

Green roofs and now living walls are being planted to save energy costs. A planted building will keep buildings cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter! Again…saving money!

Hospitals all over the world are using gardens to enhance patient well-being.  How?  It’s been proven that if patients are exposed to gardens, the recovery time is significantly reduced. Wellness centers worldwide are adding herb gardens, flower gardens and water features which in turn the patients and staff are benefiting. Shorter recovery, healthier staff…all equal savings!

So….although there are many more reasons to get a “little green”  in your life, we will all save some green in the process! So get planting and do your part to help the economy recover! Consider planting a vegetable garden if nothing else!

I’m Sorry, Did you say Something?

I attended a presentation last night that a gentleman named Marvin Montgomery gave to our local association. It really made me think about the way I react to people sometimes.

Now my job is to sell, that’s what I do. I sell plants. I am the sales manager. BUT after listening to Marvin….my thinking has been altered a bit. (or a lot!) He says people don’t like to call themselves “salesmen” and I agree. (actually I never had thought about it like that before)  We all know how we cringe inside when we pick up the phone and it’s someone somewhere trying to sell us something and most of us hate it!

“People buy from people they like and trust.” Boy is that ever true! Building relationships….how many times have we heard that when we’re dealing with social media…after all…that’s what we’re all doing out here…we’re building relationships!

LISTEN….one of his biggest suggestions to us was to listen to our customers, listen to our family, listen to our friends…..SHUT UP AND LISTEN!  Think about how many times people are talking to us and we don’t really hear what they say.  You are nodding and portraying all the body language that you’re engaged but are you?  I know I could do a much better job at this!  He said that most of us are just waiting for our turn to talk when were in a conversation with someone instead of really hearing what is being said to us. We’re busy getting ready for “our turn”…very good point! Personally this will be something I really try to improve on, especially with my family and my friends! I think it’s going to take a lot of practice!

Anyways…I just wanted to share what I learned last night and if you ever get a chance to listen to Marvin Montgomery I think you’ll be impressed!  He was just written up in the Cleveland Smart Business magazine (February 2011) and has spoken for the Ohio Landscape Association, Nursery Growers of Lake County Ohio assoc. and many many others!

     Overall, I guess Marvin’s advice is something we’ve heard before but did we really listen and do something about it?  It never hurts to hear how to be a better person, salesmen, friend, spouse, etc. again!