Quailcrest Farm Redux
Berlin. OH - Events of Wednesday, June 10 to Sunday, June 14, 2014
As we said at the end of our last post, we relaxed over the weekend after finishing the installation of the new window in our entry door. We had a little rain early in the week, so we relaxed some more.
Since it was light rain without thunder, Freeway was able to get into relaxation mode, too. He likes to sit on on the top of the back of the recliners or the sofa. Note he has a dog toy under his chin to keep him company.
Lora had a Mary Kay event scheduled for last Wednesday afternoon, so we volunteered to drive to Pittsburgh for the day to babysit Lydia. As usual, we had a lot of fun interacting with her and watching her play.
Lydia is getting to be quite mobile and crawls around at a fast clip. Fortunately, Lora and J. Michael have installed baby gates in several locations so it wasn't too hard for us to keep her within sight.
Lydia likes to play tug-o-war with Freeway. Freeway is pretty gentle with Lydia, even when she accidentally grabs a handful of whiskers, but we still keep a watchful eye on him since he isn't used to being around babies. Lydia giggles a lot when they play.
Before we left to head back to Berlin, Lora and J. Michael treated us to take-out pizza from Hunner's Pizza, which is located close to where they live. Yum! We have been hungry for Hunner's pizza, but we weren't able to get any the last two times we were in Pittsburgh. The first time we tried, it was a Monday, and Hunner's is closed on Mondays; and the second time they were closed for a week for vacation.
It was after 7:30 p.m. when we headed back to Scenic Hills. Since sunset is so late this time of year, we got back just as the last light was fading from the sky.
When we were at Lora and J. Michael's house at the end of May for Lydia's dedication, Paul went to Bedner's Greenhouse with Lora to help her pick out flowers for her container garden. One of the plants Lora has had success with in her garden is a flower called calibrachoa (cal-ee-bra-CO-a), also called million bells. Calibrachoa looks like a miniature petunia. The plants have a sprawling habit and can spread up to two feet in diameter. They are available in a wide range of colors.
Paul did some research on calibrachoa and found out they will withstand light frost, so he figured they might be a good candidate for our garden in Florida when we're there over the winter. Additional research showed calibrachoa are most commonly propagated by rooted cuttings rather than by seed. Paul decided if we buy a couple of plants now and put them into a pot, we can enjoy them while we're in Ohio. Then if he begins to root some cuttings late in the summer before we leave Berlin, the cuttings should be ready to plant by the time we get to Florida in the fall.
A quick call to Quailcrest Farm near Wooster revealed they did have a few calibrachoa plants left in several different colors, so we headed there on Thursday. On our way into the greenhouse, Paul spotted an interesting garden bench made from stone, wood and old tractor seats. Since the bench didn't have a back and since the metal seats were hot from the sun, it wasn't all that comfortable; but it was unique.
Miniature gardens seem to be "in" this year. We saw some earlier at a garden-themed gift shop in downtown Berlin, and Quailcrest also had several miniature gardens located right outside the greenhouse.
While we were at Quailcrest buying the calibrachoa, we also looked around their display gardens again since many of the perennials hadn't yet started to bloom when we were there earlier in the spring. The next three photos show some of the additional color in the display gardens.
From Quailcrest, we headed back to the 5th wheel. Over the previous couple of days, tents, benches and tables had been set up at one of the Amish homes adjacent to the campground. When we left in the morning, we noticed a lot of activity around the home. When we returned, there were buggies parked all over their yard and in the parking lot of the chiropractor next door. We realized it was an Amish wedding.
We ran some errands on Friday and made a stop at Walmart to get a pot for the calibrachoa, which Paul planted on Saturday. We'll show you a photo in a few weeks once the plants have a little time to establish themselves in their new container.
We did a combination of puttering around and relaxing over the weekend. There was off-and-on rain on Saturday. The weekenders behind us were bound and determined to have a campfire regardless of the weather as they sat around their campfire with umbrellas in the evening.
Paul has some supplies ordered for a couple of projects, and we have done some research into possible sightseeing. We don't know when all the supplies will arrive or if the weather will cooperate with sightseeing. Therefore, we don't know exactly what we'll be doing next, but we'll let you know in our next post.