Berlin, OH - Events of Monday, May 18 and Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Late last week, Margery decided she needed to get a haircut sooner rather than later, so she called a hairdresser in nearby Sugarcreek. The earliest appointment she could get was Monday was at 5:45. Since that's right around our usual dinner time, we went out to Der Dutchman for lupper before her appointment.
We both had the salad bar ($8.39). They also have a hot buffet after 3:00 on Mondays through Thursdays for around $14 that also includes the salad bar, but we get plenty to eat with the salad bar alone. In addition to shredded lettuce and all kinds of salad fixin's, the salad bar includes hard boiled eggs, pickled beets, chicken salad, ham salad, cottage cheese, pasta salad, fruit salad, Jello and/or pudding and more.
Everything was yummy as usual except we noticed the blue cheese dressing was not as thick and creamy as we remembered. We don't know if they changed the recipe or if the person assigned to make the dressing that day was having an off day. At any rate, the dressing still had a pretty good flavor.
The temperatures in the Berlin area have been going up and down faster than a yo-yo. Each change in temperature brings with it clouds and a chance of rain. Welcome to spring in the northeast.
Tuesday was cool, but sunny, so we decided to drive about 45 minutes to the northeast to Wooster, OH to check out Quailcrest Farm. Quailcrest is a garden center that has a big greenhouse with a large selection of annuals, perennials, and hanging baskets. They also have a gift shop with lots of of indoor and outdoor decorative items. We also like the fact they have several display gardens.
We used to make a point of going to Quailcrest in the spring when we had a stick house, but we we have only been there a couple of times since we became full-timers. Because we were we looking for a hanging basket this year, we thought it would be a good idea to check them out.
We first headed across the driveway to the display gardens. Although we were hoping the perennials would be a little farther along, only a few varieties were in bloom.
Quailcrest also uses colorful foliage and garden ornaments to add interest to their gardens, so even though there were only a few flowers, the gardens were still quite attractive.
They also add fences, walls, walkways, trellises and gazebos to define areas and to provide structure as shown in the next three photos.
After strolling through the display gardens, we headed back across the driveway to the greenhouse and gift shop.
There was a great looking chainsaw carving of an eagle right outside the gift shop.
There was a nice selection of annuals and perennials in the greenhouse.
They also had a large number of hanging baskets, and the prices were fairly reasonable. Unfortunately, we didn't find anything we really liked, so we'll keep on looking.
On the way back to the truck, we went through the outdoor sales area where there were rhododendrons in bloom and lots of decorative garden items like stone and wooden benches, Japanese garden lanterns and decorative flower pots.
Although it was a little cool and windy and even though we didn't find a hanging basket, we enjoyed our visit to Quailcrest Farm. We headed back to Scenic Hills to relax for the rest of Tuesday and for the next couple of days. We had special plans for the Memorial Day weekend, and we'll tell you about them in our next post.