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April 10, 2014

Posted by nicosnurseryland on April 10, 2014 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

The sun is shining, the mercury is rising and the prices are dropping at Nico's! We are welcoming this fantastic weather with great specials on Forsythia, Seed Geraniums, Pansies, Asparagus, Apple Trees and Ceramic Pottery!!

 

Our inventory grows by the minute it seems. I know, in Blind Bay, it actually does! Dad has been bringing us beautiful Marigolds, luscious lettuce, and nice Seed Geraniums (on sale this weekend @ only 88cents), all grown by the staff out in Blind Bay.

 

We now have all our fruit trees in! The most popular is the "Fruit Salad" tree! with Hardy Almond, Peach, Plum and Apricot all on the same tree!! So cool! This weekend we have the Apples on super special, 26.00 each! Brand new trees, with bare root prices!

 

The Parking Lot Sale here at Nico's is constantly being added to with new perennials, shrubs and trees! Every item in the Parking Lot Sale is half price! A great way to fill the garden with plants that might need a little TLC! It's worth a look for sure!

 

Check out our ad on page 3 of the Lakeshore News for all the deals

 

See you this weekend,

Go Habs Go,

Marty

 

Winter 2014

Posted by nicosnurseryland on February 26, 2014 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello everyone! Hope your winter has gone well, and you're not too discouraged by the cooler temperatures, Spring is coming, I assure you! If you need some inspiration or proof, stop by our Salmon Arm store to see the changes and the spring blooms of primulas, mini daffs, crocus and so much more!

 

We've been busy here renovating our office, and transforming the store to be ready for the Spring Rush! Our Melissa & Doug line is in and expanded! We now carry well made kids toys from wooden trucks and trains to butterfly catchers and bubble makers! Some really cool stuff, I've already picked out some presents for my daughter Lauren!

 

Speaking of children, our family is growing! My wife, Kimberley, is pregnant as a surrogate mother for my sister, Maaike, and her husband Sean!! It is a very exciting time at the store and in our family for this to be happening! The new baby was due February 18, so we are all "patiently" waiting for the arrival any day now! We are figuring the arrival to be tomorrow morning sometime during the Gold Medal game!! :)

 

Ahhh, the Gold Medal game tomorrow at 4am PST between Canada and Sweden. I'll be up with most of the country for sure! What an Olympics it has been for Canada! In the top 3 with 24 medals at the time of writing, it's awesome! (I love that the Netherlands is doing so well too!) As if it could get any more exciting, I'm going to try for the gardeners out there. If Canada wins Gold tomorrow vs. Sweden in Men's Hockey, all tropical house plants will be 25% off for a week until March 1 at 5pm! If we can win by more than 1 goal we'll discount all Seeds by 25% as well for a week until March 1 at 5pm!!! Let's Go Canada Go!!!

 

See you soon,

Go Canada Go,

Marty

Fall for Spring Colour Sale

Posted by nicosnurseryland on September 12, 2013 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

The weather has been outstanding and it looks like we're in for one more summer weekend! Last night I harvested some more 'Mortgage Lifter' tomatoes of my "Mighty 'Mato" vine. There is nothing like devouring a fresh tomato in a salad or burger that just moments before, was living on the vine! One of my favourite things about the fall is the harvest!

 

Fall is a wonderful time to plant! The deals are endless and the weather is perfect. The plants are much happier in the ground before winter and have time to relax into their new home before winter hits. We've done plenty of landscape projects right up till it's snowing out and they've turned out to be some of the best jobs! Check out http://www.nicosnurseryland.com to see all the specials on nursery stock.

 

Uncle Len has been stocking us with some fantastic Fall Mums, Pansies and Kale this year! On our facebook page you'll see pics of all the mums surrounding the old '31 Ford! Our best deal are the mums growing in 10" pots for only 11.99!

 

The Fall Flyer sale is on now at our Salmon Arm store! (Blind Bay is now closed for the season.) There are so many cool selections inside the flyer I'm not sure what to talk about first? How about the "Orange Monarch" Crocus?!! We trialed these last year and had a tough time keeping them in stock! Just an amazing crocus, 10 bulbs only 4.97! Bulbs are so easy. Dig, Drop, Done. It really is that easy. Plant your bulbs after a few good frosts, enjoy Christmas and pop, you're bulbs are starting to show colour as soon as the snow melts! They don't need constant watering and fertilizing like our annuals and perennials, bulbs are the easiest! Take a look at the flyer, and pick out your faves, we'll help with any tips or advice you need!

 

See you at the Silverbacks Home Opener vs. the vipers tomorrow night,

or at the store of course.....

 

Marty

 

 

The Summer of '13

Posted by nicosnurseryland on July 27, 2013 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Happy Summer

 

A month into the Summer of '13! It's been fantastic here in the Shuswap as usual! Little to no rain, tons of sun and hot temperatures! Hopefully this email finds everyone happy and healthy. At Nico's we've had a wonderful start to this hot summer. Lots of landscaping is keeping our crew busy, we've even added Katelyn to the crew from the store in Salmon Arm! At the stores, we've been busy taking care of all our beautiful plants and enjoying a more relaxed atmosphere from the craziness of Spring! Hard to believe, but Christmas is starting to arrive, we are already unloading boxes and boxes of new ornaments for another big Christmas Season! (it helps to keep staff cool, unwrapping snowmen and reindeer with icicles!)

 

During these past hot few weeks, I've enjoyed some time off, relaxing on the patio, doing a little camping with the family and even squeezed some night time gardening in! I love gardening in the late evening, after the sun goes down! It's so peaceful and I find the temperatures to be refreshing, (since I'm not much of a morning person). Gardening with a cold beer is way better than a coffee, isn't it??

 

All of our much loved trees, shrubs, and perennials are on sale! It's a quantity based sale, where the more you buy the more you save! Buy any 1-5 plants, save 10%. Any 6-10 plants, and you'll save 20%. Buy 11 or more and you'll save a whopping 30%. You can mix and match any you like! Yes, you can plant in the summer, your plants just need some water, bonemeal and transplant liquid to have success! We do all our major landscaping in the summer, (too busy in the spring), and all our planting too, never been a problem! Gardening is easy with Nico's! Stop by, we'd love to help!

 

Have a great weekend,

Go Lions Go,

Marty

June 2013

Posted by nicosnurseryland on May 30, 2013 at 3:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Happy June

 

June, the month where the question isn't, "can I plant this now", but, "how high is the Lake"! I've been told that the Lake is higher right now than at this time last year, with snow pack still to melt. I'm an optimist, so I'm looking at this as, lots of water for our plants! Hopefully, the creeks and rivers behave themselves and safely transport all this water efficiently to our beautiful lake! June is also a month of usual rain, although I think we got our fair share here at the end of May. The forecast for the next few weeks looks a little drier and warmer, but who trusts a weather forecaster anyway??

 

The first weekend in June looks to be a great weekend to focus on some "Cool Selections" at our Garden Centres. We're featuring some interesting plants in the Lakeshore News this Friday. My new favourite rose, Charlotte, is a sweet yellow rose with a delicious scent and great hardiness. Such a big, beautiful rose, it's as big as a peony bloom! While Charlotte, is so cool, we also have over 20 different David Austin roses in ranges of colours and sizes! Love fried green tomatoes? Try growing Aunt Ruby's German Green Tomato with a sweet, rich flavour and a nice pink blush!

 

Hope to see you again this weekend,

 

Marty

 

PS. Oh ya, I almost forgot.... Great news in our little sports world in the Shuswap, the Silverbacks have been sold, and the new majority owner finally named! The press release is in today's Observer, (Wednesday), and on their website, http://www.sasilverbacks.com! Very excited about the future of the Silverbacks, we're in good hands!!

Christmas Store Open House

Posted by nicosnurseryland on November 10, 2012 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (0)

It's time to kickoff the Season with Nico's Open House! The ladies have been busy transforming our garden centre into one of the largest, most inspiring displays of Christmas! What started off in August, will be ready for you this Thursday! To help you get in the mood for decorating we're discounting all Christmas Decor by 15%, Artificial Christmas Trees by up to 50% and great deals on Poinsettias! We'll have Free Hot Apple Cider, Coffee, and Home Christmas Baking by Allison! It's going to be a great day, plus we're open late til 7pm for those who can't make it during regular store hours! Take a look at our website, www.nicosnurseryland.com to see some pictures of our displays this year as well as years past! While you're there, take a minute to look through the pictures of some of our landscape projects! We just completed a landscape in Wild Rose Bay with a beautiful Pondless Waterfall.

We'll see you on Thursday,

Go Lions Go,

Marty

How Fresh is Fresh?

Posted by nicosnurseryland on November 19, 2011 at 1:05 PM

When it comes to "Fresh" Cut Christmas trees, "Fresh" matters!  Everyone who sells cut trees for Christmas calls their trees "Fresh".  So it has to explained how fresh some trees are compared to others.  Some places, likely BIG BOX, receive their trees at the end of November and call them fresh.  However, those trees are cut in the USA, or back east sometime in October in order for them to sort, bundle and truck the trees all over.  I actually saw trucks on Thanksgiving Weekend with cut greens, wreaths, and trees all bundled up going somewhere!  Couldn't believe it!  Most other stores will get the trees in after they've been cut for a week or so, and that's not too bad. 

Our trees are cut the day before, and sometimes the day that I pick them up!  When trees are cut that fresh, they'll last months, not weeks!  I had one customer who lives in Alberta, has a cabin here, (don't they all)!  They come here for Christmas and after New Years they leave the tree outside in the snow bank.  When they get back in the Spring, the tree is still green! 

We deal with a family farm on the Hatzic Prairie just east of Mission, BC.  It's the perfect environment for growing trees, nice and wet with a temperate climate!    They've been growing and harvesting Christmas Trees for nearly 80 years!  Needless to say, they know what they're doing!  Three generations are out hand pruning the trees throughout the spring and summer.  That's right, no gas powered tools, just old fashioned shears!  They prune at the right time to ensure that the trees will "bud up" again and you don't end up with that "sheared" look with dead, brown ends of the needles.  I've posted a picture to show how nice the ends of the branches should be. 

 

We're also working with BC Hydro and the Ministry of Forests to get our own "Tree Ranch" out above Scotch Creek on the powerlines so we can cut our own wild trees for you too!  We've had samples of wild trees over the years, but I'm looking forward to our own in the next few years! 

So, if you want to buy a good tree this year, come on in, we should be unloading our first trailer load November 30.   

Strange Summer

Posted by nicosnurseryland on July 26, 2011 at 6:36 PM Comments comments (0)

"Hey, guess what?" 

"What?"

"It's raining again!"

That about sums up the first month and a half of "summer 2011" here in the Shuswap.  Oh ya, and the  unseasonably cool temperatures.  I've gotten so used to the high 30's and mid 20's for overnight lows of typical July's, this past one is tough to handle.  I can see the difference in our attitudes, some people, like me, are totally weather dependant.  I love the differences of the four seasons!  I love a cool, crisp autumn, a cold, snowy winter, a hot, dry summer and I definately love a good spring where the weekends are sunny and warm and it only rains at night!   This year has been a litle depressing when it comes to weather.  While winter did end, it took it's time.  And as for spring, well it's hard to tell if it's ended yet, the seasons are just blending together, sort of averaging out to be one big, boring blah!! 

As for the plants, well they're loving the rain, the thunderstorms are good for natural fertilizer, but with all that good stuff comes some bad.  Disease and pests are rampant with mild, moist weather!  Insects and fungi are thriving right now too!  Ofcourse the winds are wreaking havoc on trees too.  Many snapping in half, or simply being uprooted altogether!  Our flowering plants are delayed for sure, and they're most likely to bloom for shorter amounts of time as the heavy rains damage the blossoms.  We need to pay attention to the health of our plants very closely this year so they can be strong headed into winter! 

Here's to a Hot August,

Marty 

Can we plant our annuals yet?

Posted by nicosnurseryland on May 4, 2011 at 7:17 PM Comments comments (0)

Well it's a tough question to answer this time of year.  This past April was the 3rd coldest April in the last 30 years!  The average temperature at Vancouver Airport dropped by 2 degrees!  I'm sure ours did too, at least! 

However, it's now May and the weather seems a little better.  I've looked into my crystal ball and I don't see any major frosts for the Salmon Arm area, specially around the lake!  The forecast is calling for highs of 14-18 and lows of 5-9 for the next few weeks!  I like it!  With those temps you can now plant annuals and bedding plants outside!  Ofcourse you want to watch the short term weather report and have some "Crop cover" handy just in case. 

My sister, Maaike, has planted our big ceramic pots up at the nursery outside and they're looking great!  Here at Nico's, we've put some tender annuals into our cooler greenhouse, we cover at night with crop cover. This hardens off the plants so that when you take them home, they're a little hardier!  With our perennials, we've put them outside very early this year, so that they're on par with nature around our parts.  You can rest assured, that buying plants from Nico's will give you the best oppurtunity for success! 

So, yes you can!  You can plant shrubs, trees, fruit trees, berries, perennials, hedging, herbs, veggies, bedding plants and hanging baskets right now!  Just remember to watch the forecast and have some Crop Cover close by and everything will be fine!  Gardening is lots of fun, get outside and get Dirty!

See you at the stores,

Marty

Shoulda listened to Dad

Posted by nicosnurseryland on March 19, 2011 at 4:06 PM Comments comments (1)

Since the dawn of time Dad has cleaned up our yards every fall.  I remember back when I thought it would be more fun to be inside playing Nintendo or Atari then to be outside picking up piles of grape vine, leaves, or cut back perennial stems.  It would be late October or November and usually raining.  I'd come home from school with big plans on playing games till dinner, and Mom would have a list of things Dad wanted done before dinner.  Out I went, every year and helped him clean up the yard no matter where we lived. 

Now I have a yard of my own.  Last fall, I thought, "you know, if I left all the leaves they would just add to that 'thermal layer' of snow that's going to be falling soon.  It's a natural mulching!"  I thought the same with the dead perennial stems and tall grass.  This winter my yard has never looked so ugly!  Decaying peony leaves, rotting Rudbeckia stems sticking out above the snow did not look attractive!  I was praying for snow just to hide my yard!  "Shoulda listened to Dad" I thought every night I came home from work. 

So, last weekend I had a chance to clean some of it up.  The snow and ice had receded back halfway across my front yard.  I went out and cut back all the old stems, raked up the old leaves, and already it looks good!  Perennials will start faster in the spring without having to 'push' last years growth away.  Plus they're getting more sunshine now that they're not shaded by the old dead growth.

Needless to say, next fall I'm doing what Dad taught me do and cleaning my yard before the snow flies.  It'll make me happier, and I won't be praying for so much snow!

Happy Spring, Hope Your Garden is ready for you,

Marty8)


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