My name is Kenneth Rice and I’m the sole proprietor of Log Cabin Perennials, a one acre nursery located in Saco Maine, 6 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, and about 15 miles south of Portland, in USDA plant hardiness zone 5. The vast majority of the plants I sell are grown here-propagated by division, stem and root cuttings, seeds and plugs. Some of them I have had for over 35 years. A walk through my gardens will show the customer how the plants appear growing in the ground as they should in their own garden. In April and early May, I dig and pot up into 1 gallon nursery containers all of what I sell for the season. I open around the first of May, and at $5 each for every pot, I begin selling out of some plants by mid May, especially popular varieties, those in short supply, or ones that sell for much more at other nurseries, so get here early! Last season was crazy- I sold out in 17 days.
I MADE A FEW CHANGES LAST SEASON DUE TO COVID 19. I WIDENED THE PATHS BETWEEN POTS AND HAD STEP OUT SPOTS TO AVOID CLOSE CONTACT, I BUILT A SELF SERVICE BOX TO MAKE YOUR OWN CHANGE AND DEPOSIT CASH OR CHECKS, AND MY OPEN HOURS WERE FROM DAYBREAK TILL DUSK. I ATTEMPTED TO KEEP THE TOTAL NUMBER OF CUSTOMERS AT ONE TIME TO 10 AND I ASKED FOLKS TO WEAR FACE MASKS. IF IT WAS REAL BUSY, FOLKS COULD WANDER THROUGH MY GARDENS AND MARVEL AT THE AMOUNT OF WORK I HAD AHEAD OF ME. I WAS USUALLY IN THE GARDEN AT DAWN AND CALLED IT A DAY AFTER SUPPER, BUT YOU COULD LEAVE PAYMENT EVEN IF I WASN'T AROUND.
AS OF NOW, APRIL 2, I'M ASSUMING I'LL KEEP THINGS THE WAY THEY WERE. I WILL BE VACCINATED BY MAY 1, BUT STATE LAW SAYS MASKS MUST BE WORN IN PUBLIC PLACES- SO I'LL WEAR A MASK AND ASK EVERYONE ELSE TO. STAY TUNED.
Hummingbird taking a break Anthemis tinctoriaHelleborus niger
All photos were taken in my gardens using a Cannon Rebel.
Background plant above is Astilbe "Visions in Pink"