Friday, May 15, 2015

Everything You Need To Know Is On Pinterest

Pinterest Inspiration picture #1

I have to tell you a secret.  I am ADDICTED to Pinterest.

Pinterest Inspiration Picture #2

I just can't get enough of it!

Our version of the White Rabbit in last year's May Day Parade

There are just so many wonderful things on Pinterest that tantalize the imagination.

Another Pinterest Inspiration photo
Once I find something I like…….

Wee Three Pinterest Photo Session
I get my team together……

Getting the shot is not as easy as it looks!
and we work hard……

A few things get in the way
to get it just right……

Some props are more challenging than others
which always takes a few tries!

We just have way too much fun!
Luckily my daughter, Lydia, also loves Pinterest…...

Pinterest Photo Idea number 4
and has a fantastic talent with a camera…..

A rainy day in April with Wee One posing for the camera
as well as the most photogenic children on the planet!

Together, we fuel each other's obsession!

A few weeks ago I found this amazing wheelbarrow planter on Pinterest and I just HAD to try make one for myself.

I scrounged up and old yellow wheelbarrow from the greenhouse and painted out all the dirt and dry cement with a fabulous cherry red can of Rustoleum spray paint.

Then I planted it up with colour coordinating flowers.

Of course I couldn't help but go just a little bit further after I ran across these easy, peasy giant paper flowers…..

I got out my glue gun and scissors…..

and combined everything in a fantastic display that is ready to PIN!

So, this week at the store, we have decided to help YOU make your own Pinterest masterpiece since we are convinced you NEED to know how easy Pinterest projects really are.  All you have to do is register online at, bring your old "barrow" to the store this week on Saturday morning and we will have a Pinterest party all together!

You could make one of THESE…..

or these…..

or these……

or these…..


You could just troll Pinterest yourself to find the style you like.

But be aware that Pinterest is highly ADDICTIVE!

Don't say I didn't warn you.


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Mayhem for Mother's Day!

This is the week when all H - E - double hockey sticks breaks out in the greenhouse every year again!  And with it come a myriad of issues that are just too numerous to mention……

But I will mention them anyways since it makes for some pretty exciting blogging!

NOTE:  I was reading a new blog I found this week about the trials and tribulations of being in the floral industry, how tough and yet rewarding it is, and how important it is to find the joy in all the things we experience from day to day!  Who knew my twin was growing fabulous Wild Flowers in Skagit Valley, so close to home.  Looks like I need to put Floret Flowers on my bucket list of places to visit!

OK……now back to my story.

First off, our wholesale division is working out of 2 satellite greenhouses in Alberta and the Big Guy and I got the marching orders to see how we could help out in the prairies for the next 2 weeks.  My specialty is going around to all my favourite Big Box stores to check on the plants, water and spruce them up!

Depending on the weather, this can be an easy job…….

Brand new rental car with only 28 KM's on it now is a rolling garbage bin with 2000 KM's and counting!
or this can be a tough job……

Getting things to the stores in one piece over the winter washboard roads in the Prairies is not easy!
We encounter all sorts of issues……

The Big Guy manages to get stuck in the mud.  Don't even ask me how we got that thing back out!
the worst of which is WET FEET in my opinion!

I only packed enough for a few days worth.  I'm buying all sorts of strange things at the truck stop.
But in the end, we get the job done…...

and then Mother Nature throws us a curve ball!

In a friends backyard this morning in Edmonton!

However the craziness continues non-stop…….

Would you just look at the intensity on their faces…'s the wild, wild west out here!
And the hanging baskets just keep on rolling.

Fortunately, the Big Guy and I got a breather from the chaos with a flight in to Las Vegas on Tuesday night for a big Industry Convention.  Unfortunately, by the time we arrived we were too tired to check anything out besides a glass of Merlot and some appies in the piano bar.

The next morning we woke bright and early so we could check out the gardens at the Bellagio before the Convention opened.  What a TREAT to see such beautifully designed displays!

Behind the Front Lobby Check-in you can see this wonderful burst of colour.
Ginormous Foral Arrangements are everywhere!
In the Atrium

So much work and planning must go into these fabulous displays, no doubt!

Now, since my work at the Convention is TOP SECRET, I can't share any of my photos for now.  We are busy planning for next year and I have to keep those things on the down low.  Wouldn't want the competition to get a whiff of what we are up to for Spring 2016.  So, instead I sign off with a few more inspirational photos from this amazing hotel and say "Until next week!".

Beautiful classical garden out by the Patio Cafe
Our view of the Bellagio while getting a quick bite to eat at the Paris before flying back to Calgary
We may look old and tired but we try hard to make ourselves useful :)

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Big Day is Almost Here - Are You Ready?

Milner Village Garden Centre Mother's Day display

At this time of the year, all of our work for the past 12 months comes to fruition.  365 days ago we started ordering our pots, soil, seeds, carry trays, trollies, plant tags, protective sleeves, decor containers, fertilizers and so much more.  All in preparation for the biggest day of our season…..


We have travelled the world in search of what exactly your Mom will want for her special day.

  Our entire team has been working hard behind the scenes…..

Our Container Garden Planting Team

They all take great pride in making sure you will get the pretties flowers on the market!

Our Drivers and their swampers

Our team is the BEST!

With such a fantastically creative team behind us here, we take great satisfaction in a job well done.  A celebration is in order, wouldn't you say?

Any excuse for a party

Cheers to the BEST CREW ever!

And now, I must admit that what I would really like for Mother's Day looks something like this…

One of my favourite things to do…..climb ladders with wine bottles at the top!


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Welcome - Enter Here……Enter Often!

Has it really been 20 years?

Our first greenhouse, 20,000 square feet!

It feels like only yesterday we were starting out on the farm.

The old greenhouses are still in operation!

Not much has changed and yet nothing is the same.  Even our prices are better than ever!

Only moments ago, we were parents to 5 under 10, working hard in the flowers and trying to raise our family to be good stewards in this beautiful world we live in.

Now we're Grandparents to 4 under 5, working harder than ever and having more fun than we could have imagined 20 years ago!

We just wanted to say thank you to all of you who have watched our family and our business grow here in Milner.  Many of you have come in and offered your congratulations over the past few weeks, reminiscing with us on how much things have progressed.  You have rejoiced with us in the great things that have transpired over the past 20 years.  You have no idea how much your well wishes mean to us.

#blessings abound