We are heading into February with some snow on the ground! The much needed blanket has been beautiful to witness all around the farm. Jamie, Joey, & Elijah have the H2A apartment just about ready. From there, they will finish up equipment maintenance and make sure we are ready to go for the season. We are in the final stages of checking our liner orders and adjusting what we are planting into our fields this spring. It won’t be long and our new baby trees will be heading our way!
We have started tagging trees in the field for 2023 spring orders. We found a few more blocks to re-measure (we suspect certain species put on some growth since our last inventory). After we finish spot checking, we will begin our final tagging for spring harvest. Our spring pre-sales are solid going into February, and we anticipate more to come in the next month before digging. We are making plans to stock our above ground SGN Trees Yard with some beautiful trees. Our team is looking forward to Spring 2023!
We try to take advantage of peaceful winter days in the local woods along the Waupecan Creek. The Sycamores really stand out in the winter. Their canopies shoot high above the rest of the forest. Their roots anchor the stream banks along the Waupecan. Their unique bark pops in the dull winter sky. Moving into the nursery, we checked on the close Sycamore cousin, Exclamation! London Planetree. This smaller and more refined relative is a perfect choice if you want this local native in a cultivated landscape spot. One of our favorites!
We also caught some beautiful images of one of our favorite trees, “Old Hackberry”. It stands tall and silent in the rural winter landscape. This classic Midwest native grows along our creek bank and dominates the nursery skyline in winter. This tree is striking in all seasons and hosts so much habitat for our SGN creatures!
We hope you enjoy these images from around the farm in February: