Our first blog of the year has traditionally been my gardening New Years Resolutions. If you’ve ever read one, you know I make them for you, not for me! But, 2021 calls for something entirely different. I can’t remember ever writing a blog with a year in review. That’s probably because I rarely look back, it’s not the direction I’m going. 2020 was too historic to just let it pass by without some year end commentary from me.
You didn’t hear much from me in 2020. I only published two blogs and we only sent out 3 emails. It’s not that I didn’t have anything to say, again, if you’ve ever read one of my blogs you’ll know that is most certainly not the case! Here at Lakeview we spent the entire 2020 gardening season just trying to control pure chaos.
The Coronavirus kept most of our full time staff at home this past spring so we brought on a staff of highschool and college students. Richard, Alec and I might have aged 20 years apiece in the 9 months of our store operations during coronavirus, but those students kept us laughing and smiling through it all. I’ve never been so grateful as I am today for the amazing people I get to work with! It seems that almost everyday I either hear or read about how younger generations are either lazy or simply expect everything to come to them without putting in any work to get it. I can tell you from first hand experience, that’s just not true. We all put in very long and very busy days and our younger staff was just extraordinary and they went above and beyond what was expected of them to help out wherever and whenever they could. They are such an amazing group of young people and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to get to know them all.
The Coronavirus also brought most of you out into your own yards and gardens more than ever before. We met so many new vegetable gardeners this spring that I was certain there would be a zucchini bonanza come July! It was refreshing to meet new gardeners who were really excited about a zucchini plant! And zucchini wasn’t the only thing you were excited about! I must have given out my moms salsa recipe several dozen times, because the conversation started with “What is a tomatillo plant?”. Without a doubt the single best thing to come from 2020 was that you weren’t in a hurry when you came in to shop. We got the opportunity to really meet and spend time with so many of you. We got to talk about your gardens, our gardens, your favorite plants, our favorite plants and so much more! We really do have the very best customers!
2020 found me grateful to you. You were ever so patient with us while we bumbled our way through building an online store. I never wanted an online store and I was certain I would never need one, who doesn’t want to pick out their own pansies? 7 nights (and probably 7 bottles of a good red) of watching YouTube videos brought Shop Lakeview Online to life! I’ll never forget the first few days after it went live and Richard, Tracy, Alec and I gathering together in the office to see the online orders come through. Not kidding, when I say that as a group we all said the exact same “Jeepers, this might really work” immediately followed by “Crap, we need to get more plants loaded up there”. Thank you all for continuing to support small independent stores like ours!
2020 found me grateful to my family and friends. Small businesses and farms are often an “All Hands On Deck” experience and Coronavirus had me calling in all the favors I’ve ever earned. Thank you Richard. You are truly the love of my life and your calm resilience and sharp mind helped to keep my choo choo from jumping the tracks! Thank you Alec for coming in to work every single day even when we weren’t sure we would be able to open! I would never want to try to do this without you. Thank you Tracy for coming back to help me try and keep up with the new website store! Thank you Mom for non stop baking us goodies from your quarantined kitchen. Thank you Dad for laughing at all my stupid stories and reminding me that no matter how bad I think it is, this too shall pass.
Looking forward to 2021 – I’m going to start writing those blogs now! Look for a more focused message from me, I want to showcase more specific plants so I’ve written a series on re-blooming shrubs (In a perfect world, rhododendrons would deliver us robust blooms AND rebloom). and new perennials. Let me know what you think. I’d love for you to tell me what you might be interested in reading here on our website and in our emails. Michelle@lakeviewnurseries.com, I’d love to hear from you!
My 2021 wish is for all of you to stay healthy and happy. I’m over the moon thrilled that so many of you found peace and joy in your gardens during such an unprecedented scary time and I’m beyond grateful that you chose us, either by shopping online for delivery or curbside pick up or by coming into the store to shop. We are really looking forward to seeing you all again this coming spring!
Happy New Year,
Michelle and Team Lakeview!