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Thursday, March 25, 2021

Plant Availability March 25, 2021 plus Blog Post

 Greetings All, and Happy Spring.  What a year it has been ! Our latest Plant Stock availability is ready to send out to everyone but we wanted to quickly recap this past crazy year.

We are happy to say we have truly weathered the storm and are still surviving due to the spirit and support of our plant community !
A year ago, on Sunday, March 28th, 2020, we turned our tables on end, after running 2 weekend yard plant sales as the Covid situation became a reality, after losing all our spring plant shows and our mainstay of Saturday Morning Market closed down too.   We closed our business down and isolated like so many and wondered if we could get through it, although not knowing how long of an ordeal it would be.  We worried about losing the business entirely, we worried about losing our house, we were worried for all our friends and family, as well as worried for millions of people who were affected.

We worried about having enough toilet paper ! We worried about whether we could pay the utility bill to be able to water our plants !

We worried about our plant man, Mitch, who had just gone through 9 weeks of daily radiation therapy for treatment of his advanced prostate cancer, and whether it would work (hint: it did !)

We laid low till the first of May, and figured that we would have to re-invent ourselves, like so many were figuring out. I sat there in my little office room at home wondering what we could do.  And Eureka..the one upside of the Covid crisis was, people stuck at home, started working on their gardens and their homes..they had the time, Lord knows and they needed plants !

I woke the Plant Man from his ongoing naptime, and told him "you know what we are going to do?"..and he shook his head as he knows I can't be idle, and said "what?"...and I said to him...."we are going to work our Ass*s off" !

And so it began, I figured that if people can't come to us, we can go to them, and do it safely.  So, I surveyed our home nursery for 2 days and made an inventory. I put the inventory out on our website, and used lots of social media to promote it.  I offered that we could deliver plants, to porches, with safe no-contact interaction.   We cleansed and alcoholed all pots, wore masks and gloves, and we hit the road. We drove all over St. Pete north to south,  and Gulfport and beyond actually enjoyed seeing new areas and of course, admiring so much great landscaping from little porch gardens to big to-do's.

And what happened ? People supported us in our efforts !  The support of the St. Pete Plant society members and customers of our market and strangers reached out to pull us through for many many months.  And the great side benefit, we "met" so many new friends  even if it was only on facebook or private messages, it just filled our hearts with such joy during a very hard  time when we all were feeling so isolated. And we are so glad to say, that so many of these new friendships are still in place today and we have gained life long new friends that might not have happened if it weren't for the Covid crisis.  So I guess that we have made lemonade out of the Covid Lemon  xxxx

We could not have even started this reinvent process without the huge support of John Lopez and the St. Pete Plant Society Inc members, such a wonderful group of Plant Nuts, who are so supportive with their time and knowledge and buying power.  Anna Lapidus who from the first day, took pics of our plants and did so many posts on our behalf. We hesitate to try and thank every individual as we are afraid to leave someone out, but we hope, that you reading this, that you know who your are, and how you helped and supported us, and we will be eternally grateful for each and everyone of you.

Starting late summer, we returned to the re-start up of the summer market at Williams park, that segued into the re-start of Saturday Morning Market in November, and here we are in Spring of 2021. Although all our spring botanical shows were cancelled, we are very grateful to be a part again of our community market  and we continue to welcome visitors to our Home Nursery.

We have survived, we still are able to have our business, we were able to save our  home, and most important, we have stayed healthy and well during the process ! We acted responsibly, we stayed safe and made sure our interactions with customers was safe and now Mitch and I have been our double vaccines so we are grateful that is in place.  We will continue to act in a safe manner for ourselves and our customers.

Today, I looked out at our beautiful Clivia plant and observed that a new beautiful bloom was popping it's head up.....It gives us hope that we can continue.  Bless everyone that got our  little Nursery and us personally, through this...we love you all 💕



Okay, enough yakkin...ready for the plant list ?! (pics to come !)







Saturday, March 6, 2021

Plant Availability Saturday March 6, 2021

 Greetings all and Happy Spring !

Here is our updated Plant Availability Stock list as of today, March 6, 2021.

The best way to reach us is by our Business email:  heyplantman@gmail.com for questions, for picture requests and personal appointments to the Home Nursery here in North St. Pete.




Thursday, January 28, 2021

Plant Availability Thursday, January 28, 2021

 Greetings all, thank you for your patience while we get our new stock inventoried so we could update you.  The home nursery is full to the brim right now ! We have some fabulous new Hoyas as well as lots of other exotic goodies. You  can continue to follow us here on our website and facebook as well, at Mitch Armstrong Nursery and Annie Johnson Sprague.  We will be posting pictures primarily on facebook while we work on a new website, coming soon.


We are still participating in the downtown St Pete Saturday Morning market every week, as well as taking private appointments to the home nursery.

Contact us at:  heyplantman@gmail.com










Here is the Plant Stock Availability as of Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021



Thursday, January 14, 2021

Plant Stock Availability January 14, 2021

 Updated Plant Stock availability tonight !  Jan. 14, 2021.  We will be at Saturday morning market, downtown St. Pete this Saturday from 9am-2pm.  Private appointments to visit the home nursery, please email :  heyplantman@gmail.com, to set up a time !




Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Plant Stock Available Jan. 5, 2021

 Greetings, hope everyone is staying warm ! Here is our updated Plant Available Stock. Feel free to email us to inquire about plant(s) for pick ups at private appointments or at Sat. Morning Market. We will also be out and about this week plant hunting for more great specimens and restocking favorites.

heyplantman@gmail.com


Jan. 5, 2021  Available stock




Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Monday, December 28, 2020

December 28th, 2020 Plant Availability Listing

 

Greetings all !  As we close out the year of 2020, we know it has been very challenging for everyone and as a small business, we, like so many, struggled through, but thanks to Plant Lovers all around, we have been greatly supported by you all, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

We are ready to start a New Year and we strive to continue to bring you wonderful Plant Specimens. We are back setting up at our home base of the Saturday Morning Market, downtown St. Pete, at Al Lang Stadium parking lot, every Saturday from 9am-2pm.  We will also continue to offer private appointments to our home nursery here in St. Pete.

The best way to contact us is by our email:   heyplantman@gmail.com

We thank you again for your ongoing support and we wish everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year !

Love to all, Annie & Mitch

Mitch Armstrong Nursery & Annie's Plant Pallette