Monday, August 29, 2011

Happy Spring from pussy willows to grapevines

May 7th, 2011 
 
Our lovely pussy willow bush in the front yard of Rosewood was sprouting the little gray furry blossoms a few weeks back and then we got the snow. It looked so sweet with snow covering the blossoms but we worried. But then Spring came again and more blossoms. But then some of the blossoms had opened in to the green foliage. We always do some cutting to add to our bouquets around the inn but this year it was such an unusual display with some branches having blossoms and some about to burst into foliage, we decided that was dramatic on its own. Did you know pussy willows are extremely easy to multiply by softwood cuttings?  In fact, they root so easily that stems of almost any size can simply be stuck into moist soil in the spring, and they will be well rooted within a few weeks. The cutting must be set with the correct end up as it originally grew. So when you come as a guest,  if you would like to start your own “Welcome Spring” bush as we call it,  we would be happy to share a cutting or two with you. As our welcome sign says, “come often, sit deep –you’re one of the folks”.

We look forward to welcoming you to Spring happenings around town including the early opening of Alexis Bailly Vineyard. So every weekend in May they are open from 11 AM to 5 PM. Then their regular Open House weekend of the season is the first two weekends in June. And new this year –bring your dog to the Winery the first two Fridays of June from 5 to 7 PM.   Terry Ann, the Dog Whisperer, will be there to talk to your dog; Stacy Eng from Grand Paws in St. Paul is bringing her nail clippers; Treats from Sojos; and Toumie the Winery Dog will be giving dog tours in the vineyard!  You might want to check out our winery package on our site The two night package is all inclusive with vouchers for up to four winery visits nearby and dinners both nights and of course you have chosen a wine during your tastings to go with your in house dinner here at Classic Rosewood. We are so looking forward to seeing you here soon.

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