Thursday, March 22, 2012

Greenhouses in Lancaster County...

..just a stone's throw from our Lititz Bed and Breakfast.

With Springs abrupt arrival the myriad of small greenhouses that dot the countryside here are hanging out their “open” signs. Flats of pansies, seed packets, early annuals are all in beautiful display on the watering benches. Lancaster County is a farming community and spring planting, huge manicured gardens, banks of beautiful flowers and even window boxes are just a way of life here. It is one of the things that makes this area different and so very beautiful.  A recent facebook post by my sister proclaiming “I don't remember ever planting peas, potatoes, and onions before mid March! It sure feels good to have a head start this year! Planted some beets, lettuce, chard and kale, too”

We live close to more greenhouses than I can count. There are tiny farm stands that then sell produce in the summer, there are medium ones like Hoovers that started as a home grown produce market and turned into a full fledged greenhouse. There are the mega big ones that have everything garden related you can think of like Esbendshade's, just a short 10 min from the inn.

As March moves into April we find ourselves mapping flower buying trips for our guests. Over the years they have learned what a find this area is and come prepared to wander the back roads and visiting the farmers markets purchasing flats of flowers and veggies, hanging baskets and herbs, and even additions to their water gardens,  all to take home and plant.  Let us help you find the perfect spot for economical and beautiful flowers to plant all summer long all the while enjoying the beautiful one of a kind PA Dutch countryside.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Spring and Summer on the way to this Lancaster County Bed and Breakfast

“Can I pick fruit anywhere in Lancaster County?” At our bed and breakfast, this was a new question. Most of our guests are coming to tour and shop, eat and relax, not necessarily to pick fruit. But why
not? As I thought about it, it made perfect  sense. We encourage our guests to shop the farmers markets. We have a large refrigerator just for their use to store anything they find and want to take home with
them and we even have coolers for sale if they forget to bring their own!

The Lancaster area is home to many pick your own farms. Cherry Hill Orchard features the most amazing cherries in June and every kind of apple you can think of starting in late August. Strawberry farms dot
the countryside, many of them not far from our Bed and Breakfast in Lititz. Every spring we pick quarts and quarts of these to make our amazing fresh strawberry jam.

Starting now, the multitude of fabulous greenhouses stock their spring and summer plants, also a popular item to purchase at really great prices and take home. Stay tuned for more on our huge variety of greenhouses.

Why not plan a trip to pick up spring garden plants or pick berries, soak up some one of a kind relaxation in the quiet of the garden, and allow us here at Swiss Woods to spoil you with our great breakfast and one of a kind hospitality.

Rooms are filling up for the spring, summer and fall. Book early for your choice.

Book one of our specials for a great value. Visit our area page on the website for updated listings on all there is to do and see, special events and shows in Lancaster, auctions, farmers markets and shopping.  And be sure to "like" us on facebook to get all of the up to the minute  happenings. Can’t wait for spring? Well, it has arrived here in beautiful Lititz, PA.