...on the right, the latter! Of course, you can probably tell that I have taken a few liberties with these shots, but that is completely beside the point! Never mind the fact that they are taken from different directions, in different lighting and the "after" pic has a positive little Instagram spin on it. The point is, we need to focus on the positive right now.
Excessive mud has been making life plenty interesting while we move plants from our potting annex to the perennial greenhouse. Said mud forced me to make a temporary path out of flattened, plant boxes; so that morale wouldn't plummet to January levels during the moving process. Of course, my cardboard path was immediately rained on. This lured me into a false sense of security, regarding its mobility in the wind. Needless to say, Mother Nature was a bit of a blow hard today; disassembling and disbursing my path over quite the impressive radius. What could I do? I picked it up, weighed it down with bricks and washed the mud from my hands. At least it's not snow. I must remind myself of the foot plus that the weather terrorists predicted less than a week ago. Things could always be worse and I really do believe that this is spring. At least it smells like spring!
My name is Connie Kratzke. I have worked with Kahnke Brothers for 16 years. During this period, I have done everything from watering the plants to designing our website. My role at the nursery involves selling stock, managing inventory, marketing plants and overseeing the production of shrubs and perennials. Sometimes I sit at a desk and other times I can be found in a Bobcat. During my career here, I have become a MNLA Certified Professional. I am also an at large member of the Minnesota Grown Promotion Group/Minnesota Grown Advisory Committee. Currently, I serve as City Arborist for Silver Lake, Minnesota, and a member of their planning commission. My focus is on helping our clients succeed with their landscaping efforts. Education is a huge factor influencing that success. Keeping it real is my strategy. Through sharing my experiences at the nursery and at home, I hope to debunk myths and eliminate concerns. At the same time, I want people to be aware of what doesn't work. Living things are somewhat unpredictable, but they all have basic needs. Understanding how to fill those needs while simultaneously achieving landscape goals is a process that I want to share with as many people as possible, because I truly enjoy it.