ROBLYN CHRISTMAS TREE FARM IS OUR HOME! forum: What is happening today?

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Nov 6, 2013 9:22 AM CST
Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey
First thing we do the first weekend in November is to put red bows on all the trees that surround each tree field as well as the long fence in the front side. I have made hundreds of red bows and people look forward to them going up. It is a reminder that we will open for business the Friday before Thanksgiving with our regular party atmosphere that caters to families. They can come in and tag a tree to cut later or they can cut early and take the tree home.
Here is Lynn putting up some of the red bows.
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Our main goal is to cater to families and show them how to enjoy an old fashioned
Country Christmas.

Many of our Military families have never even seen a Christmas tree growing, much less get to pick one, cut it and take it home. They love the hot chocolate and cookies, plus the swings, sliding board, tractors and picture taking. We also have little gifts for the kids.
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Nov 7, 2013 8:41 AM CST
Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey
We have several fields of trees of all sizes. First, the big trees where people will no doubt be spending most of their time choosing and cutting.

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Then the next size big baby field.
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More babies but smaller
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Then the small baby field
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Teeny Weeny baby field
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It takes a good five years for trees to become large enough to sell, so we have to stagger the plantings so we have trees each year. We learned that the hard way and for a few years we had to bring in cut trees, which is just not coat affective.

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Nov 13, 2013 9:19 AM CST
Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey
Had a few days where we were just so busy I could not post, but I had to put this up since yesterday was our first snow. By the time I got out to take pictures this was all that was left on a few baby trees.

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Nov 13, 2013 9:26 AM CST
Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey
Making wreaths to sell in the Christmas Store. Here are a few of them. They are all different 18 inches selling for $15.00 at the store only. (specially priced for the Military)Thumb of 2013-11-13/JB/fde295
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Nov 20, 2013 3:15 PM CST
Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey
All but ready to open this Sat. morning. Put the finishing touches on the old barn...Di, Rob and Gracie put the lights up

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Gracie is trying out the sleigh to see if the kids coming to take pictures can sit there and look like they are having fun. She said we did a good job and it was fine. Gotta love that girl.

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Nov 24, 2013 6:46 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
What a lovely place you have. So many beautiful trees. As a mother of a returning wounded Warrior, I say Thank you for what you are doing for the soldiers and their families. Little things make such a big difference in their lives. Group hug
Dec 27, 2013 2:33 PM CST
Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey
Here I am, a month later, finally having time to sit down and reflect on our past month of celebration, fun and lots of cookies and other good things to eat. I know I am not going near the scales for a few weeks.

We were open every weekend since the weekend before Thanksgiving. We were not going to open early but everyone else did so we had no choice if we wanted to keep up with sales. People were ready for Christmas right after Halloween this year. Really sad because I think Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday. It was almost forgotten this year.
Sales were not as good as we thought they would be, but then we were not alone. Our neighbor, who brings in all his trees from Canada has quite a few leftover. Too bad, same thing happened last year. This year their poinsettias really did not sell. Usually she makes three trips to the wholesale place and this year she made the first trip and still had some left over. It was just a beautiful display and the plants were tremendous. People just did not have the money for trees and plants or whatever they were buying.
They closed the day before Christmas and they brought me all their leftover corn muffins for my birds. They do that every year since he knows I used to buy them all I have enough in the freezer to last me all winter and part of the summer. They also gave us a very large wreath for the side of our little workhouse as well as a beautiful scarf (handmade that they sell) a home made apple pie the Mother baked with the leftover apples. We share all our imperfect trees, holly (red and yellow) and cuttings from other greens they use for all of their wreaths and grave blankets and other things. They send us business and we send them business so it is just a perfectly great relationship with loving neighbors who are like family. There are some really nice people in this world it you are lucky enough to find them. Fortunately we are lucky.

Here is a shot of the big wreath.
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If anyone is interested in looking at more beautiful shots of the neighbor's place this is their Facebook page link.

The Facebook page for RobLyn Farm is:

Enough for now. Will return with pictures of trees we sold and the customers sent us the pictures of them.
Jan 3, 2014 4:52 PM CST
Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey
It is now January, 2014 and we had a measurable snow which is not the problem. The temperature dropping to be 0 deg. is troublesome. The greenhouse is so far holding up o.k. but the two heaters are working really hard to keep up with the sudden drop. The last time I looked it was 15 deg. and the GH was down to 55 deg. That is not good since it was early evening and there is a long night ahead of us.

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Jan 7, 2014 11:21 AM CST
Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey
It is January 7, 2014 and very cold and windy here on the farm. The greenhouse temperature dropped to 37 deg. during the night and the outside temperature was 1 deg. That is too cold for this old lady. i do not remember my greenhouse ever going that low, even during the blizzard. I am not going to open the doors today. I watered yesterday and until the sun gets the temperature up and those babies get several hours to warm up, they can do without water, but they do need more heat. Yesterday the sun did not shine and therefore the night temperature made that severe drop so I am praying the sun stays out today.
The Camelia April Blush is still blooming. The star Jasmine has more buds. Some of the Holiday Cactus are pushing more buds. The African Violets are blooming and need to be transplanted but not now. Too cold to take them to the Greenhouse.
Petra came to day and groomed all the inside birds and scrubbed all their cages. Love that Lady. She also brought me several new African Violets.
Hoping for warmer weather so the barn cats stay healthy. They are strong and fat and they get fed in the barn so we are good here. I pray for all those horses and other animals who are left out in the pastures with no run in sheds or blankets. My heart breaks when I think of them in pain from the cold. I guess I should not stress over something I can not change.
Feb 9, 2014 9:42 AM CST
Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey
It is February 9, 2014. This is one of the worst winters I can remember. I am completely frustrated with having to be inside much of the time due to the ground being covered with ice and frozen snow. Here are some shots of what the ice storm did to the farm this past week.
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It took three pickup loads to clean up this mess. Then there was more snow to deal with. Poor Rob just keeps on plowing and cleaning up. We are all fortunate we did not loose power and we are all safe and warm. I just wish winter would go away.

Barn yard after plowing was completed.
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Baby trees after the storm
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The good news is, the black pussy willow are turning a brilliant burgundy and pushing catkins. The bad news is, they are predicting snow for this afternoon and evening as well as another potential nor'easter for Wednesday and Thursday of this week. Shrug! Not much you can do about it so we will wait and see what happens. Adios for nowl

Apr 16, 2014 4:23 PM CST
Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey
Grumbling Crying This was a horrible day. The daffodil field that I usually sell bunches for a few weeks, was in full bloom at Palm Sunday and we left the kids hunt eggs and cut daffys for their Moms, Aunts, Grandmas.
Anyhow, that was Sunday. April 13, 2014.

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Today, this is what it looked like. April 16, 2014...........There was not much hope for recovery here at this time. Tonight there will be a deep freeze again.
Poor babies, I actually cried. This is my field of dreams and I have been waiting all Winter for them to bloom. They are all Brecks bulbs from Holland and there are hundreds of them in fact close to a thousand for sure that we have planted over the past 10 years.
Need I say more. Just look at the little darlings.

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