Greenhouse owners ready to help Mainers forget winter, embrace spring

Posted March 26, 2014, at 5:37 a.m.
A geranium blossoms at Ledgewood Gardens and Greenhouses in Orrington on Tuesday.
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A geranium blossoms at Ledgewood Gardens and Greenhouses in Orrington on Tuesday. Buy Photo
Kathy Cressy transplants plugs at Ledgewood Gardens and Greenhouses in Orrington on Tuesday. Owner Karen Ramsey says people stop by to see the plants to ward off the winter blues.
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Kathy Cressy transplants plugs at Ledgewood Gardens and Greenhouses in Orrington on Tuesday. Owner Karen Ramsey says people stop by to see the plants to ward off the winter blues. Buy Photo
Taking advantage of the warmth and sunlight, Copper, the family pet, lounges among the growing plants at Ledgewood Gardens and Greenhouses in Orrington on Tuesday.
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Taking advantage of the warmth and sunlight, Copper, the family pet, lounges among the growing plants at Ledgewood Gardens and Greenhouses in Orrington on Tuesday. Buy Photo
Owner Karen Ramsey pinches bacopa to encourage fuller growth at Ledgewood Gardens and Greenhouses in Orrington on Tuesday. Owner Karen Ramsey says, &quotI love digging in the soil."
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Owner Karen Ramsey pinches bacopa to encourage fuller growth at Ledgewood Gardens and Greenhouses in Orrington on Tuesday. Owner Karen Ramsey says, "I love digging in the soil." Buy Photo
Larry Carr, co-owner of Hummingbird Hollow greenhouses, transplants begonias at his Holden greenhouses on Tuesday. &quotThis is a relaxing job. Once they are in the soil they really take off," he said.
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Larry Carr, co-owner of Hummingbird Hollow greenhouses, transplants begonias at his Holden greenhouses on Tuesday. "This is a relaxing job. Once they are in the soil they really take off," he said. Buy Photo
Becky Carr says she feels like she is saving lives every day when she waters all the plants she is nurturing at Hummingbird Hollow greenhouses in Holden on Tuesday.
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Becky Carr says she feels like she is saving lives every day when she waters all the plants she is nurturing at Hummingbird Hollow greenhouses in Holden on Tuesday. Buy Photo
Mike Rimm plucks marigolds to be transplanted into 6-pack containers for resale at Rideout Gardens in Eddington on Tuesday.
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Mike Rimm plucks marigolds to be transplanted into 6-pack containers for resale at Rideout Gardens in Eddington on Tuesday. Buy Photo
Temperatures hover in the 20s outside while warm moist air fills Rideout Gardens greenhouses on Tuesday in Eddington.
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Temperatures hover in the 20s outside while warm moist air fills Rideout Gardens greenhouses on Tuesday in Eddington. Buy Photo
Calibrachoa's bright colors assure visitors on Tuesday to Ledgewood Gardens and Greenhouse in Orrington that spring will arrive.
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Calibrachoa's bright colors assure visitors on Tuesday to Ledgewood Gardens and Greenhouse in Orrington that spring will arrive. Buy Photo

Pull off that winter jacket, throw the snow shovel in the back of the garage and dig your fingers deep into a pot of fresh, earthy soil.

Let it get under your nails and fill your nostrils with the scent of spring.

Inhale deeply. Smell it? That’s the scent that’s been locked up since November winds blew the dried leaves from the lawn.

Karen Ramsey of Ledgewood Gardens and Greenhouses has been doing just that since January, where she’s in her 25th year as a tender of all things green at her family’s greenhouses in Orrington.

Her task isn’t as simple as it sounds. After all, as a famous frog once told us, it’s not easy being green.

Ramsey makes midnight trips to the greenhouse to tend wood stoves, and she tries to find the spots in each greenhouse that certain plants thrive.

She draws a parallel between raising plants and raising children. “I tell the customers they need to take them when they start becoming unruly teenagers and grow together. I sell them and they head off into the big scary world!”

Thanks to people like Ramsey and all the other greenhouse owners in the area who have been burning extra fuel and clearing snow off their greenhouses, we’re all able to give some of those unruly plants and flowers a decent home.

Winter has gone on long enough. We can all agree on that, can’t we?

It seems this big, scary, ice-encrusted state of Maine is ready for some unruly greenery to be unleashed on it.

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