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Weekend Gardening Tasks To Do Outside!

By: Lisa Briggs | March 26th, 2020 Remember March 1st? Calm winds. 52 degrees. Definitely lamb weather! And the forecast for the 31st doesn’t look particularly lion-like. Though early spring weather is fickle, we count on April to be a more golden month. Don’t you...

Care Tips For Your Outdoor Furniture

By: Lisa Briggs | March 26th, 2020 After a few seasons on your deck or patio, your outdoor furniture may begin to show some wear and tear. Especially if you aren’t doing regular maintenance. No matter the material, good quality pieces are manufactured with outdoor use...

Forcing Shrubs & Tree Branches for Indoor Blooms

By: Lisa Briggs | March 12th, 2020 A beautiful vase of flowers is a perfect remedy for chasing away the late winter blues. Traditional forcing bulbs, like amaryllis, paperwhites, and hyacinth may still be going strong, but they won’t last much longer. And all we...

Ask The Experts: Spring Gardening Tips

By: Lisa Briggs | March 12th, 2020 As winter recedes, each sign of spring seems more symbolic than the last. And the season’s teasing tone always makes us a little crazy. We’re longing for thunderstorms instead of snow showers. The sandhill crane’s raspy call or the...

Early Spring Houseplant Care Tips

By: Lisa Briggs | February 26th, 2020 Thank goodness for last weekend as it seems so long since we’d felt the sun’s warmth. We hope that you had a chance to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather. And even though, it seems that we are back into a gloomy stretch,...

From Wintry Chill to Spring Fever!

By: Lisa Briggs | February 25th, 2020 Unlike the incredible disappearing snowstorm of earlier this week, the forecasters do seem to agree that March is coming in like a lamb. Finding consensus about past weather events is tricky because our memories can be so...

The Language of Flowers

By: Lisa Briggs | February 12th, 2020 Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at the Bruce Company! Have you wondered why red roses are the go-to flower for Valentine’s Day giving? Or why white calla lilies are in so many traditional bridal bouquets? The answers to these...

Our February Gardening Checklist!

By: Lisa Briggs | February 12th, 2020 If you’ve already started some plants from seed, those baby seedlings may be growing like Jack’s beanstalks. Be sure that you check them every day and observe their progress. Water whenever the soil surface is dry to the touch and...

The Gardener’s Guide to Pruning Like a Pro!

By: Lisa Briggs | January 30th, 2020 The frantic pace of the holidays has a way of giving in to the quiet contemplation of mid-winter, making it a great time to settle in and nurture some spring projects. And the recent snowy weather certainly lends itself to...

How To Properly Grow Seedlings During Mid-Winter

By: Lisa Briggs | January 30th, 2020 The forecast for the next couple of weekends is pretty mild, making them perfect for crossing a few mid-winter gardening chores off our lists. We hope that you’ll have a chance to get out and do a little pruning and clean-up. And...
Weekend Gardening Tasks To Do Outside!

Weekend Gardening Tasks To Do Outside!

Remember March 1st? Calm winds. 52 degrees. Definitely lamb weather! And the forecast for the 31st doesn’t look particularly lion-like. Though early spring weather is fickle, we count on April to be a more golden month. Don’t you find yourselves looking for any excuse to be outdoors in the early spring sunshine? It feels as though everything alive is aching to stretch- length of the days, leaves on the trees, germinating seeds.

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Care Tips For Your Outdoor Furniture

Care Tips For Your Outdoor Furniture

After a few seasons on your deck or patio, your outdoor furniture may begin to show some wear and tear. Especially if you aren’t doing regular maintenance. No matter the material, good quality pieces are manufactured with outdoor use in mind but remember that stain-resistant does not translate to stain-proof.

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Ask The Experts: Spring Gardening Tips

Ask The Experts: Spring Gardening Tips

As winter recedes, each sign of spring seems more symbolic than the last. And the season’s teasing tone always makes us a little crazy. We’re longing for thunderstorms instead of snow showers. The sandhill crane’s raspy call or the melodious song of a redwing blackbird makes us grin. Even the bright yellow bloom of the first dandelion can be a cause for celebration.

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Early Spring Houseplant Care Tips

Early Spring Houseplant Care Tips

Your houseplants are certainly happier with the sunshine and longer days. You can start fertilizing moderately to encourage new growth. Prune any straggly stems to stimulate branching. You’ll end up with much nicer plants if you give them periodic haircuts. It’s about a month too early though to do any re-potting.

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From Wintry Chill to Spring Fever!

From Wintry Chill to Spring Fever!

Last weekend’s lovely weather has us itching to get into the garden, but the incoming cooler temperatures are signaling that it may be a while before you begin planting anything. Never fear though. Spring always arrives. Eventually.

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The Language of Flowers

The Language of Flowers

Have you wondered why red roses are the go-to flower for Valentine’s Day giving? Or why white calla lilies are in so many traditional bridal bouquets? The answers to these questions lie in the language of flowers, subtle meanings given to flowers in order to evoke an emotional response.

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Our February Gardening Checklist!

Our February Gardening Checklist!

There is a whole list of flowering annuals that you can start now from seed in anticipation of summer’s warmer days.  A mix of zinnias, sweet peas and snapdragons would make a splendid cutting garden.

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The Gardener’s Guide to Pruning Like a Pro!

The Gardener’s Guide to Pruning Like a Pro!

But if you’re itching to do some more active gardening this time of year, early February is an excellent time to do a bit of pruning. Let’s consider fruit trees. Specimens that are old enough to bear fruit require several things for good production.

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