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Gearing Up for Spring Gardening!

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...

Some Spring Flavor with Blooming Indoor Branches

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 really want is to see the light of...

Plant a Garden and Feed the Soul

Talk to any gardener about growing fruits and vegetables and you just might trigger a discussion on the merits of heirlooms versus hybrids. Many of us agree that heirloom varieties have been around for a while. Just how long is open to interpretation. One common...

We’re Starting to Get Spring Gardening Fever…

The forecasters can’t seem to agree on whether March is coming in like a lion or a lamb. Finding consensus about the weather is tricky because our memories can be so subjective. But you wouldn’t be quite correct if you believe that it has been a very snowy winter....

Late Winter Pruning Your Deciduous Trees & Shrubs

Late winter is the best time of year to prune your deciduous trees and shrubs. We hope that one of these upcoming weekends will bring weather that is better for some outdoor gardening activities. There are a couple of important reasons to prune now. First, it’s much...

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow…

I’ve been in the garden center biz for a long time and have always said that I’ve never met a group of people more obsessed with the weather than gardeners. I don’t like to generalize but we are constantly fretting over the weather. It’s way too cold. Or way too hot....

The Universal Language of Flowers

It’s Valentine’s Day! 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...

Gardening Tips for Mid-to-Late February

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 feeds them every other week with a...

Great Time For Pruning Fruit Trees!

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 extremely cold weather certainly lends itself to incubation. Preferably indoors,...

Mid-Winter Gardening Tips

What a crazy couple of weeks it’s been weather-wise! Let’s begin with snow totals. Did you realize that the last couple of storms more than doubled the accumulated amount through the end of 2018? And don’t even get us started about the Polar Vortex. We sincerely hope...
Gearing Up for Spring Gardening!

Gearing Up for Spring Gardening!

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.

read more
Plant a Garden and Feed the Soul

Plant a Garden and Feed the Soul

Talk to any gardener about growing fruits and vegetables and you just might trigger a discussion on the merits of heirlooms versus hybrids. Many of us agree that heirloom varieties have been around for a while.

read more
We’re Starting to Get Spring Gardening Fever…

We’re Starting to Get Spring Gardening Fever…

We know that you’re itching to get into the garden, but the incoming sub-zero temperatures are signaling that it may be a while before you begin planting anything in the garden. Never fear though. Spring always arrives. Eventually.

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Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow…

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow…

We seem to be caught in a snow cycle. As I write this, I remember driving home from the airport during Sunday morning’s Austrian snowglobe snowfall. The snow fell gently and steadily, slowly obliterating the lines between hard and soft surfaces.

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The Universal Language of Flowers

The Universal Language of Flowers

It’s Valentine’s Day! 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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Great Time For Pruning Fruit Trees!

Great Time For Pruning Fruit Trees!

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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Mid-Winter Gardening Tips

Mid-Winter Gardening Tips

The Garden Center is fully stocked with garden seeds for 2019. It’s time to start seeds for annuals and vegetables that require a long germination period. This group includes leeks, petunias, and lisianthus.

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