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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...

A Few Winter Gardening Tips to Keep You Warm

By: Lisa Briggs | January 16th, 2020 What a wacky couple of weeks it’s been weather-wise! A week ago today, the high temperature was 49 degrees. Today, many of us didn’t see anything above 20 degrees. And let’s think about snow totals for a minute. Despite the...

Early Early Early Seed Starting Tips!

By: Lisa Briggs | January 16th, 2020 Did you know that the average grocery store’s produce travels nearly 1,500 miles between the farm where it was grown and your refrigerator? That nearly 40% of our fruit is grown or produced in other countries? And that, even though...

Composting At Home | Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

By: Lisa Briggs | December 30th, 2019 Did you know that over eighty percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions? I make a few gardening resolutions every year and don’t manage to keep any of them. Life and weeds get in the way of our best intentions every time....

Gardening Tips For After The Holidays

By: Lisa Briggs | December 30th, 2019 Now that the holidays are behind us, it’s a relief to direct our energy inward for a little while and focus on some new projects. Winter is such a great time to make plans for the future. You can gather the courage to put those...

The Origins of Family Christmas Traditions

By: Lisa Briggs | December 5th, 2019 Every family has its own holiday traditions that are practiced, and enjoyed, year after year. We bundle up and head get to the same place to get the tree. We bake cookies from the same family recipes. We watch the same holiday...

Seeds & Buds Are Slumbering Outside… Your Indoor Gardening Chores!

By: Lisa Briggs | December 5th, 2019 There isn’t much now, but we’ve had a little snow. And it’s cold, so winter is definitely here. Some of us are missing the accumulation, but we’re probably in the minority. Outside, seeds and buds are slumbering. The earth is...
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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Composting At Home | Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Composting At Home | Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Given the interest in growing our own food, one resolution that many gardeners are considering is to start a compost pile. Not only will composting reduce your carbon footprint, but using the homegrown stuff will save you money.

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Gardening Tips For After The Holidays

Gardening Tips For After The Holidays

Now that the holidays are behind us, it’s a relief to direct our energy inward for a little while and focus on some new projects. Winter is such a great time to make plans for the future. You can gather the courage to put those gardening lessons learned last summer into practice.

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The Origins of Family Christmas Traditions

The Origins of Family Christmas Traditions

Have you ever wondered how some of them got started? The origin of the Christmas tree is well documented. The modern version originated in Germany and spread to the United States in the 1820s with the influx of European immigrants.

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Seeds & Buds Are Slumbering Outside… Your Indoor Gardening Chores!

Seeds & Buds Are Slumbering Outside… Your Indoor Gardening Chores!

Outside, seeds and buds are slumbering. The earth is still. Inside our homes, we’re warm and happy in rooms sparkling with bright lights, views of any impending storms softened by steamy windows. This time of year we gather together to celebrate family and friends. But don’t forget your indoor gardening chores.

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