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to prune or not to prune

We get a lot of questions at the Garden Center’s Plant Information Desk about when to trim what. So let’s help you take some of the mystery out of pruning. First things first. Make sure that you have the proper tools for specific jobs and that they’re sharp and in...

the ins-and-outs of starting seeds

There are good reasons to grow vegetables from seed. There are so many more choices when you’re buying seeds. Ordinarily, the Garden Center has 50 varieties of tomato seedlings on order. If you look at seeds though, you can chose from 100-plus cherries, currants,...

outdoor furniture care 101

After a few seasons on you 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...

mid-spring gardening

Remember March 1st? Blustery. Damp. High of 29 and low of 14. Definitely lion weather! And the forecast for the 31st looks particularly lion-ish. So the old adage is holding true this year! Early spring weather is fickle, but we count on April to be a more golden...

Form Follows Function

A beautiful vase of flowers is a perfect remedy for chasing away the late winter blues. All we really want is to see is the light of spring at the end of winter’s tunnel. So how can you add the color and fragrance of flowers to your home without breaking the bank?...

Ready, Set, Spring!

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...

Winter House Plant Care

February 25th, 2021 | written by Lisa Briggs Thank goodness for this last week 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’re taking one step...

Late Winter Anticipation

February 25th, 2021 | written by Lisa Briggs We’ve checked all of our favorite weather websites and forecasters 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 subjective. We had a...

A Mid-Winter Gardening Calendar

By: Lisa Briggs | 2/11/2021 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 feed them...

The Language of Flowers

By: Lisa Briggs | 2/11/2021 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 questions...
to prune or not to prune

to prune or not to prune

We get a lot of questions at the Garden Center’s Plant Information Desk about when to trim what. So let’s help you take some of the mystery out of pruning.

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outdoor furniture care 101

outdoor furniture care 101

No matter the material, good quality outdoor furniture is manufactured with outdoor living in mind. But remember that stain-resistant does not translate to stain-proof. Invest a little time in spring to ensure that your pieces will look great all summer.

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mid-spring gardening

mid-spring gardening

Do you find yourself looking for any excuse to be in your garden enjoying 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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Form Follows Function

Form Follows Function

How can you add the color and fragrance of flowers to your home without breaking the bank? Bring a bit of spring indoors by gathering branches of flowering trees and shrubs, and then forcing them to bloom inside the house.

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Ready, Set, Spring!

Ready, Set, Spring!

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.

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Late Winter Anticipation

Late Winter Anticipation

The coming mild weekend weather has us itching to get into the garden, but the long range forecasts are signaling that it may be a while before you begin planting anything outside. Never fear though. Spring always arrives. Eventually.

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A Mid-Winter Gardening Calendar

A Mid-Winter Gardening Calendar

If you stored any geraniums or any other annual cuttings for the winter, it’s time to pot them. Use lightweight potting mix and a clean container. Cut the plants back to about 6 inches above the soil line and water thoroughly. Once the new buds pop, move them to a sunny window until it is warm enough to place them outside.

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The Language of Flowers

The Language of Flowers

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 questions lie in the language of flowers, subtle meanings given to flowers in order to evoke an emotional response.

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