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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...
Gardening After The Winter Holidays

Gardening After The Winter 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.

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Christmas Traditions

Christmas Traditions

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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Choosing A Tree

Choosing A Tree

Close on the heels of the Thanksgiving celebration, comes one of the most harrowing of all the winter holiday experiences-the Selection of the Christmas Tree. Luckily, we live smack in the middle of tree central.

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Everything Holiday Houseplants

Everything Holiday Houseplants

Gardening in late November? Are we crazy? Most everyone we know is consumed with holiday decorating, shopping and entertaining, but you can still squeeze in a little winter gardening to satisfy your green thumb.

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Prep Your Garden For Winter!

Prep Your Garden For Winter!

Wow. We had amazing fall weather, but the forecasted chilly temperatures make it look as though winter is ready to settle in. But there is still time to plant bulbs this weekend, so stop into the Garden Center to stock up on a bit of color for next spring and take advantage of the 50% savings.

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Preparing Our Containers and Garden Ornaments for Storage

Preparing Our Containers and Garden Ornaments for Storage

November can be such a melancholy month. The days are shortening and we know that the icy grip of winter is imminent. Our landscapes are losing the bright autumn leaves and before long snowflakes will begin to gather on the grass and in the garden. The season for outdoor gardening is drawing to a close, and there is not much to do, save raking up the last of those leaves and preparing our containers and garden ornaments for storage.

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Late Fall Gardening Tips

Late Fall Gardening Tips

At long last. It’s time to take a deep breath, because the physical work, and often frenetic pace, of the growing season is over. Not having a million things to accomplish in the garden may make some folks bereft, but many others so happy.

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Forcing Spring Bulbs Now

Forcing Spring Bulbs Now

Forcing spring bulbs into winter bloom was the rage in the 1800’s. Hyacinths were especially popular. But there are others to try, too. We love vases of paperwhites and pots of amaryllis. And with a little prep time, you can have pots of tulips and daffodils blooming in your kitchen in late February.

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