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are my plants dead or just sleeping late?

Gardeners are not the kind of folks who enjoy being cooped up in the house all winter. When the weather finally breaks, and plants begin to emerge from dormancy, it’s understandable that we are eager to greet every new shoot and admire every swelling bud. But, we can...

spring gardening tips

“Don’t knock the weather. Nine-tenths of the people couldn’t start a conversation if it didn’t change.” These words are can certainly be applied to the weather this spring. The roller coaster temperatures have had gardeners vacillating between the urge to get tomatoes...

drumroll please for 2021 shrub intros!

Are you thinking that your yard doesn’t have a space for another plant? Something about the promise of Spring makes us think that we can, and will, find room to plant absolutely everything. After all, there are worse things to collect than new plants. And gardens have...

the roller coaster that we call spring

Those days in the 70s gave us hope that spring would be early this year, but this week’s temperature nosedive has felt like Old Man Winter is delivering a last one-two punch. I’ve always maintained that gardeners are the most optimistic folks on earth and, no matter...

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...
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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The Pruning Basics

The Pruning Basics

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 incubation. Preferably indoors, under a pile of blankets, gardening magazines and seed catalogs.

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Mid-Winter Gardening Tips!

Mid-Winter Gardening Tips!

The seed racks at the Garden Center are full of choices with so many distinct varieties of vegetables, herbs, flowering annuals and perennials that it makes us a little dizzy. This year looks a bit dicey for supply though, so get in to see us soon, as we are expecting limited supply and delayed delivery from several of our seed companies.

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A Few Things to Know for Mid-Winter Gardening!

A Few Things to Know for Mid-Winter Gardening!

It’s been a quiet winter season here in Lake Wobegon. Oh wait! We’re in Dane county, but the sentiment applies. We’ve had snow. Which we love, by the way. There hasn’t been anything that can remotely be called a Polar Vortex. Other than the Great Ice Fog, we’ve been lucky.

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Early Seed Starting Tips for Any Gardener!

Early Seed Starting Tips for Any Gardener!

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 a simple thing like broccoli is likely grown within 20 miles of your home, the veggies you buy at the supermarket probably traveled over 1000 miles?

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Fun Ideas for A Little Holiday Gardening!

Fun Ideas for A Little Holiday Gardening!

Lose yourself in the beauty of an orchid flower for just an instant and feel your blood pressure drop. Delight in the way the sunlight plays on the surface of a spiny cactus stem and sense your smile. Be amazed as an amaryllis reaches upward and stretch yourself inwardly as well. These are the moments that help us get through one of the most hectic and stressful times of the year.

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