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2019 Season- Happy New Year

We hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday. That everyone was able to enjoy and appreciate time spent with friends and  family.
For us, (except during a cough cough snowstorm) the week after Christmas is quiet. The store is closed and we’re able to take some time to reflect on the past season, and improvements we can work on for the coming season. It is a resting period…but there is also excitement and anticipation that starts to bubble as we comb over orders of nursery stock coming in, vegetable seeds to start, annuals and perennials to plant, hundreds of mums to choose from and yes, poinsettias to pick out for the coming year!

The foundation of this company has come from a love to produce wonderful plants and make them available to our local customers. The business has evolved exponentially since our humble beginnings in 1998, and we’ve grown based on the needs and services we’re able to provide to our customers.

Please take a few moments to reflect this winter on how you’d like your 2019 season to go. If there is anything you’re interested in or need help with in order to fulfill you’re landscaping needs, plant addictions, and local food sustainability, please let us know!

Otherwise, we wish you a great 2019 year!

Poinsettia Update

Our poinsettias are coloring up, and looking fabulous. Since we grow our own, now is the time to come and get them! First come, first serve! It’s been a fun and interesting crop, and we learn new things every growing season.

 If you’re out front picking out the perfect tree, jump in the car and take a ride to our greenhouse outback. We’ll have elves working in the first one (with Christmas Lights) and that’s where you’ll find gifts, plants and poinsettias. We have ribbons for making custom bows, so you can mix and match!

 

We looking forward to seeing you this holiday season! The countdown is on!

A Different Fall Clean-up

As we’ve all come to realize, (no surprise as New Englanders) Mother Nature has decided we get snow early this year. We had many calls about fall clean-ups and getting them done before the snow flies. This isn’t always easy or possible to accomplish. We have a limited crew at times, and are responsible for snow removal and safety as well. Having said that, here is a great article on a different take on Fall Clean-ups. A lot of the time our instincts are to “Keep up with the Joneses” and have everything nice and tidy. Which is great if that’s what you like. But think about the wildlife around as well. This is a fast-growing area, and we all need to keep in mind the repercussions of that.

Take a minute to read the article here or visit

http://www.loe.org/shows/segments.html?programID=18-P13-00047&segmentID=5

Holiday Decorating Orders

The time has come!

We’re just about half way through November (can you believe it!?) and we are all starting to feel the holidays coming. We offer customized decorating services. Do you have a door entrance you’re not sure what to do with this year? Send us a picture!

Wreaths, handmade bows, greens (in many sizes and shapes) log baskets, Boxwood Trees, kissing balls, and window boxes are right up our alley.

We are expecting our greens to come in the week of
November 12th. But it’s not too early to make arrangements. There are a lot of  things we can prep right now to save time
(like making bows!)

Nursery Stock Sale 30% Off

For the end of the season we are having a 30% Off nursery stock sale. This includes deciduous and evergreen trees and shrubs. We still have some great items in stock, and YES, you can still install plants in the ground as long as you can work it ( it’s not frozen!).

We have some great looking birch clumps and japanese maples available. Along with other plants such as groundcover junipers, hollies and dwarf alberta spruces!

Houseplant Sale 30% Off

We are currently running a houseplant sale to make some room for the next season! We have some beautiful houseplants to brighten up your home! From air purifiers to succulents, bright light to shade, there’s definitely something here for any part of the house! Our pottery is 35% off as well, we’ll pot up your new plant while you’re browsing!

We have plenty of air purifying plants in stock.
Some of the top air purifying plants are:
Dracena
Spider Plant
Peace Lily
Boston Fern
Weeping Fig
Snake Plant

We have a great assortment of succulents right now too!

Poinsettias

Starting to think about the holidays? With the nature of this business, we are always thinking at least one season ahead. We don’t believe in pushing seasons or holidays on our customers, but we’d like to share this special crop with you!

This is our 3rd year growing our own poinsettias. We bring our poinsettias in during the last week of September, and grow them on into the holiday season. This is a very demanding crop, originating from South America, the poinsettia crop is more acclimated to warmer climates and brighter days. When we receive our poinsettias, they are green. But as the daylight diminishes and the temperatures drop, the colors that we all expect around the holidays start to enhance.

One of our deciding factors to grow poinsettias is that we are able to order more colors and sizes that are otherwise unavailable. We have some favorites that you cannot find anywhere else in this area! Two that come to mind are Ice Punch, a vibrant reddish-pink with white down the middle, and Burning Embers which takes on an glowing orange hue.

Check out our gallery to see the progress of our poinsettias!

Seeds Are In!

Alcea Seedling
Alcea Seedlings

It’s that exciting time of year! Start planning and brainstorming your new gardening endeavors! We carry Seed Savers Exchange, Hart’s Seeds, and
select Renee’s Seeds. One of my
favorite things to do this time of year is to read a good farming book to get me brainstorming, sit down with a nice cup of coffee and draw up what I’d like to grow and accomplish during the coming season. If you’re not sure where to begin,  here are some ideas to get in the spirit…
Using your browser: Search websites like ours as well as Pintrest, Google,
Instagram and Facebook to get tips, look at pictures and find out what other people are sharing.
Turn the pages: Find farming books, floral magazines, and catalogs to draw inspiration.
Look out your window: Are you happy with your layout? Need more, or less? What grew well and what didn’t and why?
The season is coming fast! The more you plan, the more prepared you are when the time comes!

Salt Tolerant Plants

While this topic is still “fresh” in our minds, let’s talk about salt tolerant plants and some ways to cope with salt that always comes during the winter months.
It’s important to keep this topic in mind during the start of the season while your planning new additions or changes to your landscape. Will you be planting close to the road? How about along the driveway? Or even your walkway? Below is a list of salt tolerant perennials, annuals, trees and shrubs…but wait…what if you don’t have plants along these ways, but grass? Here’s a tip that may help you: Gypsum.
Spreading gypsum on these problem areas will help rejuvenate your lawn from the winter salt. Gypsum dislodges salt and restores soil structure. So during the season, or in the fall, use a spreader and cover these areas. Lightly water after you’ve spread.

Salt Tolerant Perennials:
Astilbe, Brunnera, Balloon Flower, Barrenwort, Basket of Gold, Bleeding Heart, Bugbane, Bugleweed, Candytuft, Lobelia, Astilbe_ShadeColumbine, Coral Bells, Cushion Spurge, Daylily, Baptisia, Tiarella, Foxglove, Gas Plant, Globe Thistle, Goldenrod, Hosta, Iris, Jacob’s Ladder, Lamb’s Ear, Helleborus, Lily of the Valley, Meadow Rue, Aster, Mantauk Daisy, Catmint, Peony, Vinca, Pinks, Poppy, Salvia, Snow in Summer, Veronica, Pachysandra, Sedum, Armeria, Thyme, Coreopsis, Viola, Anemone, Artemesia, and Yarrow.

Salt Tolerant Annuals:
Mums, Dianthus, Gazania, Gladiolus, Petunia, Portulaca, and Zinnia.

Salt Tolerant Trees & Shrubs:
Arrowwood ViburIMG_0018 (300x400)num, Colorado Spruce, Inkberry, Juniper, Northern Bayberry, Rosa Rugosa, Virginia Creeper, Paper Birch, and Willow.

Don’t see a plant on here that you’re curious about? Send us a line and we’ll help you out!