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The Magic of Flocked Trees

Kim EllsonNov 24, '20

Flocked Christmas trees, a vague reminder of the past or a current day trend?  Numbers seem to reflect an increase in popularity as more and more people seek out these once popular trees.  For many of us flocked trees bring back memories of our childhood, warm and fuzzy memories, happy...

Autumn Garden Chores

Kim EllsonOct 27, '20

Autumn is the ideal time for carrying out an array of tasks.  Lower temperatures and increased rainfall both provide ideal conditions for planting trees and shrubs, as reduced heat and drought stress will ensure new plantings can get established.  The sooner you plant, the longer your plants will have to...

Fall Color with Natives

Kim EllsonSep 19, '20

We gardeners all long for one last burst of color to enjoy before winter arrives. Why not try looking to native plants for both color and vital wildlife services this autumn. For autumn we tend to reach for those cultivated favorites we have come to know and love: mums, pansies, asters, ornamental kales, cabbages,...

Mum's the Word

Kim EllsonAug 26, '20

Whether they are grown as cut flowers, potted houseplants or as an outdoor fall crop, it would be hard to imagine the horticultural and floral industry without them.  Chrysanthemums are in fact a grower’s delight, both private and commercial, due to their vast advantageous characteristics; versatility, diversity, multitude and longevity...

Hummingbird Favorites

Kim EllsonJul 18, '20

Hummingbirds are so entirely unique and captivating, that it seems like a treat anytime we are graced by their presence with a visit to our plants.  Even more so when we planted those plants specifically with this in mind!  Undoubtedly hummingbird feeders have their value, and yet somehow there is...