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Start Your Own Seeds!

Kim EllsonFeb 24, '21

March can be one of those months that is neither here nor there, not quite winter and not yet spring either.  Although the promise of spring is on the horizon and we are at times even treated to one of those beautiful sunny days, don’t be fooled, winter most certainly...

Force Winter Branches to Enjoy a Burst of Spring

Kim EllsonJan 15, '21

Forcing branches allows us to enjoy a burst of color and brighten up our homes in the middle of winter with materials from our own garden. We all keenly await the arrival of spring in those cold and dark winter months, and although we cannot change the seasons, we can...

How to Care for Your Poinsettia

Kim EllsonDec 16, '20

I recently gave a friend a beautiful Poinsettia plant and her first response was ‘Well, I will probably have this for all of 3 days!’.  When I asked her what she meant she replied that she always managed to kill Poinsettia plants in record time.  Now granted, 3 days might...

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...