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Catching Up In The New YearIt’s been a while since the last blog post, so this will be a catch up entry to give you an idea of what’s been going on the last couple of months. January and February are usually pretty quiet, and, to be honest, we’re glad of it. Aside from a big shipment of garden planters […]
Decorated PumpkinsIt all began with my Mother’s 85th birthday in early October. She has macular degeneration and would rather stay close to home now. Since I am in Birmingham and she is in Wisconsin, unfortunately, with this a busy time in the garden shop business, getting together on her birthday doesn’t happen anymore. But she is […]
New Year’s Day…A Look Back And Wishes For The New Year                It’s a quiet, rainy morning as I write this,  too chilly to make my usual morning walk around the garden. The time the shop is closed between Christmas and New Year’s Day is a welcome respite from the previous month’s hectic pace. It’s such a relief to […]
Southern Living’s ‘Grumpy Gardener’ Noticed This Orchid ArrangementWe try to have as many orchids and other plants as possible to fill customer’s containers for parties and special events. The amount of design work we do is certainly a far cry from our start 25 years ago when we didn’t even offer orchids for sale! This orchid arrangement, in a customer’s beautiful footed […]
These Miniature Gardens are Centerpieces…  I recently received an email letting me know of a much anticipated  visit to Birmingham of a certain Connecticut gardener, Douglas Thomas. She was coming on the invitation of a friend and member of one of the oldest garden clubs in the city, and, to celebrate her visit, a joint meeting of  two Garden […]
Haven’t Been In Lately? Here’s What We’ve Been Up To…Outside the greenhouse can look a little drab this time of year, but, if  you’ve just passed us by, have you ever missed out!     The greenhouse has been packed full with blooming beauties and with Valentine’s Day just past, we’ve been putting together the prettiest arrangements for gifts and filling containers with all […]
Need a Valentine? We Can Help!Just a quick post to point out the many beautiful flowers in the greenhouse. Our baskets and containers  are one of a kind…special creations custom made for each order.         If you have a basket, bowl, or other container you’d like us to fill with beautiful plants, just bring it in and […]
More Holiday Inspiration – Arrangements, Flowers and Greens – Part 2      The greenhouse is literally overflowing with so many flowers we’ve had to move most of them onto the tables outside.                       Many of these holiday flowers – hydrangeas, amaryllis, paperwhites, azaleas, stephanotis, flowering jasmine, and cyclamen – prefer the cool temperatures.  It […]
Holiday Inspiration – Arrangements, Flowers and Greens – Part 1        The last few weeks have flown by in a colorful blur of customers, Christmas trees, and deliveries of beautiful plants and flowers.      Now Christmas is almost here, though soon enough a new year will be upon us, filled with possibility and fresh beginnings.             […]
The End Of The Season…Fall ArrangementsAutumn  passes far too quickly. As usual, when a season is nearing the end, I find myself wishing I’d made the time to take more pictures of the many arrangements that we’ve created the past few weeks. Jamie, Molly, and I looked through those we had and here are a few of them – a […]
Succulent Wreaths For The HolidaysSucculent wreaths might not be what one thinks of first as a component of holiday decorating, but these pretty echeveria wreaths just might change your mind. The best thing about these wreaths is that there is room for the little echeverias to grow, and this also makes them easier to take care of through the […]
Decorate Your Mailbox & Door For Christmas – Here Are A Few Tips!I have to confess, where I grew up, mailboxes were at the houses, either as a mail slot in the door or physically attached to the outside of the home, and only folks in the country had mailboxes on a post at the street. Now this was actually a very good thing since it saved having to […]
Amaryllis – Beauty In A BulbAmaryllis, unquestionably, are one of the most dramatic and elegant of flowers. That bold, beautiful blooms of all colors and sizes can emerge from such a drab, unassuming brown bulb is amazing. They are truly a wonder of nature! Our final shipment of amaryllis bulbs arrived the other day and now is the perfect time […]
Orchids…Early Fall ArrangementsOrchids, succulents, dried pods and foliage are the common theme in these four arrangements. With the heat of summer receding (Thankfully!) and fresh material arriving to work with, it’s a happy time in the greenhouse. So, between new shipments of pots, plants, ribbon and more, these were a few of the pieces we created. Let’s […]
Bittersweet…For Fall!Our shipments of bittersweet have begun to arrive, and on its own or combined with pumpkins, gourds, and dried pods of all sorts,  fall decorating can begin! Each year we’re fortunate to have friends in North Carolina supply us with long stems of beautiful, freshly cut bittersweet that we enjoy using in many of our […]