Have you met Sally?
Walking through the greenhouse you might have seen a flash of grey fur dash by you and dart under one of the benches. Or you could be looking through our selection of annuals during the warmer months and see a pair of eyes looking back at you from the sea of plants. “What was that?”, you may ask. Well that would be our resident feline friend, Sally.

 

 

Some of you might already know her and even try to pet her when you see her. She has come a long way as far as warming up to people, but she is rather selective in who she approaches so don’t be offended if she does not come when you call. She used to run away even at the sight of her own shadow but now she has warmed up to us and hangs out in the office at times. She has a comfy warm bed to curl up in and sometimes even sits in during meetings and tries to take over the show. Sally has been here for several years and she has a special place in all our hearts. She gets ear and belly scratches from everyone that passes her by. When she looks at you with those wide beautiful bright eyes, that are saying  “please pet me” you just cant resist.

Did you call me Fern or Vern?
Over the past few years, you’ve probably seen a plant pop up around the holidays and wondered what that finely textured, fern-looking plant was with the creamy-silver tipped leaves. The plant you’ve likely seen is Frosty Fern. It has become increasingly popular as a holiday plant much like Norfolk Pine, Paperwhites or Amaryllis.

 

This poor plant has a bit of an identity-crisis as it’s not really a fern. It also known as Krauss’s Spike Moss and it’s not really a moss! However, what it is, is an easy to grow and care for plant that can be used as an accent with your holiday decorations, centerpieces or with your poinsettias and Christmas Cactus.

Frosty Fern makes a great houseplant, too, so when the holidays are over, it can be kept indoors with your other houseplants. In order to thrive, it requires bright indirect light, high humidity and moist soil. Never allow the soil to dry out or they will not be happy! Temperatures in the 70s are ideal for Frosty Fern and they will suffer if you have them in temperatures of 80 degrees or more.

 

They make a great terrarium plant, so if you are considering building a terrarium, it’s an excellent choice! We even have “minis” in 2 inch pots, the perfect size for your terrarium or fairy garden! Terrariums provide the optimum environment for Frosty Ferns because they stay warm and humid.

 

When spring rolls around, Frosty Fern can be planted outdoors or in containers in a shaded area. Their finely textured foliage create beautiful accents against the broader-leaved, bold-colored Non-Stop Begonia or New Guinea Impatiens.
If you are looking for a versatile plant, with beauty and elegance displayed simply in the fine texture of its foliage, Frosty Fern is the perfect choice. Use one as an accent with a poinsettia or Christmas Cactus and someone is sure to remark on how perfectly they complement one another!
What did the big fern say to the little fern?
Will you be my frond?
BULBS are 50% off
With the cooler weather now is the perfect time to plant bulbs!
Fern Baskets ONLY $10 each !!!!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Add touches of glitter and whimsy to your holiday decor! Come and see our selection of ornaments hanging on our decorated trees.

 

We are excited to bring your Thanksgiving table to life with these beautiful Teleflora bouquets. The Country Oven centerpiece is designed in a beautiful scalloped, finished two-tone stoneware serving dish that is FDA approved to safely serve and store food. As an added bonus, it is also both microwave and dishwasher safe! Oh, and did we mention it starts at just $54.99?
What do you call a country that only drives pink cars?
A pink CARnation

 
Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal with Apples and Cinnamon

This recipe is based on one I found on Pinterest. I halved the recipe and added/subtracted to make it my own. I also have a pumpkin version too. I make this on the weekend, portion it out to take to work for break time. Reheats nicely with a little added water.

Ingredients:
1 cup Steel Cut Oats
2 cups boiling water
2 tsp ground cinnamon
3-4 apples, peeled and diced. (I use 4 golden delicious apples as they are naturally sweet and bake well)
2 – 4 Tbsp brown sugar
13.5 oz can of lite coconut milk (can sub 1 ½ cup milk of your choice)
Optional toppings: maple syrup, nuts, raisins, toasted coconut.
Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease a 2.75 quart baking dish. (I use a rectangle pyrex baking dish)
2. Put oats in a medium mixing bowl and add boiling water. Add apples, cinnamon and brown sugar, stir until combined. Add coconut milk and stir. Pour into prepared dish and bake for 50 – 60 minutes or until browned and set. (I stirred the mixture after 20 minutes and 40 minutes with a rubber spatula)
3. Stir the oats before serving and top with maple syrup.
Pumpkin version: Omit the apples and sub in ¾ – 1 cup pumpkin. I use 1 Tbsp cinnamon, but you could use pumpkin spice too.

 

– Chris B.

 

 

Upcoming Events – Mark your Calendars!!!
Holiday Porch Pot Make & Take
Sat, Nov 18 – Sun, Nov 19 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Make your place festive with a colorful container brimming with fragrant greens and sparkly accents. Drop in and you’ll get assistance on selection and design and browse glittery botanicals to accent fresh, local evergreen boughs. Then bring it all together with a creation to complement your front door for the holidays and well into winter.

 

Holiday Porch Pot Make & Take and celebrate Small Business Saturday!
Sat, Nov 25 – Sun, Nov 26 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
 
We are proud to say that we are partnering up with American Express and are a Small Business Champion for our community! On Saturday Nov. 25th there will be all sorts of fun things in store for attendees of this workshop. Get ready to win some prizes throughout the day!! (while supplies last)
 

 

 

 

Christmas Miniature Garden Make & Take
Sun, Nov 26 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Create an indoor miniature winter wonderland with tiny plants and holiday decorations. Come for either workshop, 10-noon or 1pm-3pm. Pre-Registration appreciated.

Holiday Porch Pot Workshop and our HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE! 
in conjunction with Christmas in the Grove   
 
Saturday, December 2, 2017 
 
We are ending the year with a celebration! Bring your family and friends! We will have our homegrown Poinsettias in a variety of colors, free kids activities AND a visit from a majestic pair of Clydesdale’s! Mark your calendars for this weekend! Check our facebook page for details!

SEE YOU SOON!!!
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