Cyclamen Care

Give the gift of color this Valentine’s Day with a cyclamen. We’ll help you keep yours in living color through the season here.

In general, cyclamen are easy-care plants. This is good for those of us who may not always be so good to our potted plants! Just follow these easy steps:

CyclamenMake them feel at home. In the wild, cyclamen can be found in the woods with their root systems hidden and flowers peaking out towards the sunlight. Do your best to imitate this atmosphere by keeping your plant around room temperature. Find a place for your cyclamen near a window but not directly in front of it. Cooler, low-light environments could have your plant blooming through mid-spring! Warmer, brighter climates may just send your cyclamen into an early dormancy.

Don’t chance the cold. While cyclamen is beautiful outdoors in pots and within our landscapes, this particular plant doesn’t do so hot in the cold! So if you’re keeping your cyclamen outside, just be sure to bring them inside if the weatherman calls for temperatures lower than 50 degrees.

Water once a week. The easiest way to ensure you’re not drowning your cyclamen, is to place your pot in a tray of about an inch of water overnight just once a week. This allows the plant to rehydrate without moistening the soil at undesirable levels.

Keep it clean! Dead-head any dead or yellowing leaves.

If additional questions arise, feel free to swing by GSCO any time! We’ll be happy to help you raise a healthy cyclamen!

Caring for mums: Easy gardening tips for maximized fall color

MumsA pop of color. It’s what gives flavor to our landscapes in the fall. Mums–formally known as chrysanthemums–add much-needed color to our porches, decks and yards after our bright summer annuals have faded.

Mums are a fall favorite. Get the most bloom for your buck with these gardening tips:

Selecting
Mums bloom for about a month. When selecting plants, choose those that still have plenty of buds that haven’t opened yet to maximize the color you get to enjoy in your yard.

Planting
Mums love sun. While they can survive in a partially sunny area of the yard, they may grow leggy reaching for light if they aren’t getting enough sun and have fewer buds and blooms than those that get full sun.
Mums actually do best if planted in the spring so that they can establish their root systems prior to blooming. However, most mums are purchased in the fall since it’s the time when they are in full color. Just be sure to plant yours prior to the first hard frost.

Watering
Whether your mums are planted within the landscape or in container gardens, be sure that the soil is well-drained. Water every day when it’s dry. Keep the soil moist but not wet.

Deadheading
Remove or deadhead browned flowers by pinching or cutting them off above the leaves on the stem. Some say pinching may damage the stem so cutting the dead flowers may be your best bet.

Fertilizing
Chances are you just purchased your mums. And in this case, they have plenty of fertilizer in the soil already. When your mums grow back in the spring, feed them monthly until August.

Overwintering
Many people purchase new mums each year, but did you know that mums come back each year if overwintered properly? Once your blooms have all browned along with the stems, allow them to go through several hard frosts as they are. Even if they aren’t too pretty on the eyes! Your mums will come back larger next season if you wait until spring to remove the browned portions of the plants. But you can always cut them back after a few frosts if this is your preference and cover them with about three inches of mulch.

Pinching Back
Come spring, you’ll begin to see green shoots peeping from the mulch. Pinch back the new growth until mid-July to increase the number of side shoots and maximize blooms.

Want to learn more about gardening with confidence? Join renowned author and garden expert, Helen Yoest, at Garden Supply Company this Friday, October 31 at 10am. Learn more.

Getting Crafty

Hello everyone, and happy Wednesday to you! Today I have a few fun home decor and gift items to share with you that are perfect for all you Do-It-Yourself folks out there. If you are looking for that personalized touch to add to your homes or that special one-of-a-kind gift idea,we’ve got you covered. And if you haven’t been into the Greenhouse lately, do stop by. We’ve got new goodies arriving daily that you won’t want to miss.

Like these adorable scarecrow kits that will add a charming touch to your harvest decor.

Young and old alike are going to love these metal gourd kits. Simply insert the pieces as you like into a pumpkin or gourd, creating a smiling face in no time. This kit can be reused year after year, and works equally well in real or faux pumpkins. Doesn’t this scarecrow look adorable in the planting basket with a touch of recycled paper as a ruff?  And if you like this guy, you’ll love the turkey kit, too.

The turkey kit comes complete with metal head, feet, and tail-feathers to make one adorable, re-usable turkey decoration every year.

Another wonderful do-it-yourself project in the Greenhouse right now is the Remake It wine cork trivet.

Recycle your old wine corks into a trivet with this easy kit. Simply twist your corks onto the metal trivet, and you are done. It’s as simple as that. What a perfect way to showcase corks from your travels or special gatherings and occasions. Makes a fabulous gift for the wine enthusiast on your list. And, it’s a great way to recycle, as well.

If you’re looking for truly personalized artwork, take a look. You can spell any name, word, or phrase with these mix and match alphabets and create your very own one-of-a-kind personalized masterpiece.

Each letter of the alphabet is represented with a unique black and white photo using architectural elements for the font. We have 3, 4, 5, 6, or more celled frames to help you create the perfect art piece.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Hope to see you all soon down at Garden Supply.

Fun for the Kids

Hello everyone! Happy Monday! I hope your weeks are off to a productive and wonderful start. This is a big week for many, as Wake County schools open their doors to a new year for those on the traditional calendar. Back to school time means fall is just around the corner, bringing with it seasonal fun and cooler temperatures.  Won’t it be nice to be able to get back in the garden again after this rather hot summer?

For all the kiddos out there who are getting ready to go back to school, or who have already been going on the year-round schedule, we have a few special treats for you down at Garden Supply. We have just received a seriously silly, seriously fun selection of fun bands in the Greenhouse. Your kiddos are going to love the new scented, mini, tye-dye, glittered, seasonal, and glow-in-the-dark varieties.

We also have a very special visitor to the garden center that I know your kids will adore. Please say hello to Alvin, the prairie dog!

Prairie dogs are burrowing rodents native to the grasslands of North America. On average, these little guys will grow to be between 12–16 inches long, including the short tail, and weigh between 1–3 lbs. They are found in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Alvin is just visiting, and may not be around for long, so do stop by the Greenhouse if you get a chance, soon. It’s not often you’ll get the chance to come face-to-face with a prairie dog!

Thanks for stopping by everyone!  I’ll see you back here soon for more snippets from the garden.

Let's Take a Walk

Come take a walk with me through the Greenhouse.  There are LOTS of new goodies arriving daily that will brighten your homes, celebrate the upcoming change of season, and put you in the mood for a little holiday fun. I’ve brought my camera along.  Let’s see what’s new together.

This is just the beginning of the new treasures to see down at Garden Supply.  If you’re in the area, stop in and say hello.  We’d love a visit from you. Remember, also, we would be happy to mail you a goody or two from the Greenhouse if you can’t make it in soon.

Thanks so much for dropping by today!  I’ll be back before long with more snippets from the garden.

Halloween Haunts

Hi everyone and happy Wednesday to you all!  I’ve just come from Garden Supply where I toured the Greenhouse to peek at all the new goodies that have been arriving for Fall and Halloween.  And of course I brought my camera. So how would you like to take a little tour with me? We can see what’s new together.

This is just a small sampling of what you’ll find in store for you down at the garden center.  Come see for yourself…….

If you DARE!!!!