Holiday Decor

Celebrate Life With Paperwhite Narcissus

There are so many reasons that we love paperwhite Narcissus, but many people ask “How do I keep narcissus foliage upright?” At the time of year when the days are short and it’s getting cold it’s uplifting to have something that we can watch grow. Paperwhites sprout and grow quickly even when planted on a shallow layer…

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Christmas With A Sense Of Place

I was having fun in the garden center today getting ready for Christmas. I’ve done arrangements and wreaths in our custom department for over 15 years now, and I’ve seen that our customers love the holidays and Cape Cod. They appreciate decorations that celebrate Christmas and this seaside region. Many of the wreaths we make have shells, netting and…

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Can I Plant My Gift Hydrangea Outside?

Before Easter and Mothers Day our greenhouse is filled with beautiful potted Hydrangea plants. These make lovely gifts but since they are raised in a greenhouse, and are in flower months before their natural blooming time when grown outdoors, many wonder if it’s possible to keep them and plant them in the landscape later.  Here…

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Holiday Plants: Keep or Compost?

“Can I keep my Poinsettia from year to year?” “Should I save the Cyclamen and try to get it to flower again?” “Can I plant the paperwhite Narcissus bulbs outside?” “What do I do with the Amaryllis once it stops blooming?” These are the questions our customers ask. We love the holiday plants that bring color,…

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Making Decorations With Winter Greens

One of the pleasures at this time of year is using assorted cut evergreens in arrangements. By sticking the freshly cut ends of these greens into a block of water-filled Oasis floral foam, these compositions will last through the holidays and beyond. Use floral foam to hold greens in window boxes, pots, urns and for…

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Recycling Celebrations

Today is America Recycles Day. This reminds me about Christmas at Country Garden and something I saw at the Philadelphia airport. As I walked down to my gate in October I noticed a colorful grouping of plants and old wooden pallets. Some of the boards on the pallets had been painted with random colors and stamped or…

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Amaryllis & Paperwhite Narcissus

I love the indoor winter bulbs. At the time of year when the days are getting shorter, it lifts my spirits to be able to plant something inside that I know will be coming into bloom soon. And both Amaryllis and paperwhite Narcissus bulbs are easy to grow indoors. You don’t have to have soil to…

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Can I Plant My Easter Plants Outside?

After the Easter holiday we typically get phone calls from customers who want to plant their gift plants outdoors. “Can I plant my greenhouse hydrangea outside?” they ask, or “Will the azalea that I got for a present be hardy?” If you live on Cape Cod, the answer is “Yes, those plants should be fine…

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Easy Thanksgiving Centerpieces

Many people don’t want to have an elaborate centerpiece on Thanksgiving because let’s face it…the focus of this holiday is on the people gathered, our expressions of gratitude, and the food. But one of the things that makes holidays memorable is setting a special table that is different from the day-to-day. Here are some ideas…

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Air Plant Gardens

Looking for a fun plant craft that can also be a great hostess or get-well gift? Do you want a project for older children on a cool and cloudy fall day? Come into our greenhouse and discover how you can easily make a charming air plant (Tillandsia) or bubble garden. After putting in that base…

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