Store Talk

Ways to Make Watering Easier

Early in the season we had plenty of rainfall, but as the summer goes on most people find that they need to water their plants. Even those who have automatic irrigation systems often need to target specific areas with additional ways to deliver moisture since tall plants can block in-ground sprinklers, or the usual lawn…

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Landscape Consultations ~ Cape Cod

Here’s a question that I hear frequently: “Do you do consultations?” I consider Country Garden’s on-site consultation service to be another way we can live up to our company motto: Large enough to serve you, small enough to know you. Many of our customers can be helped right in the nursery and store. Most of…

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Dipladenia or Mandevilla?

Many of you might remember when the rock star Prince changed his name to a symbol. Since the symbol wasn’t pronounceable, because that would just be another name after all, he became “the artist formerly known as Prince.” I think of this every time I pass the baskets of ‘Red Riding Hood’ Mandevilla in the…

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Guarantees on Plants

Today I updated guarantee and return policies on the store website. There are many joys about working in a garden center, but dealing with plant guarantees isn’t one of them. First and foremost, plants are living things and living things are quirky. They are also fragile, and vulnerable to extremes in weather or other growing conditions. When I…

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Best Plants and Products for Cape Cod

Today I posted revised lists of plants and products on our Best For Cape Cod web page.  Why make changes? Well, first of all, there are always going to be a plant or two that we’ve overlooked. Secondly, since we launched this educational effort four years ago there have been new plants that have come…

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Alternative to Niger Seeds

Many people who feed the birds have a finch feeder and the finches love the Niger seed that is commonly used to fill them. But some people don’t realize that by using the very fine sunflower chips in these  feeder they can attract a greater variety of birds.  My husband and I have filled our thistle…

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Garden Gifts

You don’t have to be blessed with green thumbs to appreciate a gift for the yard and garden, but you might not want to do what a friend of mine arranged for his wife’s Christmas gift. This man thought his spouse, and avid gardener, would appreciate a gift of soil amendments, so he bought her…

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Fall Gardening Brings Rewards Next Spring

At this time of year we often have clear sunny days when it’s a pleasure to be out in the yard and garden. Getting out and enjoying the late-fall weather can also save you time and effort next spring. Here are three ways of reaping rewards now and next season: After cutting down your perennials…

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Still Time To Take Cuttings

Since we haven’t had a frost yet it’s still possible to take some cuttings of your favorite annuals and perennials. For easy propagation you’ll need some rooting cubes (see photo), rooting hormone, plastic trays to hold your cubes and cuttings, and a sharp knife. 1. Cut pieces of the plants you wish to propagate that…

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A True Storm Story

In the height of the hurricane, as the letters were blowing off of Country Garden’s roof, employee Amelia Lynch watched as a man untied a bunch of corn stalks off of the fence and stole them.  He carted that corn away, complete with orange bow. Emergency decorating for a hurricane party?  

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