Archive for November 2018

How to Make a Birdbath or Urn Topper

One of the things the custom department at HCG does at this time of year is to make arrangements for window boxes, porch pots and other containers. One of the most unusual pieces we do is a birdbath or urn topper. Here are photo instructions for you to create your own toppers…we have all the…

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Cultivating Gratitude

Many people have expressed the wisdom of actively fostering an attitude of gratitude. In pleasant times counting our blessings helps us not to take good fortune for granted. And when circumstances are difficult, seeking things to be thankful for can help balance, or even lift our burdens. During those periods when we’re just trudging through…

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Do I Prune My Hydrangeas In The Fall?

Some people notice that their neighbor has trimmed their blue hydrangeas down by half in October. Others wonder if they need to cut the brown flowers off their LimeLight or other Hydrangea paniculatas. Added to these questions is the confusion about when hydrangeas form their flowers, and how to prune them so that the most…

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Winter Protective Mulch

A mulch designed to protect tender plants in the winter is not the same as the mulch you put down to suppress weeds and keep moisture in the soil. The latter is usually finely chopped leaves, bark or other wood, and it works by forming a thin but fairly tight layer on top of the…

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