Decorate For The Birds

You can create outdoor decorations that do double duty: decorations for the holidays, and feeding the birds. See how to use suet cages or make pine cone ornaments decorate trees, wreaths and swags.

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We Love Amaryllis!

Here are 10 tips for growing the most beautiful indoor amaryllis on Cape Cod. Read about potting, staking and keeping these bulbs from year to year.

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Ready, Set, Grow! March on Cape Cod

Truth?  On Cape Cod it’s not spring in March. Not even close. But no matter what Mother Nature is giving us outside, there are several things on the home-landscape and garden to-do list this month. Here is your March Checklist: Cut down ornamental grasses anytime this month. At this point they are falling over and are…

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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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Fall Planting and Creating Colorful Gardens

Fall is an exciting time in the garden center as new stock floods into the nursery in time for fall planting. When it comes to “fall color” we’re not just talking about how the foliage changes in autumn! I was pleased to find dozens of plants with great foliage colors and textures when I walked…

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Is It Safe To Plant Outside?

As the garden center fills with beautiful plants for the summer season, our customers are asking if they can plant what they see outdoors. “Can I put my tomatoes in?” one man asked today, and yesterday a woman called wanting to know if she could plant the basil outdoors. Today is May 1st and we…

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“This March is SO Different!”

The wonderful thing about a digital library of photos is that you have a very quick and accurate time machine. I took a trip back through the years today prompted by a conversation I had with a customer. “This March is so different!” she mused. “I don’t remember a year when it was this bad.…

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Let’s Get Together And Make Something

Have you ever gotten together with a group of friends on an occasion when everyone is in the kitchen creating some part of a meal? If so, you’ve undoubtedly discovered the simple pleasure of talking, laughing and cooking in a group. In such events we learn that sometimes the best celebrations are when we come…

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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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