A Note from Scott and Marsha
January 16, 2020
Well, here we go again with the good ole NC weather. Buying sunscreen and swatting mosquitoes in the house in January was NOT on my normal To-Do list for January. And checking the weather today? " Expect drops in temperatures next week,"  they say. I feel like I should wear one flip flop and one boot just for funzies. Insert an exasperated eye-roll here with me please. Happy New Year.

If you don't follow us or you are new to our stories, a year ago, I wrote about Scott and I starting Whole 30. It was his gut health we were after, and I'm of the mindset  leave no one behind  (even though I've never been in the military I've decided this should be everyone's motto.) I couldn't let my man suffer alone, so we suffered together. For 120 days. ONE HUNDRED TWENTY DAYS. What is Whole 30? No sugar. No wheat. No legumes. No alcohol. No dairy.  

I know, right? Kill me now. But with great success after crying weekly and realizing how much I emotionally eat, we were healthier. And like every normal person, we get comfortable and reintroduce things over time and slowly backslide with all things wonderful like cake, ginger cookies, Moscow Mules, chocolates, french bread, black beans, cheese...oh, how I love thee.

So with the new year, we are doing a reset for just 30 days. Thirty LONG days. We are halfway and well, I'm a miserable cow. Why is this so DANG hard? To top it off, it's our annual planning time. And everyone else is also doing some sort of reset of their own so we are all a bunch of miserable, fun-loving creatures. Add goal planning, opinions and lack of overall food/wheat/sugar/alcohol/dairy/legumes, it's no wonder any of us came out alive. 

So what have I done to compensate for these deep, sad and hungry feelings? I have taken home 8 new house plants. I am OUT OF CONTROL. It is almost time for an intervention. I'm not even kidding. I told a customer yesterday I had about 68 houseplants and she looked at me like I was insane. I feel insane, but I can't help it. They bring me joy. They improve my mood. You should try it.  

In the meantime, I'm in building vision mode. Details coming soon. All these things to help you bring green home and improve your mood, too! See you in the garden!  
Dracaena Mass Cane is the houseplant Judy chose for this week's feature. This plant will grow up to 15 feet tall, so it makes the perfect plant for a space needing height. Dracaena prefers medium light locations and likes to be moderately moist. Make sure not to leave the roots sitting in water. Dracaena are excellent at removing toxins from the air, so you can breathe easier when you have one around. You'll love this low maintenance beauty.
You may read Dogwood and think tree , but the Red Twig Dogwood is actually a shrub . This deciduous shrub reveals gorgeous dark red branches that will accent your winter landscape beautifully, and you won't be disappointed with the glossy green foliage spring through summer. You'll also enjoy white flowers followed by blue berries. One thing we love about this shrub is the different soil types it can tolerate and how diversely it can be used in your landscape.
If you are missing spring blooms, we have the plant for you! Winter Jasmine blooms adorable yellow flowers in JANUARY! Hello, happy! While Winter Jasmine does not boast the fragrance of its Jasmine cousins, it still brings joy for those who need a pop of yellow in their winter garden. Use it as a ground cover or near walls, fences or trellises and it will climb if you just train it a bit. Be sure to plant in well-drained soil.
Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 6PM-8PM
With Valentine's Day right around the corner let us help you create a one of a kind succulent arrangement that you can give to that special person in your life or take home for yourself to enjoy. Cost includes container, succulents, supplies, light snack and one drink. The bar will be open for additional purchases. Cost is $40 Register now!
Hosted by Debbi Barrett, FGS Plant Coach

Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 11AM-1PM
Enjoy a tasty lunch as we present terrarium soil building, design principles, and maintenance. After lunch, you will get creative and make your own terrarium garden! You’ll practically be a terrarium guru by the time you leave! Space is limited to 10 participants so please register early. All materials included. Lunch will include your choice of the following: Salad, fruit, chips and drink or sandwich/wrap, chips, cookie and drink. Once you are registered for the class we will send you an email to confirm your lunch selections. Cost is $45 per participant.  Register here ! Payment is required to hold your spot.
Presenter: Debbi Barnett, FGS Plant Coach

CANDLE MAKING CLASS , Thursday, March 12, 2020, 6PM-8PM
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BONSAI FOR BEGINNERS , Saturday, March 28, 2020, 10AM-1PM
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Spring is not too far around the corner, so NOW is the time to let us know about any landscaping project ideas you have for your home. Our landscape schedule fills up fast once spring arrives, so don't wait! Contact us today to schedule your design consultation and allow us to help make your dream a reality in 2020.
If you missed it last week and need tips for how you can have more green in your life, be sure to read this post. Our Happy Healthy Houseplants seminar is this weekend. If you can't make it, you can learn a a lot about what houseplants are easy to care for in our Easy Care Houseplants post.
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