A Note from Scott and Marsha
February 13, 2020
Greetings, everyone! It’s time for one of those weeks where I (Scott) take over the weekly newsletter in honor of what has lovingly become known as “The Week of Marsha”. For those of you who do not know, it's a busy week around here. Today (the 13th) is her birthday..the last one of this decade of birthdays for her. :) Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day which she loves and decorates for in January. Wrapping up the weekend is our 29th wedding anniversary on Sunday the 16th. Suffice to say, I did not plan well when we picked out a wedding date, but I have never forgotten either so there’s that.

It has been another big year in our house with our middle child, Spencer, moving out and getting his own place leaving us with only our youngest at home. It has been an adjustment, but Marsha and I are enjoying getting to spend lots of time together and a more free-flowing schedule.

Anyway, back to Marsha--it is her week after all. We took a trip last week to one of our favorite places in Asheville for a few nights because it never makes sense to go away and battle all the Valentine’s travelers on the actual week of our celebrations. It was great to just have some time to wind down after a very busy 2019 before the madness of 2020 sets in for a while. If you know Marsha, she has had projects galore going on to get things ready for all of you this spring so forcing her into a little down time is necessary from time to time.

If you are a fan of the Enneagram, you will be able to appreciate the idea that she is an “8” and I am a “6”. Those two types approach life at a very different pace. When we discuss an idea, I like to take lots of time to think of all the potential pitfalls, while she already has a plan in place and one foot out the door. This difference between us to be much harder, but I think we are aging because we are starting to recognize the benefits of this now and appreciate each other’s approach a lot more. We work together every day which many people say they couldn't do, but we wouldn't have it any other way and are really grateful to be able to do so--even on the days we don’t see eye to eye.

We are really appreciative around here for Marsha and the way she keeps us moving forward. But more than that, I am so grateful for her as a wife and a mom. Her children not only love her, but they really like her as well which I think says a lot. And you know what, I do too. So..Happy Birthday, Valentine’s Day, and Anniversary week, Marsha. We love you! In her honor, or in honor of your special someone, come bring some green home this week! And no worries...Marsha will be back to being the storyteller next week!
Bromeliad Silver Vase is Judy's pick this week. This gorgeous, air-purifying bromeliad has thick, silvery green leaves. In the middle of the leaves, a pink "flower" (they are actually called bracts ) then blooms smaller blue flowers. The pink bracts will last many months. Once it is gone, it does not bloom again, but you are left with a beautiful houseplant nonetheless. Medium light will help the bracts to last longer.
We love plants that bloom in the winter. Bursts of color in the landscape during cold dreary days are such a joy. Camellias are some of our favorites. The Daikagura Camellia has beautiful peony-like pink blooms and dark, glossy green foliage. Plant Camellias in part shade (morning light is okay) in soil that drains well. The Daikagura will can grow to 12' by 10', so give it plenty of room to spread out. You can float the blooms in water for a beautiful indoor display.
You have probably noticed a lot of the native red buds in our area are already blooming. As spring progresses, more trees will burst into bloom. Get your own flowering tree this weekend! We will have flowering cherry and red bud trees in stock. One of our favorites is the Prunus Kojo-no-mai--an adorable dwarf cherry tree that boast prolific pale pink blooms in spring and only grows to 8 feet tall.
Don't miss out on our Tropical Tuesday deal every Tuesday in February. Save 10% off all houseplants. We are fully stocked with all your favorites, plus some rare plant surprises. Only TWO Tuesdays left to take advantage of this deal!
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. Bring a friend or make a new one! Plant lovers unite! 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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TREE PLANTING CLASS , Saturday, March 20, 2020, 10AM-11AM
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BONSAI FOR BEGINNERS , Saturday, March 28, 2020, 10AM-1PM
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Spring is right around the corner which means all those lawn duties are coming up soon. If you would like us to take care of those tasks for you this year, we would love to. You can request a free estimate online or email us directly . You (and your lawn) will be glad you did!
Do you have a small space that needs a small tree? Not sure what tree would be best? In this blog post , we recommend a variety of small trees for small spaces and include their best features.

Don't miss your February to-do list for what needs to be done in the lawn and garden this month . It is time to start preparing and planning for spring planting!
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