A Note from Scott and Marsha
March 26, 2020
I'm about to show my age here .... "Bridge Over Troubled Water" is playing on my computer via Spotify. 

When you're weary, feeling small
When tears are in your eyes, I'll dry them all (all)
I'm on your side, oh, when times get rough
And friends just can't be found
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down

Two weeks ago was meltdown Sunday and Scott told me I had to leave my crazy at home. This Sunday, I painted the entire bathroom.   And this week, we simply persevere.   Still married.   I was sharing with someone at work that as a kid, I remember living through my father's lay-off from the steel mills in Pennsylvania in the 1980's. I remember him rocking with his afghan on his shoulders when I came home from school. I remember going with him to clean office buildings at night and him making a game of it with me to see if I could empty all the office garbage cans faster than he could vacuum. I went with him to clean a beautiful historic church on the weekends. We raked leaves. My parents did all sorts of things that provided because that was simply who they were/are. Resilient. They modeled that for me. And then I up and married a resilient man. Go figure.  

This past Saturday at the garden center, Scott had a wonderful social distanced conversation with a sweet lady who remembers the Victory Gardens from WWII. I found this on military.wikia.org: " Victory gardens , also called war gardens or food gardens for defense, were vegetable, fruit, and herb gardens planted at private residences and public parks in [many countries in Europe] during World War I and World War II.  They were used not only to build morale but also to feed those in need."  

We have a unique time at this very moment to show children what resilience, perseverance and patience can look like. Maybe it is homeschooling right now and you might have said, "I will never, EVER homeschool."  Maybe you said, "I have a black thumb and I would never, EVER have a garden."   

We can be resilient through this regardless of the outcome. We will garden on here at FGS. We will enjoy the sunshine, the fresh air and the rain. We will grow in our character personally, and we will realize we can survive a day without XXX - whatever that might be for you.  You have a unique opportunity to love your neighbor, love and teach the younger generation (and yourself) what all of us might be lacking in character and love something new that maybe you haven't tried. As Simon and Garfunkel said ...

Sail on silver girl
Sail on by
Your time has come to shine
All your dreams are on their way
See how they shine
Oh, if you need a friend
I'm sailing right behind
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind  

However you get here, whether social distanced  or curbside pick-up , we are here ready to encourage, bless and help you be victorious with your indoor or outdoor garden spaces. Let's show our generations before that we, too, CAN DO THIS!! Now put down your phones, get off the news and get outside people!   There are fields to PLOW!!!!  (6' apart please.) 
Friends, we wanted let you know that we fall under the essential business category and will remain OPEN for your convenience. We also remain committed to the idea that being outside and gardening is such a great way to relieve tension and anxiety during this time. Bringing green home right now might be just what you need to enjoy your space, since we will all be spending a more time there in the coming weeks. We are very aware of the concerns related to this virus and take them very seriously.  For more information regarding how we are taking measures to protect our employees and customers, please CLICK HERE .
We are now offering curbside pick-up and delivery!!! You can check out our inventory online here , place your order from the comfort of home and pick-up your order or have it delivered! (We have always offered a delivery option, by the way.) Delivery within 10 miles is $35, 11-20 miles is $50. We are offering 50% off delivery on orders over $100. Please feel free to call or text with questions. We have a phone number dedicated specifically to online ordering: (919) 525-4954 We can't wait to serve you in this way!
Everyone's favorite summer flower is here--lantana! Lantana should be planted in full-sun. We love that it is deer-resistant and drought tolerant. We have many colors and varieties to choose from. While most colors are annuals, we do also currently have Miss Huff, who is a perennial. Plant her in your garden and she will make a showing year after year! If lantana isn't your favorite, we also have many other summer annuals to choose from--petunias, snapdragons and verbena are just a few!
If you were thinking about starting your own chicken coop--these aren't for that. Our Hens and Chicks are perennial, outdoor, cold-hardy succulents and they are gorgeous. They love sunny, hot and dry places and will do well in the ground (make sure there is PLENTY of drainage) or in a container. You will love how easy these are to care for. Since they are succulents, hens and chicks do not require a lot of water--just a lot of sun. They pair beautifully with our stonecrop varieties.
The Merlot Redbud is a show-stopper of a tree in spring and summer. In spring, you will enjoy purply-pink flowers a plenty. The flowers give way to thick, glossy, heart-shaped leaves that hold up to summer heat like a champ! You can also plant in part-shade. The Merlot Redbud is a smaller tree--it grows up to 12 feet tall and 15 feet wide. Plant in a location with good drainage for best results. They can handle the clay soil in our area very well. This beauty attracts birds, butterflies, and bees.
Due to our current situation, we are putting all classes and workshops on hold until further notice. If classes are canceled and included a fee, a full refund will be issued. We will notify any participants of these changes well in advance. Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram (@fgsdurham) as we hope to offer virtual class opportunities through those platforms.  
If you missed it last week, make sure to check out the articles we shared below. We know you are doing everything you can to stay healthy right now. Did you know that being outside in the fresh air, working in the garden, and caring for (and having) houseplants is great for your health? We wanted to include links to a few articles we thought you might find useful.
If you are ready to plant your spring veggie garden , we have lots of fresh vegetable plants in the Garden Center to choose from. If you aren't sure where to start, check out this post about Early Spring Vegetable Planting .

Now is a great time to plant trees and shrubs ! For our tips and suggestions, don't miss this post on tree and shrub planting !
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