A Note from Scott and Marsha
September 30, 2021
It's that time of year that might be my most favorite. But let's be honest. I roll into the next season and I'm going to say it's my favorite as well.   I mean, who doesn't love pumpkin spice everything? And then peppermint everything? And the smells of fresh cut pine? Sigh ...... my heart.  

My heart also cannot take this pumpkin cuteness or the cuteness of all the tagging happening @fgsdurham on Instagram. Y'all taking pictures with your babies and littles with the truck makes me tear up every single time.  But seriously, how has almost 7 months gone by with our Wittle Wove?  Halle Claire is growing up so fast, starting to jabber and giving lots of smiles. She does make us work for them, and I find making an idiot of myself for her smile is, without a doubt, worth it.  

But back to pumpkin cuteness. Last week, Sean, Julia and I ventured out for a pumpkin pick-up. We have determined which landscape truck holds the MOST bins so with a bit of negotiating/begging from Jack (the Landscape Operations Manager), we bounced out early one morning for "the pickup."  

Mind you, Sean does most of our deliveries so he is very used to driving a bigger truck and/or the new Garden Center van. There was no question for me that he was perfect for the trip. And Julia, our Garden Center Manager, has taken over coordinating our pumpkins this year and let me tell you, her 5'2" feisty self has handled it like a "boss".  

The Pumpkin Musketeers arrived and picked all the glorious bins we could find for you. Once we were loaded and drove away, Julia and I followed Sean. Suddenly, he pulled over on the side of the road.

Julia and I look at each other. "Ok, why is he stopping, Julia?" I ask. "What is he doing? Why is he getting out? What in the world is he looking at?" 

I jumped out and find out the back tire was very low on air which was why Sean had pulled over. He was pretty anxious. Don't get me wrong. If I was driving a large truck with double stacked bins on I-40 at 65-70 mph with a tire low, I'd be anxious. No reason to break down, slow traffic, or have pumpkins flying on the highway while a WRAL helicopter is rolling video. We need press but not that kind of press!  

Because Sean is uber careful, we weren't on the highway yet and a gas station was right around the corner. 

"Follow us, Sean!" we exclaimed.  

We pulled up to a super fancy air pump that actually took a credit card and gave you 5 minutes of air. It took me a hot minute to figure out how to use it and even longer for Sean and I to find the tire valve since this wasn't your normal run of the mill tire. After we finally found it and had the air pump working, we realized the tire was extremely low on pressure.  

I wish you could have been there. Sean was getting impatient and anxious thinking the air wasn't going in the tire. I was getting impatient that he was impatient and anxious and the fact that I wasn't "confident" in my air pressure skills. And since Jack was on vacation, I couldn't call him. That meant Scott was running the division, and I WASN'T ABOUT to call him for help and get all his salt and sass.  

So Sean is trying to keep the gauge held specifically and I'm standing on the other side of the truck reading the pump screaming over the machine, "Twenty-seven pounds. Thirty pounds. Thirty-three pounds, Sean!"  

"OK! I'm holding it! Oh my gosh, my arms are hurting!" yells Sean.  

"Don't quit, Sean! Keeping holding it for the love of God and everything sacred! We need thirty more pounds!" 

"I'm not quitting. I'm holding it. Oh my gosh."

"Fifty pounds! Don't you dare let go, Sean! You can do it, you can do it!"  

Where is Julia, you ask? She was sitting in the car checking her email while Sean and I were screaming under the truck at one another. Needless to say, we added all the air the machine would allow and it was enough to return to FGS with the goodies.  

We've got pumpkins. We've got all the trees and shrubs you need. We've got pansies, mums, fall blooming perennials, houseplants and more. And in the middle of all of that, we do have some salt and sass sprinkled with a little class. Unless we are at an air pump....then all the class is out the window!  
NEXT Saturday, October 9, 2021
Doors open 6:30PM
Music starts 7:30PM
Raise your hand if you want to rock and roll all night and party every day!
We’ll have TWO bands rockin’ the trees and you won’t want to miss this!
Michael Daughtry & the Drift will kick off the night with some powerful, positive rock tinged with folk and pop. Michael’s original songs feature tight, driving performances, and his band has opened concerts for Jimmy Buffett and Edward McCain, among others.
ARSON DAILY is comprised of Raleigh-based friends who have made the conscious effort to grow beyond their traditionally raw, garage-rock predispositions. They’ve been experimenting with new methods of songwriting and we get to reap the benefits! ARSON DAILY’s vestibule-pounding live performance is the core of their music.
We could not be more stoked to welcome both of these bands to FGS to help us close out 2021’s concert series! Grab your tickets now because they will go fast!
Ticket prices:
$20 for General Admission (ages 13+)
$10 for Child tickets (ages 3-12)
Children under 3 are free!
Please note that we do not provide seating for these events. Bring your own bagged chair or blanket. Thanks!
Buy 6 or more 6-packs OR 18 or more 4-inch pansies
and receive
Neanthe Bella Palms enjoy bright, indirect light, but can also handle medium light pretty well. They are happiest if you allow them to dry out between waterings, but don't let them get super dry. As your palm grows, it may need water more often. It is a good idea to mist your Bella Palm frequently, as they like humidity. Bonus: they are pet-friendly! MEOW!
We are stocked with new outdoor pottery in many different sizes and colors to fit the plants you want to plant or the color scheme you want to maintain. These pots are worth the investment as they will hold up to freezing temperature in the winter. Fill with combinations of your favorite perennials and annuals, or even a shrub or tree!
Persimmon trees are now in stock! We have Diospyros Virginiana, Fuyu, and Nakita's Gift varieties. Use persimmons for cooking in both sweet and savory dishes! Cut branches are also gorgeous to use in arrangements!
Meet Edison Pearce!
Role: FGS Therapist
Started at FGS: June 2020
Ice Cream: Peanut Butter
TV Show: Paw Patrol
Last Book Read: Where the Red Fern Grows, Wilson Rawls
Plant: Fire Chief Arborvitae
Food: Perfectly grilled chicken or salmon
Restaurant: Any with an outdoor patio

Edison joined the FGS family in June of 2020 and has been giving licks and love to any one who needs it ever since. He is big brother to Truman who assists him in the FGS Therapy department. If Edison is not at work offering unconditional love and support, he is wrestling with Truman or walking his parents on the Tobacco Trail. He loves sniffing flowers in the backyard and playing fetch. Really, he would play fetch for hours if you have the time.
Plant Tip of the Week:
October arrives tomorrow which means there is plenty to do in the lawn and garden over the next few weeks. Plant bulbs, dig up blubs, divide perennials, plant your cold season veggies and give your lawn some love. For more details and tips,
check out this post!
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