A Note from Scott and Marsha
February 3, 2022
Soooooo, what did you do for the third snowy weekend in a row? By the time you are reading this, it's going to be 67. If I were a daffodil or tulip, I would not buy into the madness and stay put. If I were a peony, I would be living my absolute best life knowing that I'm going to be spectacular this spring with my blooms.  

Since we are right in the middle of revamping an area, yet again, I thought I would share one of the many funny interactions I have. If you follow along, you know winter is the only time we can complete my ideas/thoughts. My goal was to be finished by January 31. Of course, I'm not. My new goal is Feb 15th. A girl can dream, right?  

The owner, Ben Hale at Benjamin Hale Builders, was the one who helped me with the new addition at the Garden Center. (Still my absolute favorite place.) But this time, it's a really small thing so I asked him if he would mind helping. He is in the middle of so many projects but he kindly humors me and says yes. I think he thinks I'm nuts and I'm entertainment.  

After prepping the area and basically looking like a war zone for three days, it was ready. Ben shows up and needs to borrow the CAT for moving a few things after bantering with me about the fact I didn't have pastries or coffee there waiting for him.  

A couple hours later, I look down to my phone ringing. It's Ben.  

Me: Hey, what's up? 
Ben: Is there some trick to getting the CAT to work?
Me: Did you try wiggling your nose?
Ben: Yes.
Me: Are the armrests down?
Ben: Yes.
Me: Are you buckled in? 
Ben: I don't see a seatbelt.
Me: So you're saying you needed to call a woman to find out how to operate the CAT?  
Ben: No.
Me: But you are. And buckle up. If you can't find it, you aren't looking hard enough. 
Ben: Ok, yes.  
Me: Did you turn the key?  
Ben: Ok, I see John. He can help me.  
Me: How many men does it take to start a CAT?  
Ben: Goodbye. 

We all have our gifts and some days they are funnier than others to watch play out. Today, my superpower was wit. What's yours? We think you should bring your blooming-self and share your superpower with us. We need it and will put you to work!  
Remember last week when Elizabeth burned all of O'Kelly's manuscripts after his death? Good thing she waited because James O'Kelly loved his wife and was a man of his word. His will stated, 

"Item, I give and bequeath unto my dere and loving wife Elizabeth O'Kelly after my last debts are paid every cents worth of property of every kind horses Hoggs Cattle Sheep household and kitchen furniture plantation utensils Monies Bonds note of hand to the Cash --- ? of property at her own disposal forever If a free man hath a right to doe what he will with his Own. I constitute this my last will and testament." 

He called her his dere and loving wife (so Irish, isn't it?). And she basically got the farm right down to the utensils. Literally loving this and hope you are too. :) I love history. 
Tropical Tuesday
Every Tuesday in February all houseplants & succulents are 10% OFF!
If you are looking for an easy-to-care-for, unique, and attractive houseplant, then you can't go wrong with the String of Hearts plant! This evergreen, succulent, trailing vine is perfect for planting in hanging baskets or in pots on shelves or window sills. The leaves appear on long cascading vines that hang straight down, creating an effect almost like a beaded curtain of heart-shaped leaves. It is a long-lived and fast-growing plant, and the sprawling vines can hang down several feet once they are mature. This low-maintenance plant enjoys bright, indirect light, but can tolerate small doses of direct sunlight.
A particularly showy wintergreen, Winterberry Red Sprite stands apart from the crowd with an abundance of red berries growing the entire length of the stems, giving it a charming cascading appearance. Every fall, they develop vibrant red berries that pop against the green foliage and stay throughout the season, even after the leaves drop. Tiny white flowers mature to clusters of show stopping red berries, a remarkable display of vivid color. They glow in any landscape, providing bursts of color in the empty winter countryside. Growing 6-8 ft. tall with lustrous, dark green foliage, it's a great deciduous shrub for planting in groups or as a hedge. In addition, the berries are edible and it's a valuable food source for wildlife!
Are you looking to get some fury friends or a decorative addition to your property? A birdbath is a great choice that’s pretty, functional, and fun! Call feathered friends to your yard with our selection of bird baths! Fill the bath with fresh water and enjoy watching all the birds congregate near your patio, garden, deck, or yard. Our high-quality bird baths are also great for adding a pop of color to your outdoor decor. The sturdy pedestal keeps the birdbath from tipping over while the ceramic construction withstands weather changes. Your yard will be the delight for humans and winged creatures alike!
Upcoming Classes & Events
Saturday, February 12, 10am - 12pm

Escape to a magical world with our guided Secret Garden Terrarium workshop experience! We’ll present terrarium soil building, design principles, and maintenance so your Secret Garden can thrive. Your instructor will guide you every step of the way as you visualize, plant, and decorate your terrarium.

This would also be a great option for a Valentine's weekend activitiy- hint, hint, wink, wink!
Fee is $60/person; includes a drink, a dessert, and all necessary materials and supplies

This class will be held in The Robin’s Nest.

Registration without payment will be disregarded.

Instructor: Debbi Barrett, FGS Plant Coach
Thursday, February 17, 6PM

Have you ever wanted to learn more about North Carolina native trees and shrubs? You’re in luck! In this class, you will learn about the benefits of planting native trees and shrubs to your landscape and bring life to your garden.

Fee is $15.00/person

This class will be held in The Robin's Nest.

Registration without payment will be disregarded.

Instructor: Julia Fernandez, Garden Center Manager
Landscape Design and Installation
Spring Seasonal Garden Center Associates

For Garden's Sake is looking for new faces to join our team this spring season! If you like to work hard and have fun at the same time, these positions could be for you! Eager to learn? No experience necessary!

We are hiring in three areas: Cashier, Plant Care Associates, and Plant Coaches. If you are interested in any of these positions, we would love to meet you! We will be hosting a Job Fair on February 4 from 10am-2pm and on February 5 from 8am-11am.

CLICK HERE to see the position descriptions and to sign up for a job fair spot!

Please note this is a seasonal position lasting from early spring to early summer.
Landscape Design and Installation
You should love the way your home looks. If you don't, it's time for a makeover! No matter the size or layout of your property, we can come up with a plan to help you make the most of your space and enhance its aesthetic appeal. Share your vision and we’ll show you the outdoor space you’ve always imagined.

Plant Tip of the Week: February Lawn and Garden Tips
Spring is on the horizon, and you have probably started to see the greenery of spring bulbs start to peek out. It is time to start preparing your space and tools for the approaching spring. Check out this blog post to see what you can do this month in your lawn and garden!
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