A Note from Scott and Marsha
August 6, 2020
Seeing as we are now into August and officially beyond the halfway point for 2020 (thank God), we are considering shifting gears from green to orange and red. There will always, ALWAYS be room for green though. We keep telling ourselves if we focus on the next season, this means the heat will pass and we can all kiss 2020 goodbye. It simply can't come soon enough.  

Recently, we hosted an herb class and unfortunately, I missed it. What I missed was an amazing dip and educational information from Aurora concerning the care and benefits/uses of herbs straight from the garden. This year, I planted more herbs than ever and it is seriously addicting. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Walking outside to pull what you need from the garden is essential and brings a feeling of success.  

Because the class was so well-received, we look forward to holding many more. I, personally, am a hands-on learner. Lynn learned how to make the dip for the class with Aurora's instructions, and it was the simplest thing. We thought we would share the recipe with you. Everyone loved it!  
Goat Cheese and Herb Dip

One log of fresh goat cheese
A really good Extra Virgin Olive Oil 
2-3 cloves of fresh pressed garlic
Fresh Rosemary, chopped fine (1-2 Tbsp)
Dried Tarragon (1/2-1 tsp)
Dried Marjoram (1/2-1 tsp)
Cracked Pepper

Soften the goat cheese and blend in olive oil until you reach a smooth consistency that can be spread. Yes, it will feel like you are using a lot of olive oil. But keep adding until it's nice and smooth. Blend in your spices to your desired taste!  

Serve with crackers, bread or anything scrumptious that might be your favorite.  
What could possibly be better than this? How about a medicinal herb class? We have one in the works. We will have lots of herbs to continue enjoying through fall, and some that can be brought inside when the temperatures start to change. But we still have months and months to enjoy our gardens. Fall gardening is seriously right around the corner along with all things orange! See you in the garden soon!  
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You have likely seen this week's houseplant pick in magazines or social media posts focusing on design. Ficus Lyrata, or Fiddle Leaf Fig, as it is commonly known, is loved for the large dark green leaves and tree or bush-like shape. We currently have a few in 10 inch and 14 inch pots, as well as 6 inch. The Fiddle Leaf Fig is a perfect accent in a large room. They need bright, indirect light and like to dry out most of the way between watering. Keep them out of drafty locations!
The foliage on this low growing shrub (or groundcover) is simply amazing. Its evergreen variegated white, pink and green leaves will delight you all year. If that is not enough, this beauty also blooms white, fragrant flowers in the summer. Snow-N-Summer can tolerate a variety of light conditions--from full sun to part shade. Use it as a gorgeous groundcover, trailing accent in a container, or on a fence or trellis to behave like a vine. You can't go wrong with this specimen!
If you need a tree for your porch or patio, an excellent choice is the Peve Minaret Dwarf Bald Cypress. The foliage is quite unique for a cypress, so it should be an excellent talking point in addition to a stunning specimen. You can plant it in the ground, but it will also be happy in a container, which is part of what we love about this little tree. Wherever you plant it, keep it well watered and make sure it receives plenty of sun. It only grows to about 6 feet tall! Just gorgeous!
Tropical Tuesdays
Every Tuesday in August
Save 10% on any of our houseplants on every Tuesday in August! Our next Tropical Tuesday is August 11! We are open 9AM-5PM.

Saturday, September 5, 10:00am-11:30am
Familiarize yourself with pruning techniques to keep your plants looking their best and promote healthy growing habits. Learn three simple ways to propagate popular indoor plants. Everyone is welcome to bring a plant from home in need of pruning. The cost of this class is $15 and each participant will receive a pair of pruning shears.
Presenter: Debbi Barrett/FGS Register here today!

Click HERE for more information about all the classes and workshops we have coming up this fall!
Have your houseplants grown a lot during these summer months? If you want to repot your houseplants, we suggest doing it sooner rather than later. You really don't want to repot during the fall and winter months. For houseplant repotting tips, this post is what you need!

August is here and there is plenty to get done in the lawn and garden. If you missed it last week, here is your garden to do list for the month.All you need to do in the lawn and garden in August is included.
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