A Note from Scott and Marsha
April 30, 2020
Happy Spring to all our favorites! We have enjoyed a glorious weekend of beautiful weather in the garden. We even had an opportunity early Sunday to add more color via happy, colorful, blooming faces in our own landscape. I have an FGS logo on my car and it says, "Dig in or get out of the way!" My guys think that sounds harsh, but really? Every mom knows you either help or get out of our way. This goes for the garden, too!  

Last week, I had an epiphany. I would say most of you already do this, and I'm known to be about 6 months behind on technology, or maybe it's a year. But either way, I spend quite a bit of my time helping put together our landscape design proposals. This involves measuring lots of designs and adding up square footage for stone, mulches, sod and such. It can be quite cumbersome measuring and then doing the math on the calculator. I don't know why, but I came in super early one morning to enjoy uninterrupted time and work on estimating a design. Suddenly, it hit me.  

I said, "Hey Siri. What is 85 x 8?"  
She replied, "85 x 8 is 680."  

Wwwwwhhhhaaaaaattttttt?????  I KNOW RIGHT? What the heck? Not only that, I said, "Hey Siri. What is 680+425+720+50+150+80?" And she will say it all back and the answer, "2,105." This allows me to double check my numbers! Siri is such a help! I don't even know how to share my excitement with you. Literally, mind blown. The increased efficiency this allows me is INSANE. And when I shared it with Viridian, Angela and Doug? Three minds blown.  

Outside of my Efficiency 101 story, have you noticed the variety of trees at the garden center lately? If you haven't, you must. And know why? Let me introduce another garden center team member that is magical--Aurora (I mean, even her name is magical). Her joining our team has been a God-send. She joined us right before the madness of spring began. But there is a problem. As she is ordering trees, she keeps finding these amazing cultivars of Japanese Maples. Then, she sends pictures to Scott and Scott is obsessed with them. We could end up with a Japanese Maple and Redbud forest in our backyard. For real. I'm scared I'm going to come home one afternoon and have 8 different trees in the backyard, and we do not have a backyard for 8 trees! What I need is customer support. I need your help. You need to stop by, see these trees in person, and take them home with you before I have another crisis on my hands.  Right now, we have an "Olsen's Frosted Strawberry" Japanese Maple he is threatening to bring home. Please send help as soon as possible. 

Help stop the madness and bring your own green home. We do not have any more room for trees, annuals, tropicals, houseplants or hanging baskets at home. SCOTT? NO MORE HANGING BASKETS EITHER!  Are you listening to me?????!!!!  
We are suspending our curbside pick-up option. We know some of you have enjoyed this option, and we do appreciate your support! However, we need to put all of our resources into caring for our customers in store. We have taken multiple measures to make your shopping experience as safe as possible. Over 90% of our shopping space is outdoors, and there is plenty of room for social distancing. As always, we do offer delivery to homes within 20 miles of the Garden Center. We will not, however, be posting inventories online any more. Thank you again for your support during this time! Whew! What a blast!
Maybe you can't travel to your favorite tropical location right now, but you CAN buy gorgeous tropical plants to make you feel like you are in the tropics. Hibiscus, Mandevilla, Foxtail Ferns, and Duranta are just a few of the varieties in stock. There are many bloom and foliage colors to choose from, so you can create a tropical paradise that best suits you and your color preferences. Now that warmer temperatures are here to stay (we hope!), it is a perfect time to plant!
Plants that are native to this area are an excellent choice to add to your garden. There are some really gorgeous varieties to choose from. Arrowwood Viburnum is one of our favorites. It grows 6-8 feet tall, and produces pollinator-friendly, white, flat-topped flowers that are blooming now. They produce a black, purplish fruit that is great for birds. Native Americans used the limbs of these shrubs for arrows (hence the name) since the branches are so long and straight.
If you want tropical blooms that will return year after year, you will love perennial hibiscus. They love the sun and need to be watered well. Choose from pink, white or red blooms. You will notice the shape of the perennial hibiscus is different than the tropical hibiscus bloom. We love that they start blooming in late spring and will bloom until the fall! The foliage they produce is a gorgeous backdrop to the blooms themselves.
In addition to designing landscapes and installing beautiful plants, patios and walkways, we also install landscape lighting. Add lighting to your landscape! Outdoor lighting is an excellent way to add both beauty and safety to the exterior of your home. Lighting is practical and adds functionality to your home when its dark. Request a consultation for our design and installation services.
Due to the 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.
Now is the time to refresh your containers with new annuals to enjoy through the summer. We love the thrill, fill, spill technique . If you aren't sure what that is, or need suggestions for which plants are best, you will find what you need in this post .

If you need more general houseplant repotting tips and steps , you will enjoy this post . We tried to make the process as clear as possible. Our blog is just one way we help you care for your green at home. We are always here if you have questions!
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