A Note from Scott and Marsha
May 14, 2020
I hope this finds everyone basking in the glorious sunshine and weather this week! We had a wonderful weekend at the Garden Center. Outside of dragging plants inside again with the frigid temperatures, it was still beautiful. Yes, what the heck was that extreme temperature drop in May? Insert audible growl here.  

Speaking of dragging plants in, we can't brag enough about our people ... our tribe ... our gnomes ... our magical unicorns. To describe the amount of dedication, perseverance, teamwork and all-out awesomeness our garden center staff has demonstrated for two months now... it can't be put into words (SIDE NOTE: not all of them are pictured here) . And I certainly can't squeeze anyone to show my gratitude. It would be like squeezing the stuffing out of your favorite animal. Do you know that feeling when your loved one does something that is so amazing or adorable that you burst with pride deep down in your soul and then you grab them and hug them with tears? That is how we feel. That's the only way I know how to describe them. I just love them to pieces. Literal pieces. 

Speaking of pieces, do you remember when I was walking around with my backpack full of rocks? And I said my response to Doug was brilliant? So about that. We have a jar of Skittles candy in the office for everyone to share (before March 15th mind you) and I decided to put them to good use. Doug had left that afternoon before me, so I utilized my time wisely. I took the jar of Skittles and hid Skittles in his jacket pockets, his headphones, under his folders on his clipboard, in the tubes of his trace paper and everywhere I could find to basically booby trap his office. I was laughing out loud the entire time. Then I called Viridian, told her what I did, and we were both crying with laughter.

The next morning, he arrives and I hear him moving around and click-a-clack-click. I hear the dropping of candy .... on the desk ... on the floor .... it was awesome to say the least. What I loved most though was his response. There wasn't one. He is so stubborn he refused to say a word to me about it. But later he did come into my office eating Skittles from his jacket pocket, and we just death stared each other. Seriously. Siblings. Baaaahahahahaha! 

Maybe you need to prank someone or booby trap their office. You should prank them with plants; living things that bring great joy, fresh oxygen and raise their spirits! If that doesn't work, give them a puppy or kitten. We don't have puppies and kittens, but we do have the green things part down here along with an amazing team to help you find the perfect "gift" for someone special! And while you are here, you can't squeeze the staff, but you can tell them how amazing they are!   They deserve all the KUDOS this spring!  
Our features this week are for the butterflies! Did you know that many butterfly species are in danger due to lack of habitats? Monarch butterflies are especially in danger. Their population has dropped more than 95%! You can help save the butterflies by planting a butterfly garden. We have many butterfly attracting and loving plants in stock this weekend. We also have planting tips in our Butterfly Garden blog post . Our associates are ready to point you in the right direction if you are ready to get planting! Fly in soon! :)
Well, the name is a dead giveaway. Butterflies love this! Butterfly bushes planted in full sun will bloom beautifully summer through fall. We have many colors and varieties including purple, lavender, pink and white. Larger varieties can grow as tall as 8 feet, but there are also dwarf varieties that only grow to about 3 feet. Our associates can help you choose the best variety for you! Plan to cut your bush way back in late winter, and it will amaze you with new growth later in the spring!
Agastache has leaves that have a lovely mint-like fragrance that you and butterflies will enjoy. The colorful and prolific blooms also attract hummingbirds. Agastache will perform best when planted in full sun and well-drained soil. While they may still grow in part-shade, they will not bloom as well. Agastache grows between 2 and 4 feet tall. We have a few varieties arriving this week including 'Blue Fortune' and 'Kudos Gold'.
This long blooming lovely perennial is a favorite of gardeners and butterflies alike. It is a must-have for a butterfly garden. Like other butterfly friendly plants, Echinacea performs best in full sun. Leave spent blooms for the birds to enjoy. Choose from many colors--pink, red, orange, yellow, white and occasionally we have the 'Rainbow Marcella' which is a pink center that fades to yellow.
If your lawn or garden has an area needing a few (or many) steps, you will love the look of treadstone stairs. They provide a natural look that will mesh beautifully with your terrain. Treadstones are practical and will withstand any weather conditions. Pair your stairway with perfect plantings, or with other stone and boulders accents like you see here. Our designer would love to create the perfect solution for your landscape. Request a consultation today !
Chirba Chirba Dumpling Food Truck will be here this Saturday from 11-2. You can grab all the plants you need, and then grab DELICIOUS dumplings to-go to enjoy at home. They are requesting pre-orders, and you can place your order using Street Food Finder here . You can also visit our website for more information.

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.
Have you completed your May to do list yet? If not, don't miss this blog post to find your list.

In case you missed it earlier, we are featuring butterfly friendly plants and have all the tips for planting your best butterfly garden here .
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