A Note from Scott and Marsha
March 11, 2021
Hello, warm temps, sunshine and dry days! Are you loving it as much as we are? We were all feeling deep despair and suffering the blues while it felt like forty days and forty nights of rain.  We certainly needed some cheering up in the office! 
A new update on how the Office Therapists are doing. Edison is done growing and settling into his daily routine of running the backyard finding all the mud puddles with the Noah-like flooding we have had. I have decided he has spent more time in the garden tub than I have, minus the lavender and eucalyptus salts of course. He keeps an eye on the parking lot and eager to let us know when someone has arrived. And he hasn't had any opportunities to bolt on me.  I learned my lesson the hard way that day.  

Truman has settled in well and is growing into his role. Endless puppy kisses and snuggles are on the agenda every day. He has figured out how to open my office door with his little paws and is quite determined to escape multiple times a day to find someone to check on.  

This week, that is exactly what he did. Truman worked his way out of my office looking for me. I had gone to the bathroom, so it's like having small children hunting for you all over again. All you want is two minutes of peace and you can't have that.  

Truman was standing with his back toward AmberLeigh, our Landscape Division Admin. Let me say publicly-- AmberLeigh is a saint. She works with me every day and puts up with the endless changes that happen on a daily basis. She also works with Doug and Billy, our designers. All three of us are artistic in our own way so you can imagine that in the office. I don't know how she puts up with our team, but she does and smiles all the time. Sometimes I wonder if she is a real human. I have hardly seen her have a bad day since I've worked with her, and even then, it was like a 4 on the scale of 10. No. You can't have her either.  

Anyway ... squirrel .... back to my story. Truman was by AmberLeigh's desk and since she had an insanely busy day, she needed some therapy. Apparently she very quietly approached Truman and bent down to scoop him up. What she didn't realize was the electric current she had running through her because she scooped and ZAP! She shocked Truman, who then shocked her, by peeing on her hands!  Let's just say AmberLeigh was laughing so hard that I thought she may have more than wet hands! It was hilarious and Truman was so confused by the shock!  

Keep this in mind the next time you decide to sneak up on someone. I can also tell you to keep this in mind after you have watered your houseplants because sometimes I move mine too soon and they pee on my hands. And you know what? For some reason, I never get mad! Oh, the joy those beautifully growing, green, oxygen-giving, little, green-leaved lives give to us. One plant turns to 2 plants which turns to 10 then 40. And we haven't even hit spring yet with blooming perennials, annuals, shrubs and trees. Can't stop, won't stop. #worthit 
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Garden Center Features
Pitcher plants are taking the houseplant stage this week! There are varieties that are grown both indoors and out. Their unique "pitchers" are what appeal to most people who love these plants. They are full of a sweet-scented liquid that attracts bugs--yes, they are carnivorous plants. Keep them where they can receive bright, indirect light. Soil should stay moist, but not wet.
Osteospermum, also known as 'African Daisies' are some of the first annual bloomers of spring. They can generally handle some of the colder temps of spring better than other annuals. They will bloom happily until temperatures are hot, but they are a great choice for adding annual color to your garden or containers in early spring.
Lemon-lime Nandina is a great choice for that pop of lime-green color in the garden or landscape. It stays relatively small, only growing to 4' tall and wide. It is evergreen, deer-resistant, and doesn't require pruning. While there are some invasive Nandina varieties, this cutie is not one of those! :)
The Potting Shed is BACK!
While you shop this weekend, you can grab a cold beer, mimosa, glass of wine or a Sunset Slush Italian Ice to enjoy! For a more adult version, try the Sunset Slush with a moscato or champagne pour over...FUN AND YUM!

The Potting Shed will be open on Saturday and Sunday this week, at 12PM with last call at 4:30PM.
Happy, Healthy Houseplants – Level 2
Spring Container Class
Bring joy and color to your outdoor space by creating a one-of a kind container that will last all summer! FGS Plant Coach, Debbi Barrett will cover the thrill, fill, spill technique and discuss other design tips to create a gorgeous container! You will also learn tips for how to best care for your container to keep it thriving through the hot summer months!
Fee includes instruction and everything you need to design your own 12 in. pot–annuals, soil, and the pot! 
Class fee: $45
Click on the class dates and times above to register.

Current COVID-19 restrictions and practices will be observed for all classes.
Food Trucks are BACK!
We have food trucks here every weekend in March! Grab a cold drink from The Potting Shed, spot under the willow tree, and we are pretty sure you have the perfect afternoon!
This Weekend:
Greek Street Food
Sat. 3/13, 11am-3pm
Roasted and Toasted
Yummy breakfast items
Sun. 3/14, 10am-1pm
Plant Tip of the Week:
Your houseplants will love you more if you don't water them with water straight from the tap. They generally don't love the chemicals that come with tap water. But don't feel like you need to go out and buy distilled water for your plants. Just leave tap water to sit out for 24 hours before watering, and most of those chemicals will have evaporated.
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