Green Circle Growers Blog

Create a Butterfly Garden in Your Backyard

Green Circle Growers - Thursday, June 07, 2012

Watching a butterfly flit through your garden is one of summer’s delightful pleasures. As these delicate creatures alight on a flower blossom and slowly fan their wings, you have but seconds to admire their striking coloration before they take flight again. If you find yourself mesmerized by these beautiful insects, you can encourage them to visit your backyard by creating a butterfly garden. ...read more

Fall Garden Clean Up Makes for Healthy Spring Garden

Green Circle Growers - Friday, November 19, 2010

Jack Frost has finally danced his chilly fingers through the garden gate and blown his frozen breath over those hardy late bloomers. The first frost turns gardens into a magical fairy land. Heuchera, also known as coral bells, acquire an icy white rim, and Asters appear to have been dipped in diamond dust, so brightly do they sparkle in the first rays of the sun. Unfortunately, the magic doesn’t last long. Heat from the rising sun quickly melts those frosty crystals, leaving behind a sodden mess.  ...read more

Fall Is the Time to Stock Up on Perennial Flowers

Green Circle Growers - Wednesday, September 08, 2010

One of the delights of planting perennial flowers like Echinacea (Echinacea, also Coneflower) and Gaillardia (Gaillardia, also Blanket Flower) in your garden is that they return every year to bloom anew. The purchase of perennial flowers such as Coreopsis (Coreopsis, also Thickseed) or Leucanthemum (Leucanthemum, also Shasta Daisy) from your local garden center adds beautiful color and fragrant blooms to your garden, providing years of enjoyment. Gardeners have a particular fondness for easy-care perennials because they thrive with so little effort. Unlike annuals, perennial plants do not die or require re-planting every year. As their name implies, perennials continue to live and thrive in your garden year after year. ...read more

Harvest Garden Seeds for Winter Birds

Green Circle Growers - Tuesday, August 31, 2010

As fall comes closer, migrating birds will start winging their way south to warmer climates. The first Vs of Canada geese have already split Midwestern skies. Quite a few birds, however, spend their winters in Midwestern and northern states. As unlikely as it seems, among our native winter dwellers will be some birds that have traveled south from their chilly summer habitats in the northern wilds of Canada to spend their winters in the relative warmth of the snowy Midwest. ...read more

Rejuvenate Garden Beds With Fall Favorites

Green Circle Growers - Friday, September 11, 2009

As fall approaches, lush summer gardens seem to lose their luster. Gone to seed are the once-bright Echinacea (coneflower). All that's left of the Petunias is a leggy tangle of twisted vines. Barren stalks protrude from the earth where blossoms used to bounce on the breeze. But it's too early to give up on Mother Nature. There's still life left in your garden; it just needs a little rejuvenation. Revitalize your fall garden by adding some lovely late-blooming flowers, a few decorative grasses and exotic ornamentals.  ...read more