Green Circle Growers Blog

3 Steps to Creating Perfect Flower Arrangements

Green Circle Growers - Tuesday, August 02, 2011

A beautifully-arranged vase of fresh-cut flowers is a delightful way to bring a bit of your summer garden indoors. Now in full bloom, summer gardens are filled with a wonderful variety of flowers in every size, shape and color that are perfect for cutting. When cutting flowers for indoor display, most gardeners keep it simple. They fill a vase with a single flower such as cheerful, brightly-colored Gerbera Daisies. Or they cut an armful of fragrant mixed flowers and plop them unceremoniously into a vase to create a free-spirited, freeform display. Both are effective ways to showcase cut flowers from your garden; but you can create far more dramatic floral displays by employing three basic flower-arranging techniques. ...read more

Vacation Care for Hanging Baskets, Containers and Houseplants

Green Circle Growers - Friday, July 29, 2011

When you go on vacation, your plants will suffer unless you make arrangements for plant care while you are away from home. In our previous post, we discussed vacation care for outdoor garden plants; but you’ll also need to make vacation arrangements to protect container plantings, hanging baskets and indoor plants. Container-grown plants are far more exposed to the dangerous drying effects of heat and evaporation than garden plants. Constantly bombarded by summer heat on all sides, the soil in containers and hanging baskets dries out quickly. Even in only mildly hot weather, container-grown plants rely on daily watering for the moisture they need to grow and thrive.  ...read more

Going on Vacation? Make Sure Your Garden Is Ready

Green Circle Growers - Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Summer vacations are wonderful for gardeners but not so wonderful for their gardens. While you’re spending a delightful week or two at the beach or in the mountains, your garden is on its own and at the mercy of the elements. If the weather is mild and rainfall is consistent while you’re away, your garden should manage just fine without daily ministrations. You’ll have a few more weeds to pull and some deadheading to catch up on, but well-established plants can tolerate a week or two of mild neglect. However, with the dog days of summer nearly upon us, the weather while you’re away is likely to be broiling hot and desert dry. To protect the investment you’ve made in your garden – not to mention the sweat equity you’ve poured into your little piece of heaven -- you’ll want to add a few garden care chores to your vacation to-do list to ensure that when you return from your travels your garden will be just as beautiful as it was when you left.  ...read more

Plants that Are Made for the Shade

Green Circle Growers - Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Most gardeners find shady areas a challenge to plant. Hostas, also known as Plantian Lilies, are a popular choice for shady garden spots. The green hues and variegated patterns of this leafy plant make an attractive filler under mature shade trees and along shadowy garden paths. Hardy ferns are another group of shade-loving plants that usually spring to mind when gardeners shop for plants that require minimal sunlight. But when planting a shade garden, gardeners need not limit themselves to these two popular standbys. There are quite a few shade-tolerant plants available at local garden centers that can bring a delightful variety of color and texture to shade plantings.  ...read more

How to Protect Yourself from Poison Ivy

Green Circle Growers - Wednesday, July 13, 2011

An encounter with poison ivy while gardening can lead to weeks of itchy misery. (See our previous post on how to identify poison ivy.) All parts of the poison ivy plant -- leaves, stem, roots and berries -- are poisonous to humans. Allergic reaction is caused by urushiol, a caustic chemical in the plant’s sap. Gardeners rarely react to their first poison ivy exposure. However, even the slightest contact with urushiol stimulates the production of antibodies that provoke an allergic reaction during subsequent exposures. ...read more

Watch Out for Poison Ivy in Garden

Green Circle Growers - Monday, July 11, 2011

An enjoyable day of gardening can turn nasty if you encounter poison ivy while weeding between the Gerbera Daisies (Gerbera) and Petunias or behind the Hydrangeas. Poison ivy’s blistering rash may not erupt until the next day, but by then the damage is done and you’ll be in for a miserable week or two of intense itching. The best way to avoid the misery that poison ivy brings is to know what this poisonous plant looks like and how to safely remove it from your garden. ...read more

Pruning Clematis Produces Showier Display

Green Circle Growers - Thursday, June 30, 2011

Large palm-sized blooms in vibrant purples, pinks and bright whites set against a background of thick green foliage; Clematis provides a stunning garden display from spring through fall. Trained to a trellis, this flower-covered vining plant adds color and visual interest to blank exterior walls. When planted to twine up a patio fence, the flower-laden tendrils of this attractive vine create a dramatic natural screen. A clematis-covered pergola can provide an enchanting entrance to a well-planted garden or can be used to create a quiet oasis of shady seclusion along a sheltered garden path. ...read more

Columbus Park Inducted into Rose Garden Hall of Fame

Green Circle Growers - Monday, June 27, 2011

The Columbus Park of Roses in Columbus, Ohio was recognized as one of the world’s outstanding rose gardens last weekend when it was inducted into the Great Rosarians of the World Rose Garden Hall of Fame. The Park of Roses has the distinct honor of being the first garden in the U.S. Midwest to be selected for inclusion in the international Rose Garden Hall of Fame. The Central Ohio park joins an elite company of the world’s most famous gardens, including world-renowned rose gardens in the U.S., United Kingdom, Canada, France, Belgium and Germany. ...read more

Garden Pals Boost Vegetable Flavor

Green Circle Growers - Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Like peanut butter and jam, some things just taste better together. Melding flavors by pairing foods elevates the taste experience to new heights. Gardeners have discovered that the taste blending usually performed in the kitchen can also be accomplished in the garden. Planting vegetables with complementary herbs in the same garden bed not only augments the flavor of the vegetables, it can have the added benefit of warding off problematic insects. Called companion planting, the tried-and-true gardening method is gaining new attention from organic gardeners and home gardeners concerned about pesticide use.  ...read more

Think Flowers for Father’s Day

Green Circle Growers - Thursday, June 16, 2011

Every Father’s Day, it’s the same old dilemma. Do you give dad ties or tools? Fishing lures or golf balls? Grill accessories or car wax? Like every other year, dad will smile and say thank you, trying not to sigh as he stows the new items away with the dozens he’s already accumulated from past Father’s Days, birthdays and Christmases. What is it about shopping for dads that keeps us so narrowly focused on the same tired gift list we’ve been using for decades? Tools, ties and car stuff have been the staples of the male gift list since your great-grandfather’s day.  ...read more