Green Circle Growers Blog

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

Bring Christmas Cactus into Light to Promote Holiday Blooming

Green Circle Growers - Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Commonly used as Christmas trees in hot southern climates that are too warm to nurture traditional Christmas pines, the Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera) makes a beautiful stand-in for the Scotch and White Pines we North Americans decorate during the Christmas season. Around Christmas time, bell-shaped red flowers sprout from the tips of the plant’s flat, branching green leaves, creating a colorful, natural decoration that needs no embellishment.  ...read more

Gardening Focus Shifts Indoors as Winter Approaches

Green Circle Growers - Tuesday, November 30, 2010

With freezing nights and the first snow flurries heralding the approach of winter, it’s time to shift your gardening focus indoors. Indoor plants stir memories of sweetly-scented summer air, making the journey through the coming cold, dark months a little brighter. A gentle reminder that spring will return, indoor plants warm winter rooms with a soothing wash of verdant green, providing a pleasant counterpoint to the stark winter landscape outside your kitchen window. ...read more