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The Cyclamen - Not Just a Pretty Face!

  A member of the primrose family, the pretty cyclamen grows around the Mediterranean and is a winter-flowering plant. With delicate silvery-green markings on their heart-shaped leaves, and butterfly-like upswept petals, this unique and beautiful flower adds colour and splendor to the colder months.  The name ‘cyclamen’ is derived from the Greek ‘kuklos’, meaning ‘circle’, probably due to the round tuber from which the leaves, flowers and roots grow. In most species, leaves come up in the fall, grow through the winter, and then die in spring. The plant then becomes dormant through the hot summer and then the cycle begins again. Cyclamens prefer cooler conditions but are not frost-hardy. Water only when the soil just below the surface is...

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Spring Bulbs

There are piles of snow on the ground and with more to come (UGH!), along with very cold temperatures it’s time to think SPRING! . The good news is we will be saying goodbye to Winter and an official hello to Spring on Wednesday March 20th.  Until we see the tulips and daffodils popping their heads through the soil outside, we’ve got the perfect fix, a beautiful bulb planter! What better way to celebrate the Spring than tulips, hyacinths, crocus and muscari blooming in your home or office? Caring for your bulbs is easy! Place the bulb planter in a cool location that receives bright, indirect light. Keep soil moist but not saturated. Remove flowers as they fade. After all...

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