What’s Budding

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After The Storm

Hurricanes can have a devastating effect on plants as well as people. The vast majority of tropical plants we use indoors are grown in two areas of Florida. The large plants and trees, and most of the materials grown in 10” pots and larger are produced on the east coast in a narrow strip of farms from Miami down to the top of the Keys. Small plants 2”-6” and some hanging baskets, are grown in the Apopka area, not far from Orlando.

The immense size of hurricane Irma and the breadth of her reach has meant damage and power outages across the state of Florida, with some damage in virtually every region. Some of the nursery farms we rely on lost entire structures and significant crops, while some experienced flooding. Salt water is very damaging to many plants. As we made contact with growers, shippers, brokers and other interiorscapers we were relieved to find our Florida friends have not lost family members or staff members, but most have had some economic impact.

Some species of tropical plants were already in short supply. Shortages will be worse now, for at least 6-12 months. Prices will be pushed higher, and we will be using substitutions when specified plants are simply unavailable. We will keep you informed if your new project or ongoing plantscape care is affected.
Even the floral industry was briefly affected, as Miami is the air port of entry for most of the cut flowers shipped in daily from Central and South America. Fortunately those growers were not affected, and the airport has fully reopened.

Thank you for your patience as we work to source the very best plant materials as the supply chain rebuilds.

On the Green Side

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What is It? and What Do I Do?

We are happy to take a look at that sample of an insect or try to help you identify a plant from your garden from a photo you send us. Sometimes you need something more….like the M.S.U. Diagnostic Services. Located at 578 Wilson Rd on the Michigan State University campus, Plant Diagnostic services include plant identification, pest identification, plant pathogens, and nematode ID. If something is making your plant ill, they likely can identify the problem.

There is a cost for their services, but most services for homeowners are only $10 to $25.00. Contact them at 517-355-4536 or email at pestid@msu.edu for more information. Always contact them before taking or sending a sample, as they have specific requirements for how items should be stored and packaged for best results.

Digging In

Xeriscape Gardens

Xeriscaping is a style of landscape design that requires little to no irrigation or other maintenance once established. This type of design is great for areas that are susceptible to drought, or where water conservation is practiced. Many people associate the term Xeriscaping with desert landscapes, but the principals of Xeriscape design are just as useful here in the Midwest. The plants in this region need to be tough enough to survive both the deluge and the drought. There are a few basic techniques to a successful Xeriscape garden…. Read More


The Buzz

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Holiday Decor

Holiday decorating preparations are in full swing, with the Tinsel Town building nearing completion. New projects are creating excitement, and new product has been arriving for several weeks. Current clients receive updated proposals through September and into October, and new inquiries are cheerfully answered. The earlier we know what you need, the higher the likelihood that we can create the look you want, and fit the installation into the calendar. We love Christmas, and we enjoy making the season more enjoyable for you by reducing your stress! Fresh greens are cut for outdoor planters in early November, and wreaths are made on a farm nearby. Fresh arrangements are created here at the design bench, and every project is given both focus and care. Call Carol or Kathy to come see your space and discuss festive options. We are happy to store your décor off season, to free your space for other uses!