As I peer into my Casual Crystal Ball to see the outdoor living trends for 2018, I see more hues of blue and gray than I have ever seen in previous years. Did you know the hues of color we use at work, at home, on our patio and in the yard can change our moods and influence our everyday habits!

Al's Video Tip

Our clothing buyer, Candace, gives us a sneak peek at some of the trends and styles we will be featuring at our Ladies Night Out fashion show.

Onions are one of the easiest vegetables to grow. A member of the Allium family, onion plants can be started from seed, seedlings, or onion sets. Onion sets eliminate a lot of guess work, and is one of the easiest methods of planting onions. We recommend onion sets because they are perfect for the home gardener as they produce onions for immediate use and for storage.

shamrocks

In many cultures around the world, the number 3 has sacred powers. That can be demonstrated by the use of shamrocks in Irish culture. Legend tells the story of St. Patrick using a shamrock to teach the Druid people of Ireland about the Holy Trinity of the Catholic faith. The Druids believe that shamrocks had magical powers, and the ability to drive away evil spirits.

With their wide array of colors, pansies and violas are an easy way to add spring hues to your yard and garden. They have a long blooming time, so you will enjoy them all spring long. Line walkways, or use them in your early spring containers. Their abundant blooms will really make your containers sing!

dormant echinacea in a pot

What can you plant now that will give you a jump start on spring in your garden? Dormant perennials are a great answer. They might not look like much now, but dormant perennials allow you to take full advantage of these cool early spring months.  By planting dormant perennials or shrubs, you are encouraging their root systems to grow strong, resulting in bigger more beautiful plants this spring.

roses

There are so many ways to use roses in your garden and landscape, as they really are great problem solvers. You may need a little privacy, or just a spot of color – roses can do that! You may have a small space and need to “go vertical” – roses can do that! If you need to cover up that ugly utility box – roses can do that!

Quince growing on a tree

When it comes to Bare Root Fruit Trees -- we've got you covered.  The following is a list of just some of the fruit trees that we are proudly offering in 2018.  We select only the best varieties of locally grown fruit trees to ensure that your home orchard, however big or small, is ultimately successful.

A healthy apple tree

Keep a look out for those sun breaks during these last weeks of winter so you can seize an opportunity to properly take care of your fruit trees. Applying a dormant spray during the winter months helps control bacterial blight and fungal diseases before they can even start to take hold. So if you want to be enjoying disease-free fruit later this summer, you'll need to do a little preventative maintenance now.

Close-up of a Bird's Nest Fern

Now that the Christmas tree has been taken down until next year, that space may be looking a little barren and forlorn. What a better way to liven up your dwelling, especially during these winter months, than by adding some simple houseplants.