Are You Ready for the Reset?

Are You Ready for the Reset?

There is no denying it, things are changing. As I write this, tiny snowflakes are flying through the air. Last Friday I worked outside with one of my crews and had on five layers of clothing and winter gloves. The leaves have fallen off the trees and all of the sudden I am seeing evergreens and berries everywhere. I have made a couple of giant grapevine wreaths and will be covering them with tiny white lights and putting them on timers at home and at Natureworks to help light up the late afternoon and evening hours. The first thing I do when I get home and relax is light candles. We need light now. We need houseplants. We need life inside our homes.

I light candles every night now. We sell Mole Hollow candles that are made in New England and dripless. 

Have you made your Thanksgiving plans yet? Yes, it is two weeks away! We can help you with all-natural arrangements, creative tablescapes, and thoughtful hostess gifts.

Just wait until you come for a visit. We have basically hit the RESET button at Natureworks! The only outdoor plants on our benches are evergreens and colorful berry bushes. We have just gotten in lots of little evergreens to use in windowboxes and porch pots. We have some living spruces in case you want to have a real Christmas tree in your home this year and plant it outside later. The greenhouse is now the Design Studio. By the weekend we should have all of the ribbon racks filled, the berries and cones sorted into baskets, and be creating porch pots and cemetery pots as fast as our fingers will fly. 

Inside the shop, everything has changed. We have lots of pretty pots and houseplants, succulents, cacti, and succulent pumpkin arrangements. There are ornaments and fun gift items everywhere. There is one last rack of outdoor bulbs and a huge display of indoor bulbs such as jumbo Amaryllis and paperwhite narcissus. Did you see our video last Thursday on the many different ways to grow Amaryllis bulbs?
Click Here to link to this video which is on our YouTube channel. We also put the same video up on Facebook every Thursday at 4 pm but have switched the way we film it because we found the sound was better on YouTube and some folks don’t use Facebook and were missing out on these weekly teaching videos. Now everyone can access them! 

We have jumbo Amaryllis bulbs and last week’s video will teach you many ways to grow them and how to care for them after they finish blooming. 

This Saturday I am teaching a REALLY fun class- Make a Winter Porch Pot. This is a

hands-on workshop where you will design a pot filled with freshly harvested greens, and berries. I will then teach you to make a bow (or make one for you!) and embellish it with cones and colorful twigs. There are just a few spots left. Register today with a friend (details below). Meanwhile, I will spend my Friday up on a ladder harvesting greens from my home landscape. I have been growing evergreens and berry bushes for over 15 years and it is so exciting to finally be able to supply such unusual, varied plant material for not only this workshop, but also for our design work for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

I love to harvest my orange winterberries for our Thanksgiving arrangements. You also see our own Sciadopitys (Japanese umbrella pine), inkberry (Ilex glabra) and andromeda (Pieris) in with the flowers.

I have some exciting news! I have helped to plan a truly wonderful CT Horticultural Society Winter Conference coming up on February 1st, 2020. It is at the Mark Twain House in Hartford, a lovely venue. The speakers are top notch. My dear friend Mike Nadeau is giving the keynote. He is one of the most inspirational men I know, and helped to put together the CT NOFA Organic Landcare Certification Course that I teach twice a year. Roy Diblik, author of The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden, will be giving two workshops! I love this man, have seen him speak, and am fascinated by his way of gardening. Finally, Lisa Mason Zeigler, and organic flower farmer from Virginia, will be speaking about growing flowers and food together. Can you tell I had an influence on these choices??? Anyway, the venue only holds 165 people and signups have started coming in so I suggest you Click Here, go to the CHS website, read all about it, and register today. 

CT grown Red Bee Honey is available at Natureworks in November and December

Speaking of the CT Horticultural Society, I am thrilled to see that C. Marina Marchese, owner of Red Bee Honey, is speaking next week at their monthly meeting. Saving the Bees: The Sweet Life of a Beekeeping Entrepreneur, will take place on 

Thursday, November 21, 2019, 7 p.m. Click Here to view the details. We LOVE Red Bee honey and have been carrying it in our gift shop for quite a few years. Natureworker Leslie Martino went to a honey tasting at Red Bee and got a signed copy of Marchese’s book. Look at the different flavors we carry: blueberry, holly, cranberry, goldenrod, and wildflower! Imagine that! So sweet, what a nice gift.

We are so grateful to be enjoying a very successful, very happy 36th year in business. It is hard for me to believe that it has been over three decades that we have made the transition from outdoor landscaping to designing and creating centerpieces, wreaths, swags, and porch pots at this time of year. Watching not only my own harvest of greens and berries grow, but also watching my staff grow and learn and evolve is one of the gifts of being the owner of Natureworks. Without you, my loyal customers, it wouldn’t be possible. Thank you for supporting us, cheering us on, Inspiring us,  spreading the word, and helping us to be an important part of your local community.  

See you VERY soon…

It’s time to enjoy our cute ornaments again. Check out these, fuzzy little guys. Don’t they just make you smile?

 

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P.S.
   Starting next week,Natureworks will be open 7 days a week thru December 23rd! Yay! This will give everyone plenty of opportunity to stop in many times throughout the Thanksgiving and Christmas season to shop, sip hot mulled cider, and relax. 

Save the dates! We are having Santa come twice this year. We are celebrating Green Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Open House weekend. See the Calendar of Events below, gather up your children, grandchildren, friends, and relatives, and spend some time soaking up the natural beauty of the season with us.