Green Circle Growers Blog

Science Proves Flowers Have Power to Boost Mood

Green Circle Growers - Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Feeling depressed? Anxious? Overstressed? Stop by your local garden center and pick up a pot of posies. A new study on the emotional impact of flowers by behavioral researchers at Rutgers University in New Jersey proves scientifically what we know empirically: Flowers make us feel good! Rutgers researchers found that flowers have a remarkable power to improve emotional health. Simply being in the presence of flowers was found to elevate mood significantly, measurably increase feelings of life satisfaction, and promote positive social behavior. That’s a lot of power for a pot of pansies, or Viola Wittrockiana, the happy-faced flower’s scientific name. more

Pansies Good Choice for Changeable Spring Weather

Green Circle Growers - Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Freezing winds and snow flurries one day, sunny skies with balmy 60-degree temperatures the next. The unpredictability of spring weather is hard on growing plants. Bulbs are one of the few flowers hardy enough to survive Mother Nature’s mercurial spring temperament. Daffodils (Narcissus) and Tulips grow and sprout on warm days, sending tender green shoots poking through the ground. When a blast of cold or late snow freezes the garden, bulbs hold steady and wait it out until the next burst of warmth starts them growing again. more

Create an Easter Eggshell Garden

Green Circle Growers - Tuesday, April 19, 2011

This Easter turn some of your colored eggs into a charming Easter Eggshell Garden. The perfect kid-friendly project; these mini gardens will make a delightful Easter centerpiece. When the weather warms, plant them, eggshell and all, in your garden. more

Rejuvenate Garden Beds With Fall Favorites

Green Circle Growers - Friday, September 11, 2009

As fall approaches, lush summer gardens seem to lose their luster. Gone to seed are the once-bright Echinacea (coneflower). All that's left of the Petunias is a leggy tangle of twisted vines. Barren stalks protrude from the earth where blossoms used to bounce on the breeze. But it's too early to give up on Mother Nature. There's still life left in your garden; it just needs a little rejuvenation. Revitalize your fall garden by adding some lovely late-blooming flowers, a few decorative grasses and exotic ornamentals. more

Late Summer Blooms Need Extra TLC

Green Circle Growers - Saturday, September 05, 2009

As we swelter through the final days of August, it's easy to give up on the few heat-bowed flowers still struggling in the garden and turn our thoughts to fall gardening chores and cooler weather. more