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Holiday Plants that Endanger Pets: Separating Fact from Fiction

Green Circle Growers - Tuesday, January 04, 2011

In American, we consider our pets to be part of our family. Most of us include a package for Fido or Muffy when we place family presents under the Christmas tree. To keep pets safe during the holidays, owners should watch for potential hazards, including some popular holiday plants. Veterinarians say few holiday plants are toxic enough to cause serious illness, but it’s wise to keep certain holiday plants out of your pets’ reach. Here’s a helpful guide to the toxicity of common holiday plants: more

How to Care for Holiday Poinsettias

Green Circle Growers - Wednesday, December 22, 2010

You know it’s Christmastime when Poinsettias, also called Euphorbia, arrive at your local garden center. Known as the Christmas Star for its star-shaped petals, the poinsettia plant is native to Mexico and Central America where it grows as a shrub or small tree that can reach heights of 2 to 16 feet. The poinsettia plant’s, pointed, bright red “flowers” are actually elongated, modified leaves called bracts. The actual flowers, or cyathia, are quite tiny and can be found hidden in small clusters among the bright yellow structures in the center of each leaf clump. more

Beautiful Plants Make Thoughtful Holiday Gifts

Green Circle Growers - Tuesday, December 21, 2010

There are only 3 more shopping days until Christmas! If you’re starting to panic, take a deep breath and “say it with flowers.” Indoor plants make a wonderfully thoughtful holiday gift that will continue to delight recipients long after the holidays are over. While everyone else rushes from store to store fighting holiday traffic and dodging harried shoppers, you can complete all of your holiday shopping in a single leisurely trip to your local garden center. By giving seasonal plants to everyone on your holiday gift list you can even avoid one of the least-liked holiday chores – gift wrapping. Wrapped in their own lush green leaves and decorated with colorful blossoms, indoor plants come in a stunning natural gift wrap that will make your gifts stand out under the tree on Christmas morning. more

Decorate Your Home with Holiday Poinsettias

Green Circle Growers - Friday, December 17, 2010

Poinsettias in the home are an American holiday tradition. The stunning contrast of the Poinsettia’s brilliant red “flowers” (actually modified leaves called bracts) clustered above a bounty of deep green leaves beautifully showcase the season’s most festive colors: traditional Santa-suit red and snowy white. more

This Holiday, Say It with Flowers

Green Circle Growers - Wednesday, December 08, 2010

If you dread tramping through the malls searching for that elusive “perfect” gift, if distracted drivers and rude shoppers sap your holiday spirit, if you want to rein in holiday spending and stay within your budget this year, the perfect solution is waiting for you at your local garden center. more