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Tips for Growing Delicious Tomatoes This Season

23 May

On Today’s blog we have the pleasure of posting for guest blogger Jackie Edwards. Though we sell vegetable and herb plants already started in the garden center here at Cedar Grove Gardens  she has written an informative article on starting from seed.  Thank you Jackie!

Growing Tomatoes: Greenhouse Or Outdoors?

Growing tomatoes can be quite fulfilling. If done well, you can yield a bumper crop without having to work too hard. However, your crop’s productivity is greatly influenced by how you choose to go about the entire process. One of the things that you must consider is whether you are going to grow them outside the old fashioned way or whether you are going to use a green house. A lot has been said about both options, but both methods can work when all the proper growing procedures are adhered to in each case.

Things To Consider About Tomatoes

Being tropical plants, tomatoes require at least eight hours of sunlight every day. It is also important to note that tomatoes require soil with a pH of between 6.0 and 6.8, so if the soil in your area does not meet such requirements, you need to determine how much manure or fertilizer you will need to reach these acidity levels. Tomatoes also require at least two inches of water every week.

Growing Tomatoes Outside

If you are planning to grow tomatoes outside, you need to do so in the summer. You also need to do so in an area that gets adequate sunshine throughout the summer. It is important to consider that most tomato varieties have long growing seasons of 70 to 80 days, so it is advisable to plant the seeds 6 to 8 weeks before summer starts, and this needs to be done indoors or in a covered place away from the frost outside. As the warmth of the summer draws near, you should prepare the ground outside with a good deal of garden compost as well as a healthy helping of general purpose fertilizer. For the provision of water, you should place an adequate number of sprinklers to ensure that every plant gets its fair share of water. When transferring the seedlings, you should plant them 18 inches to 24 inches apart. You must also spray the tomatoes with the recommended pesticides. You can get more information on that from your local crop specialists.  In addition, to help to control pests, you would also do well to plant some companion plants that are known to ward off pests alongside the tomatoes. Some ideal companion plants for tomatoes include basil, chives, and mint.

Growing Tomatoes In A Greenhouse

Opting to grow the tomatoes in a greenhouse gives you the freedom to plant the tomatoes at any time because in a greenhouse the light and warmth that the tomatoes require is provided by auxiliary lights and heaters. Tomatoes requires temperatures of 21C – 24C (70F – 75F), so you must count the cost of the electricity or fuel required to keep the plants warm throughout the entire growing season. In addition, for greenhouses, it is advisable to install water lines under the soil surface for the disbursement of water. You must also have sufficient in-greenhouse water storage. It is important to note that you must create sufficient ventilation in the greenhouse because tomatoes require healthy balances of carbon dioxide and oxygen in the air around them. Adequate air circulation also helps to keep off pests and diseases.

Just breathe, breathe in the sweet flowers that is

08 May

by Janet Lee Harrold

Is it just a coincidence that we celebrate our mom’s the most beautiful time of the year? In our hurried and jam  packed schedule, am I the only one that remembers to take a moment and breathe in the beauty and many different fragrances of springtime? Over the years Mother’s day has become like most other holidays- commercialized. As a mother, I can promise you that most mother’s are not looking for expensive gifts, fancy dinners or jewelry. What most moms want to do on their special day is to spend quality time with their children, whether her children are young toddlers or grown adults, the most precious gift that you can give to your mom is something that money just can not buy.  If you live local to Cedar Grove Gardens in the Boston area, one of the most expensive places to live, Mother’s Day  doesn’t have to be expensive at all.

If the weather is in our favor, enjoy taking mom for a  walk in the south end, where a few varieties of red dogwood may still be lining the streets,  this is such a short lived season that you really don’t want to miss it. While you are there why not take a walk through the Boston Public Gardens and enjoy the sights and smells of the first public botanical gardens in America. You can expect to see mid season tulips, swan boats, trees of many colors and varieties like the beautiful chartreuse colored weeping willow trees that surround the lagoon and of course Mrs. mallard and her 8 ducklings, in fact if you time it right, you may just catch the beloved tradition that has been going on for more than 30 years “The Duckling Day Parade”  

 

Maybe you’d rather not travel in town, that’s o.k. instead inhale the perfume in the air of  the Arnold Arboretums “Lilac Sunday”   take the 45 minute tour or browse on your own, the smells are intoxicating and the views are simply breathtaking. In addition they have children’s activities on the Honeywell lawn,  among other activities, children can make a Mother’s Day card and enjoy the many vendors trucks if they get hungry.

I hope that you take the time and enjoy both the beautiful flowers that the springtime has to offer and your Mother’s company on her special day. Keep in mind that Cedar Grove Gardens is always here for you if the commercial route is the way you prefer to go, with flowers that are always fresh, unique gifts that you don’t find in the big lot stores and indoor and outdoor plants that arrive daily.

 

Let them Grow…the benefits of gardening with children

07 Apr

written by Janet Lee Harrold

Is it just me, or has anyone else noticed the rise of toddlers and young children on  electronics? The other day while visiting the doctors office, I couldn’t help but notice that there were at least 3 children, all from different families that each had their moms cell phone. I am assuming they were playing games to keep themselves busy, maybe they were unaware that there were plenty of children’s books to read on the shelf above them or they somehow missed the cleverly designed Lego station that the other kids were enjoying. I’m not judging and I know there could be a number of reasons, including medical reasons that are not visible to others why they chose to play that afternoon on their phones instead of with the other children. But the fact remains that technology is the way of the world today and it’s o.k. that my 3 year old grandson knows more about the ipad than I do. But, this season I challenge you to take the electronic free challenge approach with your kids…

o.k. maybe electronic FREE is a little ambitious but taking some time to get the kids outside in the garden, digging in the dirt this season, I promise it will have more rewards than I can even mention. A little, sun, a little soil, a little fun and a little kid might be just the right mix for a perfect growing season. Despite the fact that we live in an electronic world, let’s help our kids remain kids and encourage them to get outside more and away from the computers, ipads and smartphones. Teach them the many wonders that mother nature has to offer, it doesn’t have to cost a lot just a bit of old fashioned responsibility and imagination.  Let them reap and sow the rewards of their labor as they watch their very own garden grow. The hidden part  of the equation is that they don’t even realize the valuable lessons that they are learning. The  responsibility, nurturing and knowledge about where their food comes from is only the beginning. Start a vegetable garden and watch the smile on your child’s face when you send them out to pick a cucumber and a couple of cherry tomatoes for the evening dinner salad. If you don’t have the space for a large garden, no worries grab a pot and some cherry tomato seedlings. They’re amazingly easy to grow, and even one plant will bear a steady crop of bite-size fruits all season long!

Why not plant a kid friendly raised bed and plant colorful flowers that attract butterflies, hummingbird and other pollinators? A couple of good choices would be zinneas and marigolds. Use an organic approach-many pesticides are toxic, there is no need to use powerful poisons to protect your garden from insects and diseases.

The garden also provides a great way to teach kids about watering and planting.  Building a fairy garden with objects found around your house and yard is a great way to have fun and bring a little creativity and sense of whimsy to your garden and the kids will love it! The whimsical  addition to your outdoor space makes the perfect family project, it will keep the  kids busy everyday and actively keep their imagination growing. I feel most of the fun is in the hunt, foraging for sticks, stones, pebbles and marbles is an ongoing process, they can even paint their own frog stools or  fairy signs. Choosing a container to sprinkle your fairy dust in can be as simple as a clay pot or saucer as we have done here. On a larger scale, why not have a huge galvanized bucket that they can kneel and play at everyday?

For most children, being outside has many health benefits but actively gardening can also engage all of their senses, touching and feeling the dirt and seeds and smelling the flowers are just a few.  Because the flowers and vegetables take time to grow, watering the garden teaches children patience and responsibility. Gardening also helps to encourage healthy eating and promotes trying new and different foods. It promotes family bonding, fine motor skills and so much more, but the benefit that I like most unlike the instant gratification that our children get from technology, is the wonderment on their little faces they experience the very first time they see the tomato  ripen or that bud bloom!

So get your garden started and get your children involved and don’t forget we carry most of the  fruits and vegetables that were  mentioned right here at Cedar Grove Gardens!

 

 

A new growing season begins

21 Mar

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Things to begin thinking about…

It’s the time of year when we begin to get motivated about the upcoming spring season. Doing a few early preparations will bring great benefits all year long. So while we wait for mother nature to give us the go ahead, there are a few things that we can be thinking about. One small secret to executing our spring garden is by starting off with a plan. Maybe you would like to plant a vegetable garden this year, maybe a raised bed?  Think about trouble spots from last year and how you can rectify them early this year to make your yard a welcoming environment and a place that you will really enjoy  coming home to after a long days work. If container gardening on your deck is a better prospect  for you, think about investing in a couple of decorative pots that really make a statement. In container gardens, plants are easily transitioned from season to season.

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Now is the perfect time to get your lawn mower in for service, this way you are ready when the time comes and you will also beat the eager gardening crowd. Turn on your outdoor spigots and attach hoses.

Over the winter leaves and debris gather and  live in drainage areas.  Keep in mind that a  great place to discard your cleared material would be in the compost. Rake out any existing leaves and debris,  pick up small branches and add  them in the compost pile as well.

When planning your garden this spring don’t forget to visit our garden center at Cedar Grove Gardens for great ideas and inspiration.  As well as the best variety of plants in town!

 

 

Newsletter

17 Mar

Just wanted to keep you updated on a few changes here at the shop. You may have recently called the shop to place an order only to learn that we are asking for your patience as we get adjusted to our new computer and phone systems. You may have even received a bill and our monthly statements look different. We have undergone a few  changes with new equipment in the hopes of serving you better in the future. Please know that we appreciate your patience during this brief adjustment period and we look forward to serving you better in the future.

On a high note, we are just as anxious as you may be to for the upcoming spring season! Pansies and spring wreaths are in and we have bulb flowers trickling in here and there, I noted a few hyacinth  plants and tete a tete’s  have made their way into the shop and that my friends are a sure sign that we are gearing up!

 

If you have come into the shop you will notice that we have once again transformed the shop from Christmas trees to spring offerings, the shop is full of unbelievably real, silk and dried flowers, we also have an Easter selection on display, the only thing we need now is for all the snow  to disappear!

…and for those of you who follow us closely and may be wondering, Bubba has adjusted well to his happy home and new surroundings!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cupid Draw Back Your Bow

31 Jan

Our “All you need is Love” design  is the perfect bouquet chock full of romantic flowers such as tulips, roses, miniature gerbera daisy’s , hydrangeas, statice and ranunculus the image that you see below is $90. or you can get a smaller version but still sweet for $70. and an upgraded version with plenty more love and flowers for $125.

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Our “Still in Love with you ” design is a sweet, romantic, design it includes beautiful roses, sweet hiacinths  and gerbera daisy’s. The image captured below shows our $125. bouquet, again, you can always get a smaller sweet version for $90. and a premium version for $160.

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Many have come accustom to ordering and receiving roses. Our classic red dozen is arranged in a traditional glass vase with a simple variety of mixed greens, the cost is $80.  classic2fr

Our Deluxe version also has mixed greens and includes babies breathe  the cost for these beauties are  $90.

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If an upgraded, more modern vase is what you are after, our Premium Dozen has  mixed greens,  wax flower and an upgraded vase, the cost $100.

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A Fall Wedding in New England

12 Jan

written by Janet Lee Harrold

Over the course of the 13 or 14 years that I have been  working here at Cedar Grove Gardens, I have had many of opportunities to view, design, set up, break down  and post about the hundreds, no  actually  thousands of beautiful wedding flowers that we create for newly married couples on a weekly basis. It’s not everyday that I get the opportunity to be invited and actually see the fruits of our labor throughout the entire day and blog about it on  a personal level. This past fall I was able to attend as a guest- the beautiful bride Arianne is the daughter of one of Cedar Grove Gardens finest. Growing up as a teenager, Arianne also worked here at the shop for a couple of years to earn a bit of spending money so we like to think we watched her grow up. Needless to say I was honored to be invited.

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On a typical day Arianne is a beautiful young woman inside and out, but on her wedding day-she was absolutely stunning. Her dress was breathtaking designed by Rosa Clara with lace and  seeded pearls. The beauty that no one could see was the thoughtful sentiment that her mother had sewn in for her, it was to be her something blue.  A remnant of her junior high school uniform where she  met her first crush and now love of her life Mike. The blue plaid swatch  with I love you embroidered in red also held her grandfathers wedding band close to her heart even if just for that afternoon.

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Her bouquet was one of my personal favorites.

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The Landscape outside of The Red Lion Inn was bursting with rich autumnal hues. Arianne and Mike’s first look photos were taken beneath a gorgeous red Japanese Maple surrounded by a warm golden and neutral backdrop that complimented the colors of the bridesmaids dresses and garnet colored calla lily’s, antique hydrangea , seeded eucalyptus, sweet pea and dusty miller that made up their lovely bouquets.

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The Ceremony was to take place at the end of the enchanted  staircase, lined with candle lit antiqued  lanterns and flanked with floral accents that included O’hara garden roses, sprigs of lisianthus  and green moss. The ambiance in the room was incredible. Below the staircase they stood underneath the amazing  crystal chandelier where they recited their wedding vows and brought the entire room to tears. After the ceremony the guests were directed to the upstairs loft to enjoy the cocktail reception while the downstairs was transformed into a stunning ballroom like atmosphere for an evening of dinner and dancing. The table arrangements were quite fitting as garden roses, lisianthus calla lilies. sweet pea and textural greens encompassed a  candle lit lantern, the fragrance of the flowers permeated the room and the guests were anxiously awaiting to see who the lucky person was that would get to take home the centerpiece.

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The evening was certainly one to be remembered, but could not have been possible without the hard work of all the qualified vendors.

For starters. the beautiful images that you see above and so many more where taken by the fabulous Ali Rosa Photography, this was not our first experience with Ali, she also did the photos for another one of our co- workers weddings…we love how amazing, thoughtful and in- tune she was to everything important that day.

The D.J. was Nu Image Entertainment

The Cake was from Montilio’s Baking Co.

The venue was the Red Lion Inn in Cohassett 

Flowers of course… who else but Cedar Grove Gardens

Hair  Amanda Crocc AC Styles

Make up Heather Conley Make up Artist 

 

 

Wedding Flower Pricing Guide

28 Dec

unnamed (32) So you’ve just  begun the amazing and frightful journey of deciding all of the glamorous  details for your special day. We know from being in “the industry” that there are so many things to consider.  Quality, quantity, pricing and so much more. We have derived a general pricing structure to guide you with your wedding flower planning. Please note, this is just a guide and shouldn’t replace our COMPLIMENTARY wedding consultations with one of our professional consultants. We will sit down with you and go over more of the finer details of your day and discuss what is in season and available to you at the optimum price range. We are also here to answer any questions you may have. For an appointment call 617.825.8582

 

BRIDAL PARTY                                    MODEST PRICING                    AVERAGE PRICING              EMBELLISHED PRICING                                            

Bridal Bouquet                                                 $90.00                                         $125.00                                      $175.00+

Bridesmaid’s Bouquets                                    $50.00                                          $75.00                                        $100.00+

Flower Girl                                                        $20.00                                          $40.00                                       $60.00 embellished is a simple headwreath and basket

Corsages                                                          $22.00                                          $30.00                                       $45.00

Tussies                                                              $30.00                                         $45.00                                       $55.00

 Boutonniere                                                      $12.00                                         $15.00                                      $20.00

Toss Bouquet                                                    Complimentary                           $30.00                                        $50.00 special requests

CEREMONY FLOWERS

Pew Bows                                                          $10.00                                            $20.00                                      $30.00

Archway                                                             $200.00                                          $350.00                                    $500.00

Chuppah                                                            $300.00                                          $450.00                                    $550.00

Altar Arrangements                                            $100.00                                          $150.00                                    $200.00

Aisle Runner/Petals                                           $35.00 paper                                 $75.00 Linen  Rental                 $100.00 Long Linen

                   Petals: $25 bag/$50 sprinkling/$100-200 boarders

 

RECEPTION 

Cake Flowers                                                $20.00                                               $35.00                                     $50.00

Table Centerpieces Low                                $50.00                                               $75.00                                     $100.00+

Table Centerpieces High                               $85.00                                               $125.00                                   $180.00+

Guest Book Table                                          $75.00                                               $100.00                                   $150.00+

 

 

 

Twas The Week Before Christmas and all through the shop

14 Dec

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To Richard with Love and Admiration at Christmas Time

written by Janet Harrold

Twas the week before Christmas and all through the shop. The Designers are busy they just never stop!

The Bow Ladies are frantic, the lines out the door! We don’t mind, this gives our shoppers time to explore.

The stockings were hung by the gift shop so near, such a  broad  selection from cotton to sheer.

The guys in the yard were selling the tree’s, Mother nature is vicious only 20 degrees.

When out in the sales yard there arose such a clatter.  The employee’s came out to see what was the matter!

Richard as usual was raising a racket- Robert came out sporting his red plaid hooded jacket.

The moon on the breast of the new fallen snow-the martini’s were flowing -gave Richard a glow!

When all of a sudden he proclaimed something new.  “My employees are the best. I have the best dog gone crew!”

His mind a little fuzzy-he’s obviously lit, but for those who know Richard -he still has his wit.

His eyes how they twinkled, his dimples how merry! His cheeks were like the roses he sells, his nose alder berry.

More rapid than eagles his crew and their fame- have hustled this season but 7 days still remain.  He whistled and shouted and called them by name.  Now Gerry, Now  Noralie,  Ann , Nancy and Phil. I can’t thank you enough- here’s a hundred dollar bill.

 On Tajah, On Mitchell, On Lisa, on Cat!  Here’s a long striped knitted scarf and a warm winter hat.

For Bob, John,  all the guys in the yard,  I can’t thank you enough for working so hard!

To Janet, Diane, Patty and my temporary staff, for being so wonderful—here’s time and a half.

The glow was wearing off, it had been a little while,

no drinks were being poured he lost his  sweet smile.

He spoke not a word , but went straight to his work, and soon his merry tune changed, he called John a big jerk!

“So much to be done the Holiday isn’t through, this shop is a mess everything is askew”.

What happened to our boss, the bonuses and gifts? The Martini’s, the wine, was there something I missed?

Well we heard him exclaim as the wine he uncorked, enough from Mr. Nice guy, get your ass back to work!