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Fall – A Welcome Change

 Fall – A Welcome Change

We’ve had some rain the last couple of days and it was a bit humid, but I welcomed the rain. I enjoy the change of season from summer to fall. When the temperatures change and a chill is in the air, I feel like a weight has lifted and there is relief.

Japanese Maple
Japanese Maple
Let It Go…

With the heat of summer mostly behind me, I can relax a bit.  I don’t have to worry so much about my gardens drying out so fast. The dog spends more time outside and the cat doesn’t have to be dragged indoors at night, he comes in on his own.  I spend less time watering and more time planting some great fall annuals, adding perennials to my gardens and planning for spring.




I love the colors of fall. With the autumnal equinox, nights and days are of almost equal length. Leaves change and bring beauty without me having to lift a finger. Birds, squirrels, chipmunks and everybody else are super busy getting ready for winter. I get a kick out of all this activity.

I’m super happy to start cooking indoors again. I find a slower pace, I don’t spend as much time rushing about to get things done. The endless stream of barbecues slows a little, baseball is winding down and football is warming up. School has started and routines and schedules are in place again.

pumpkin and cinnamon
Pumpkin and cinnamon – Thanks to BBC News
Comfort Food…

My favorite things about fall are the apples, pumpkins, squashes and mums. There is nothing like biting into a fresh, crisp apple. Or the aroma of pumpkin or squash roasting with butter and cinnamon. I delight in the varied colors and textures of mums and choosing the ones that jump out and say “Take me home!”

Great choices for fall planting!

The preview to fall is here and actual fall is right around the corner. Throw on a sweater and stop in to say HI!

mum field
We grow our own mums in Carver!

The Plymouth Shop is open daily 9-5.  Our own Mums, pumpkins, cider and apples will arrive soon! We’ll keep you posted!

You can learn about the equinox here.

SuperSecretSales and Pop-Up Sales…

SuperSecretSales and Pop-Up Sales

Crystal Lake Garden Shop

Here at Crystal Lake, we often offer SuperSecretSales

SuperSecretSales are not really secret, we tell everyone, it’s just a catchy phrase we use. The sales are pretty catchy too and each one is a great value.  They are the best and the nicest of our plants and we want to share these with you because they are fabulous! We post these sales all over social media and our website, and we tell every person we come in contact with about them! SuperSecretSales are great because we know when they will happen and can tell everybody.

Can't wait for Spring 2016!
Love this color.

Today we made up a new sale category, The Pop-Up Sale!

Pop-Sales are a spur of the moment kind of sale, not planned, so they can happen at any time. Generally, we have all our ducks in a row, we keep ourselves on track and we have all our sales and events planned well in advance. But then life happens and we realize we have some really great stuff that needs a home. A Pop-Up Sale could be anything! It may be offered at a discounted price or it might be a Buy One Get One offer. You never know.  We probably won’t post them on Facebook because we’re just running around crazy and realize there is something wonderful that you might like. So we’ll gather the plants together, throw up a sign and if you happen to stop by, you’ll  run into a Pop-Up Sale!

A Pop-Up Sale could be a BOGO offer!

Coleus – Unmatched Versatility

Coleus – Unmatched Versatility

A Super Plant

This is a great plant with endlessly colorful foliage all season. Diverse colors, leaf shapes, growing habits make it a great plant for containers or the landscape.  Our coleus are sun lovers and can be used in shady areas to add color.  Tall or short, narrow, bushy or trailing, there is a coleus for your garden!

Unmatched Versatility

Traditionally grown for shade, new varieties tolerate sunny spots quite well.  They prefer evenly moist soil and can be pinched throughout the growing season to encourage new growth. Fertilize every 2-3 weeks or use a time release fertilizer if you wish.

In the greenhouse

Coleus blossoms are insignificant and can be removed so as not to take away from the beauty of the foliage. While neither unattractive or showy, the blooms are small and lavender in color and kinda cute!

We love this super plant  because it doesn’t ask for much and puts on a great show all summer and into the fall. The reds, oranges, purples and greens in many different hues stand on their own compliment other plants .

Stop in this weekend and check out our coleus. They make a great addition to any garden. They are also very quiet and make good neighbors…