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Last Weekend in Lake Helen

Gracious, has it ever been a busy week. Mr Gibbs and I were out of town since Sunday afternoon visiting family. We got back here about noon today. Many thanks to Barbara for watering the plants!

Well, we’re in the last three days of being open in Lake Helen. During this time all herbs and veggies are 75% off. Other select plants are 25% off (mostly annuals and perennials).

Hours are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 9:00 – 6:00. See you soon!

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Open Your Heart to Homeless Poinsettias

I have just a few more poinsettias that need a home for Christmas.

The 8″ ones are gorgeous. They have three poinsettias in each container and are only $15.50. Only three are left.

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The 4″ ones are huge and are a steal at $2.99 each. Some ideas for showcasing them are to set one inside a pretty container or mass a bunch together in a container. Very festive! I have 20 of this size.

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A Poinsettia Story

Poinsettias. They’re such pretty plants, and very much a sign that the holidays are here. Here is some interesting information about Poinsettias that you might not know…

Joel Roberts Poinsett is the person who introduced Poinsettias (see the resemblance between his last name and the plant’s name??) to the United States in 1828. He was the US’s first Ambassador to Mexico and a botanist and physician. He fell in love with the plants he discovered in Southern Mexico and sent cuttings to his home in Charleston, South Carolina.

The colorful parts of the plants aren’t the flowers. Nope, those are actually colored bracts and are considered modified leaves. The flowers are yellow and are in the center of the colored bracts. The bracts get their color changes through a process called “photoperiodism.” That means they need 12 hours of total darkness for at least five days in a row to change color. Not just a little darkness, but total darkness. Light of any kind, real or synthetic, will throw off their color changing abilities. That’s why the Poinsettias you planted in the garden might not be as colorful as the ones you buy every holiday season.

I’m sure you’ve heard that old wives tale that Poinsettias are poisonous. Well, the National Poison Center in Atlanta and the American Medical Association have repeatedly tested the Poinsettia’s reportedly poisonous abilities and have found, repeatedly, that they are not poisonous. One study done at Ohio State University showed that 500 to 600 leaves would have to be eaten by a 50-pound child before any side effects would even start to show up. And those side effects would be upset stomach and vomiting…which makes sense if one eats 500 to 600 leaves of anything.

Poinsettias do ooze a milky sap when the stems are broken. That sap can cause allergic reactions to people who are allergic to latex.

Here’s an interesting tidbit: Florida has a native Poinsettia! How cool is that?? Euphorbia cyathophora (or Euphorbia heterophylla) is its botanical name. Common names are wild poinsettia, Fire on the mountain, fireplant, painted euphorbia, desert poinsettia, paint leaf and kaliko plant.

And that is my history lesson on Poinsettias.

Happy digging in the dirt…

Jeanni and Gibbs

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It’s Shopping Time!

Have you started your holiday shopping yet? Keep in mind that R&G’s garden shop had lots of cool items from bathouses to jewelry to suncatchers and other unique items that would make great gifts. And alot of them are handmade by local artists so you’d be giving a gift that not everyone else has and you’d be supporting local artists. How cool is that!


We also have gift certificates for that hard-to-shop-for person on your list. Don’t worry…the gift certificates will be valid at the new location.

Happy digging in the dirt…

Jeanni and Gibbs

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New Plants Just Arrived

Good Friday morning!

We have some beautiful new plants in stock. Salli, I know you like nicotiana so I got that in red; Edward, I got more sun hostas in for you;, and Marlene, I now have the Rocket series snapdragons in stock. Also got delphiniums, Firedragon copperleaf, licorice plant, Mona lavender, calendula, and more poinsettias.

See you soon!

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Another Schedule Change

Ok my peeps. I need to make another change to R&G’s schedule. We’ll be open 9:00 – 6:00 Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for the next three weeks. I still need to close at 1:00 on Sunday, the 15th, and Sunday, the 22nd, is still the last official day that R&G will be open in Lake Helen.

Thanks!

Jeanni and Gibbs

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R&G’s December Schedule

Well, we’re in the countdown stage of closing up shop in Lake Helen. These next few weeks are going to be busy, so R&G’s schedule is going to be a bit wacky.

This week: Closed today (Wednesday). Open 12:00 – 6:00 tomorrow (Thursday), then 9:00 – 6:00 Friday through Sunday.

Week of 12/09: Closed Monday through Wednesday. Open 9:00 – 6:00 Thursday through Saturday. Sunday the 15th I’m closing at 1:00.

Week of 12/16: Closed Monday through Wednesday. Open 9:00 – 6:00 Thursday through Sunday.

After that is Christmas week, so basically I’m closed as of Sunday, December 22. I’ll be moving everything during the week of 12/22 – 12/31, but feel free to stop by if I’m at the shop.

Happy digging in the dirt…

Jeanni and Gibbs

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Moving on up!

Gibbs and I have a new home for Roses and Gargoyles! We’re so very excited to announce that we’re becoming a part of the Artisan Alley family in downtown DeLand. Our inside garden shop will be the unit next to The Nest and the courtyard across from the garden shop  will be the garden area.

Being in a unique shopping area means I get to reinvent Roses and Gargoyles somewhat to better fit into that environment . But you’ll still get awesome customer service, great plant selection, interesting seminars, and, of course, Gibbs.

We’ll let you know when we have a definite move-in date.

Happy digging in the dirt…

Jeanni and Gibbs