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We’re Back!!

We are back in business! Our new location is 102 S. Artisan Alley in beautiful downtown DeLand. Phone number is the same: 386-310-9081. Hours are Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday 9:00 – 6:00; Thursday 9:30 – 6:00; and Friday 9:00 – 9:00; closed Monday and Tuesday.

We have some beautiful cool season annuals in stock: Baby’s Breath, Calendula, Foxglove, Hollyhock, Fragrant Stock, Lupine, and the really cool “Crazy Daisy” Shasta Daisy.

Geraniums, Sunpatiens, Petunias, herbs, and veggies are being delivered Friday.

Along with the above, we have the usual assortment of annuals, perennials, shrubs, roses, trees, organic fertilizers, etc., in stock.

It’s going to take me a few days to get the inside Garden Shop arranged like I want it, so please excuse the mess. And Gibbs won’t be there until I get his sitting area set up…so don’t be disappointed if it’s just me when you pop in. lol I know how much y’all love Gibbs!

I’m very excited about being a part of downtown DeLand. Can’t wait to see all my usual customers and to make new customers. Come see us soon!

Happy digging in the dirt…

Jeanni and Gibbs

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We’re Moving On Up…

Gibbs and I have awesome news: We’re finally moving into our new location! How cool is that. I should be able to open Wednesday, January 29. That’s also my birthday, so it’ll be the best birthday present to myself ever. Can’t wait to see all my customers again!

Happy digging in the dirt…

Jeanni and Gibbs

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Come See Us at the Farmers Market…

So…what are your plans for Friday night 6:00 – 9:00? Well, how about coming to see me at the R&G vendor table during the Farmers Market in Artisan Alley! I’ll be there every Friday for the Farmers Market and for the 4th Friday event.

No, Gibbs won’t be there, but he sez to tell you he’s ready to see all of his peeps when R&G opens up!

R&G’s new location isn’t quite ready to open for business yet, but I promise we are getting there.

Happy digging in the dirt…

Jeanni and Gibbs
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Certified Dealer for Espoma Products

I’m very excited to announce that Roses and Gargoyles has taken the training and is now a Certified Dealer for Espoma products! Espoma is the company that makes all of the Tone organic fertilizers, Holly-tone, Rose-tone, Tomato-tone, etc., along with organic lawn food and organic liquid fertilizers. They are excellent products made in the USA and I’m very proud to be associated with such a wonderful company. Go to www.espoma.com to check out their products.

Happy digging in the dirt…

Jeanni and Gibbs

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Winter Roses

Even with the cold weather this past week, I have some roses still blooming in my garden.

Bow Bells is an English Rose bred by David Austin in 1991. She is about 4’x4′, has a nice fragrance, and blooms off and on throughout the year.

Mutabilis is an excellent example of an Old Garden Rose. He’s a China rose, bred before 1894, and is also an Earth-Kind Rose. Earth-Kind roses are roses that require less maintenance, i.e., spraying, fertilizing, water, etc., than other roses. What’s cool about Mutabilis is his blooms change color as they age. A bush in full bloom can have yellows, pinks, and coral roses all at once. He’s also different because his blooms are single, 4-8 petals, instead of the very full blooms that we’re use to. Mutabilis is great for a hedge or a specimen plant. Mine is about 6’x6′ and is only a couple of years old.

Both of these are own-root roses and have survived the past 1-1/2 years with almost total neglect. These, and many more own-root Old Garden and English Roses, are what I’ll have for sale this Spring.

Happy digging in the dirt…

Jeanni and Gibbs

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Tired of Winter Yet??

Whew. Looks like we made it through that little cold snap. Unless you have extremely tender plants, go ahead and uncover everything. I’d wait till tomorrow to uncover the very tender plants. That wind and cold is extremely drying, so check the soil to see if you need to water, especially if they’re in containers.

Don’t be in a hurry to cut back cold damage. It takes awhile for the complete damage to show, so put down those pruners!

Jeanni and Gibbs
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The Cold is Coming!

The weather people are saying we’re getting a hard freeze tomorrow night (Monday night to Tuesday morning). Kinda difficult to fathom that happening since it’s 80 degrees out there right now. But there are a few things you can do to help protect your garden from freeze damage:

– Water it well tomorrow morning. A dry plant suffers from cold temps much worse than a well-hydrated plant. The plants need a few hours to uptake the water so don’t wait till 7:00 tomorrow night to water.

– If you can’t take the tender plants inside (house, shed, garage), then cover them tomorrow afternoon. Use frost cloths, cardboard boxes, sheets, blankets, mulch, etc., as cover. Don’t use plastic as that transfers cold to the plant. Take the covering off the plants if it warms up Tuesday day.

– It’s supposed to be windy, which is actually a good thing because the wind keeps ice from forming on the plants.

Call or email me if you questions on how to cover your plants.

And, please, bring your outside pets inside. If it’s too cold for you to spend the night outside, then it’s also too cold for them.

Keep warm!

Jeanni and Gibbs

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January Gardening Calendar

You know, one of the many things I love about living in Central Florida is the fact that we can play in the dirt even during the winter!  Here’s our January gardening calendar with tips on what can be done and planted this month:

January Gardening Calendar
January Gardening Calendar

Here’s the link to the calendar:  http://solutionsforyourlife.ufl.edu/lawn_and_garden/calendar/pdfs/January_Central.pdf

In case you’re wondering, the flower in the header is a cool-season annual called Stock, Matthiola incana.  Along with being very pretty and a pollinator attractant, it’s very fragrant.

Happy digging in the dirt…

Jeanni and Gibbs