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As the weather cools and the trees drop their leaves, the hydrangea blooms once a glorious indigo or sweet pink, now a dusty hue, it’s time to implement key garden and landscape fall maintenance tips. This is the time of year when you want to prepare your landscape for the upcoming winter hibernation while still enjoying the fall colors. When it comes to landscape fall maintenance, you can do it yourself or allow the team at Gardens to Love to take care of it for you. We love to take care of your garden and landscape so you can enjoy it more, just let us know. Marcia’s Top 10 Landscape Fall Maintenance Tips 1) Leave the leaves. Leaves are food for the soil and plants. Let them stay on the grass and in the borders until cold weather really sets in. 2) It’s okay to blow the driveway and walkways. We want those areas to stay safe for you and your guests. If you’d like to schedule a clean-up, just give us a call. 3) It is getting dark earlier, make certain your night lighting is in working order. Call us if you need repairs or a reset to your timer with the change in daylight savings time. 4) Check your handrails. Are they sturdy? Often mortar ages and the pickets get loose in the mortar socket. We can fix this for you, just get in touch. 5) Enjoy the fall color in the foliage on the ground as well as on the trees. Don’t have everything all cut down at one time. And when you are ready to have things cut and trimmed, call us to handle your landscape fall maintenance. 6) Plant lots of pansies, they are a bright note all winter long. We love to take care of planting seasonal color, let’s talk and find out what you’d like to have to brighten your garden. 7) Always invite lots of friends and family into the garden. You’ll enjoy it more when you share it. 8) Eat those pumpkins and squashes you used to decorate the front door. Some are surprisingly good and all are easy to cook. 9) If you don’t like pumpkins, you’ll love the seeds, roasted and salted. 10) As your garden goes into hibernation for the winter, it’s the perfect time for us to discuss what you’d like next spring to bring, get in touch. When you take the time to prepare your garden and landscape for the winter, you can be sure that spring will bring beautiful green buds and colorful blooms. Your garden should look good in every season, it’s the front door to your home. We look forward to working...

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On a cold, windy February day we might feel like giving it all up to go fishing someplace where the sun is shining brightly on a shimmering sea. I found boats waiting for me at the Darien port in historic Darien, Georgia.  I’m a working girl, and I like a working boat.  These classic shrimp boats can’t be bettered when it comes to hauling in the best tasting shrimp in the world, Georgia White shrimp, grown sweet from the unique mix of fresh water and sea water that flows through the marshes of Glenn.  I didn’t get to go out into the bay, but I did find my haul of shrimp and fish at the Darien Hardware.   That is not a typing error; I did indeed purchase my fish at the hardware store!       Inland, the camellias were shimmering in the sun and promising spring is at hand.  These big old fashioned varieties such as Grace Albritton and Professor Sargent have even begun to bloom in protected spots in Atlanta.  Tonight’s cold will knock off a few buds, but there will be more flowers to come.  And if we protect our coastline there will be more shrimp to come. Marcia...

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Here at the Gardens to Love offices we do our best to put a positive spin on the month of August. We try to avoid phrases such as, “vile weather,” “hateful air today,” or “disgustingly hot.” I do my best to deflect those questions about whether or not the A/C is turned down to 76 degrees. (It is not!) After all, where will that talk take us? Instead, we focus on all the good garden upkeep and installations the team accomplishes in spite of the heat, humidity and air pollution. There will be a cool pops treat in the downstairs café at the end of the day. Looking back on the month, August begins to feel awfully good…The Zeon Zoysia sod installed at Mr. Smith’s looks fabulous in August, especially after the haircuts from the reel mowers. I love zoysia’s soft touch on a hot summer day. And when well mown, it really feels like a thick green carpet. The pruning and the seasonal cleanup done for Mr. George makes him so happy after returning from summer vacation out of town. Mrs. Scott is thrilled to see changes in her back patio, because she is planning a big event in the fall. Gardening in August brings flowering joys such as refreshingly pure white cleome, Royal Standard hostas, Clematis autumnalis; bright notes in the shade from Rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm’ and Encore azaleas; lingering phlox and crepe myrtle flowers in pink and white; zinnias are stars in the cutting gardens. Late afternoon showers followed by a cool evening still and cooler dawns in early mornings combine to make August downright inspirational. Marcia Weber Gardens to...

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We are pleased to announce that our planted containers made the cover of Kolo Collection’s latest brochure. Kolo Collection is a high-end, modern, indoor/indoor furniture store that opened in 2003 in the Westside Urban Market. They sell many of the containers we use on a daily basis. If you’ve ever been to Kolo, the first details that catch your attention are the two large containers by the entrance. We, Gardens to Love, plant, maintain, and change those containers seasonally. In the past we’ve planted Yucca and Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’ (Contorted Filbert) but currently we have a Ligustrum standard underplanted with Chamaecyparis pisifera filifera ‘Gold Charm.’ In addition to regular landscape services, we plant and maintain many of our client’s containers, both indoors and out. If you’re interested in seeing our container portfolio, we’d be happy to set up a meeting with you, or you can check out our container album on facebook. Kolo Collection is located on 1189 Howell Mill Rd, Atlanta,...

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Cathedral Antiques Show Atlanta is for HEROS Gardens to Love is again a proud supporter of the Cathedral Antiques Show. We have been sponsoring the show for the last 6 years. In past shows we have created a central garden in the foyer that correlates with each year’s theme. This year, however, due to the show’s overwhelming popularity and limited amount of space, we created a series of pots and urns complemented by fabulous red Richardson Allen bench. The pots, urns, and bench were placed around the edges of the foyer so that guests could mingle in the center. Each year the Cathedral Antiques Show picks a wonderful charity to support. This year’s beneficiary is H.E.R.O. for Children, Inc. HERO is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children infected with and affected by HIV-AIDS. HERO’s logo incorporates a red ribbon and so red was the theme for this year’s Cathedral Antiques Show. In our Italian terracotta pots we had red cyclamen surrounding an evergreen juniper spiral, we had a red bench (borrowed from Logan Gardens) as our focal point, and we all had red ribbons on our name tags. We enjoyed visiting with many of our friends and colleagues and Marcia even found a Valentine’s Day present for her...

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