January 23-Happy National Pie Day!

I prefer cake over pie, but if I have to pick one it would be Lemon Meringue. There must be many pie lovers out there because January 23 is dedicated to pie!

Did you know that every day of the year has a non-government, non-religious dedication? If you ever just wanted to send someone a gift “just because” you could now attach it to a day.

February 7- National Send a card to a friend day

March 31- National Crayon Day

June 26- National Beautician’s Day  (don’t forget the hairdressers in your life)

September 12- National Day of Encouragement

December 17- National Maple Syrup Day

 

These are just some of the wacky days to remember. Everyday is a celebration- truly- these days just gives you a specific focus!

 

 

Now- off to find some Lemon Meringue- YUM!

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Source Pie

This is the time of year that your December blooming Amaryllis will likely start to lose blooms.  Luckily- the foliage is pretty too and makes a great house plant. Better yet, you can take action to save the bulb and bring it back to life again next year. Here are some tips for Amaryllis after care:

  • Trim off dead blooms
  • Trim off any dead or flimsy foliage
  • Keep the green. If it needs it, tie it up  for a better look. The foliage allows energy to go back into the bulb. This energy is needed to allow for growth again.

Should you choose to keep the Amaryllis for next year:

  • After the last frost of the winter season- you can place the bulb outdoors.
  • In the early fall- before the first frost (around September) bring the bulb indoors into a dark place- basements work great. The bulb needs to go back into dormancy for about 6 weeks.
  • After the 6 week dormancy, bring your pot back out- in a warm and sunny indoor location. Water the bulb sparingly.

There is a chance that the second year- the bulb will not produce another bloom and just the foliage.

 

Kids can learn to garden!

Parents of young kids  love new and simple ways to help entertain our kids. Even better when you get the kids involved on fun and they learn!

Bulbs are a simple and fun way for kids to learn- we have shared some tips before.

Here is a great customer example-

A daycare provider has 2 Amaryllis growing side by side. Each child has guessed the color that the bloom will become. Better yet- they are examining the growth of these and measuring the length. Just like that- kids are learning how to measure and journal about their plants.

Oh and even better yet- this teaches kids that good things come to those who wait. In a time when our kids are surrounded by instant gratification- gardening in all forms is a way to teach them that hard work and patience can bring on great return!

 

 

We hear this a lot- I love the bulbs, but the Amaryllis stalk grows too tall and are top heavy… they break now what?

 

This is true, Amaryllis and Paperwhites are going to get tall- they are also going to create large beautiful blooms that can cause the stalks to be top heavy. However, there are ways to prevent them from breaking!

  1. rotate your planter- allowing the sun to hit different angles of the bulb/stem- keeping the growth equal.
  2.  move the planter closer to the window. If your stem needs to strain for sunlight, this can cause it to lean and eventually break.
  3.  Tie it up! This is simple and can also look quite cute! Use ribbon, twine or whatever you have on hand. Gently tie a loose bow around the stems holding them together. If you only have one stem- you can stick in a stake to attach to.

 

With those three simple steps, you can stretch out the length of your bloom with out stretching too tall!

Click below to watch a quick tutorial on how to tie up the stem.

 

Save a Stem

While packing up orders the other day- I wondered if our customers had as much anticipation as I do for the bulb to bloom! So, while over thinking this… I thought- how could we make the waiting more fun? Fairy Gardens!

Make the pot of soil into a Fairy Garden! This keeps the pot looking cute and interesting-until your Amaryllis blooms. Then once it blooms it gives even more to your Fairy Garden narrative.

Here is a sample of this idea.

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This little gnome has paperwhites in his yard!

 

Take your Berbee’s Best potted Amaryllis bulb and your favorite miniature items.

Add them as you see fit- you can even add mini plants if you would like.

 

Keep in the same sunny window and continue to wait for the bloom!

 

 

Your thumb just got a little greener!

Everyone loves a bright blooming flower- especially in the Winter months. Not everyone likes to care for plants and flowers or take the time to worry about water and sunlight. There is something out there for those people! The Waxed Amaryllis has been around a few years and is the perfect gift for someone who does not like gardening, but appreciates the blooms!

The traditional Amaryllis has been dipped in wax and decorated with snow or glitter for a Holiday look. A wire coil placed in the bottom to allow the bulb to stand up right on its own. No soil, no water no care required.

The final bloom may be a slightly shorter then a traditional Amaryllis, but the bloom will be just as vibrant!

 

These are great gifts or even group a few together in your own home. Perfect for a centerpiece or mantel display!

 

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It is important to be thankful year round, but of course this time of year brings so much reflection that it is often the time we focus most on thanking others- how simple to say “thank you”

It is especially important with the Holiday festivities to show your gratitude to those that host you in their home. We all know someone who is a Hostess with the Mostest or (Host with the Most)!

Show them you are thankful for their hospitality with a great gift! We are biased, but a flower bulb makes a great gift- because it keeps on giving with every inch of growth. They will think of you for weeks to come.

 

Please use this FREE Printable gift card to give with your hostess gift!

 

Click Here to Download

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NOW IS THE TIME TO PLANT FALL BULBS

We recently added tulips and hyacinths to our product line. These are some of the most popular fall bulbs for Spring blooms! Bulbs are actually really easy to plant and care for- the hardest part is getting them in the ground on time!

The rule of thumb is to get them in before the first frost- we like to say before Thanksgiving!

Here are some tips for planting your Fall Bulbs:

  • Select quality bulbs (Call Berbee’s Best)
  • Use rich soil- a compost mix works great.
  • Plant them when the ground is cool, but not frozen
  • Plant them at the right depth (see grid below)
  • Put the nose up (nose = pointy end)
  • Water in really good
  • Take a picture of the before!

Now you enjoy your winter months- and when the weather starts to turn to Spring and just when you almost forgot about your bulbs- Surprise they pop up and bloom so beautifully! Even better, if you have given these as a gift to someone special- they will think of you at the planting and at the bloom time! Now that is a gift that keeps on giving!

 

 

Bulb Depth Guide:

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Indoor gardening with kids is easy, entertaining and educational!

Teaching kids to garden does not require a large yard or vegetables. Flower bulbs are an easy way to get your kids gardening. Amaryllis take little care- just water and sun! The fun part is the watching and waiting- kids can check in everyday to see the progress. When the bulbs blooms kids will be so excited to see the flower.

These are fun ways to get kids excited about their Amaryllis blooms:

  • Keep the color a secret! Let them guess what color they think that the flower will bloom.
  • Set up a race! Put at least two bulbs near each other and see which one grows faster. Let the kids pick one and see who wins the race.
  • Let the  kids take pictures of the blooms through out the growth process.
  • Create a growth journal- writing down changes they notice, when they last watered etc…When done- capture them with their hard work!
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