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WE HAVE CHRISTMAS CACTUS!

This common house plant blooms during the Christmas season, but its long green arms are attractive throughout the year. With cultivars in a rainbow of colors, it is a plant worthy of appreciation.

The word cactus usually produces images of the desert-such as the saguaro cactus of Arizona with it’s “arms” in the air. In contrast, the Christmas cactus is part of the Zygocacti family and it is a tropical plant that requires very different care than other cacti. They are popular as a Holiday gift plant, and they make excellent house plants when given good air circulation and plenty of bright light (but not direct sun).

AWWWWW! HOW CUTE!

minipoinsettiasWE HAVE MINI POINSETTIAS!
Payne’s mini-poinsettias (Euphorbia pulcherrima) have been a novelty in our garden centers for many years preceding Christmas: only about 4 inches (10 cm) high with only 5 to 10 leaves and crowned with a single inflorescence composed of red, pink, white or green bracts, they are so cute you’ll find it hard to resist buying one!

PICK UP YOUR HANDCRAFTED HOLIDAY CENTERPIECES AT PAYNE’S TODAY! (at the South store on St. Michael’s only).

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deerGREAT HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS!

Our accomplished designers lovinglycreate handmade decorations, gifts and centerpieces that will provide a festive atmosphere wherever they are placed.

From FRESH, decorated mini-trees, Poinsettia gift baskets and green centerpieces to ornate ribbon trees & wreaths and whimsical wooden deer… each unique and one-of-a-kind, you’ll find perfect holiday décor and gifts.

VALERIE’S VIEW from the Greenhouse!

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MAKING CHRISTMAS PERFECT! 

As the holidays near, I see everyone stressing over decorating their homes so that they are perfect when company comes. I have had customers almost in tears when we do not have the perfect poinsettia or enough paper whites. Questions like “when will the next shipments be coming in”?  Why do you not have them?  Sometimes we have control of what is coming in and sometimes we do not.

This year we have seen hurricanes in the South, tornados in the Midwest and fires in the West. All of these events impact what plant material we can get and when. The poinsettias, no problem, we have been growing them since July. We just received our Christmas cactus. These come from Florida and many of our suppliers lost inventory due to the storms.  Another shipment of paper whites is due any day.

Yes, we love that you come in and purchase your plants and flowers from us. But remember, the holidays are about family and friends getting together and catching up on each other’s lives.

HAPPY GARDENING!

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CHRISTMAS TREES FROM A NURSERY! WHO WOULD HAVE THUNK?

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Last week, the Garden Guru mentioned that most people don’t think about goingto a nursery to buy a Christmas tree!  Payne’s Nursery has been selling Christmas trees for many years! Of course, Payne’s sells live trees that you can plant in your yard later -and that’s becoming a more and more popular tradition.

Lynn said that what he recommends is that you dig your hole earlier in the season so that when winter comes and the ground is frozen hard and there is snow on top of it, you have at least already dug your hole… and of course refill it with the loosened soil, so it doesn’t pose a hazard! It is then easily excavated again for your Christmas tree after your are done with it indoors. Payne’s recommends that you keep your live Christmas tree indoors for a maximum of 5 days — listen to the Garden Guru’s tip to find out why?

Tune in every Friday on KHFM Radio (95.5 FM) between 4 and 5 pm you’ll hear Lynn Payne’s tip of the week. The “Garden Guru” himself provides information on different topics including gardening tips, fun facts about plants, how to plant and prepare your garden for each season and special announcements.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK – POINSETTIAS from PAYNE’S!

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If you have a photo taken in one of our greenhouses or of your own garden or
landscape that contains products from Payne’s,
please send it to info@paynes.com!

If your photo is chosen, and used in our e-newsletter website or
other marketing materials, then you will receive a
Gift Certificate from Payne’s for $25!
Please make sure to give us your contact information in your email.