Old Man Winter

Ever want to eat your words? The last line in my last post was “Bring it on, Old Man Winter!” All Tucked In!

Well, my challenge was heard. I’m sorry!

We, like so many others in our snow-laden area, have taken a hit from the 55 inches of snow we were “blessed” with over the Christmas season.

A hoop structure of aluminum and plastic was no match for all that white, fluffy stuff.


I take it back! Come on, Spring! We won’t take this lying down! Well, not for long, at least.

We are planning our spring schedule, honing up for workshops, classes and Dirty Dining.

IMG_1804We are adjusting our orders to be sure we still get the cool new fun stuff squeezed into the houses that are still standing.


You can’t keep plant lovers away from the green stuff!

P1020703“Surely as cometh the winter, I know there are Spring violets under the snow.”Anon.

Stay tuned for info on all the news from The Flower House Garden Center! We’ve got lots of great stuff up our sleeves.


Garden Party Time!

Join us Friday, July 15, and Saturday, July 16, for our 9th Annual Garden Party!


From 10 am to 8 pm each day you can take advantage of special sales on perennials, roses, hydrangeas and shrubs!


We have a great selection of quality, hardy plants just waiting to brighten up your gardens.

Check out sales on garden accessories, sign up for door prizes and have lunch at The Prairie Bistro from  11-1:30 each day.

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Browse our display gardens (and maybe pull a few weeds ūüôā ).

We will also be serving dinner from 5-8 pm. Reservations advised!


End of Season Bedding Plant Sale

Bidens Bee-Dance Painted Red

We’ve had enough. It is your turn to plant, water and enjoy!

All annuals in packs and most in pots are buy one get one free! Elephant Ears, caladium, cannas, callas and dahlias are 20% off. So are most hanging baskets and planters!

Happy Returns Hemerocallis

This is a prime time to plant perennials. We have a great selection of perennials and nursery stock, too.  June 28 we are offering a class with a light meal РPerfecting Perennials РCall now to reserve your spot!

June hours are Monday through Saturday 9 am to 5 pm. The Prairie Bistro serves lunch 11 am to 1:30 pm each day.

Count down!


It’s almost time! We are sooooo excited!


We have our happy faces on and are ready to open the doors for the 2016 Spring Season!

Monday, April 11 – April 30, we are open from 9-5 Monday through Saturday, closed Sundays in April.

Of course, The Prairie Bistro serves lunch from 11-1:30 Monday through Saturday through the end of June. Try our scratch-made soups, unique sandwiches and fresh salads!


Cool, New, Fun!

Just a few of our new items for this spring!


Petunia ‘Night Sky’ has a unique splash of color on a deep blue background. The name was inspired by Vincent Van Gogh’s painting Starry Starry Night. The amount of white will change as the season changes. This one will be fun to watch!

Petunia Supertunia Honey

Petunia ‘Supertunia Honey’ is a warm mix of yellows, oranges and pink.


Kniphofia ‘Poco Red’, more commomly know as Torch Lily. ¬†Although perennial elsewhere (NOT HERE!) we are growing this funky plant as a Thriller container plant or for your full sun flower bed. It loves heat and drought.


Gaillardia ‘Red Sun’. Broad petaled “suns” of hot orange-red float over the mounding foliage of this blanket-flower. It is hardy to zone 3 but we plan on using it¬†as an annual in containers, as well as in our well drained perennial beds.

Balsamic Blooms Basil

Basil ‘Balsamic Blooms’ is both edible and decorative. Flavors range from mint (blooms) to sweet basil (leaves). Plant in pots to enjoy in your outdoor living space or in your garden for a lush harvest!


Pansiola is a fun blend of pansy and viola! Great for hanging baskets and planters.

Go-Go Speckled Pink Dahlia Go-Go Two Tone Red Dahlia

Dahlia Go-Go Series ‘Speckled’ and ‘Two-Tone Red’ are a new introduction which make a great stand-alone plant or thriller in your large containers.

Calibrochoa Close Up! Calibrochoa Magenta Mayhem

Calibrochoa ‘Close Up!’ (left) and ‘Magenta Mayhem’ (right) add a soft semi-double and unique splash of color to our lineup of ‘million bells’ type of flowers.

Little Zin Hibiscus

Hibiscus ‘Little Zin’ is like the ‘Mahogany Splendor’ we have carried for years, except it is more compact and dense-a bit more controllable in containers!

Gerbera Bengal Mix

Gerbera¬†‘Bengal Mix’ is super-cool! This showy daisy is much bigger than its older siblings. The blossoms and foliage outgrow the normal gerbs and they come in six colors. Be sure not to over crowd gerbera daisies to get the most bloom for your buck.

Begonia Unstoppable Fire

Begonia ‘Unstoppable Fire’ makes a statement with bright orange open flowers and dark foliage.¬†They do well in part sun or part shade.

Dianthus Jolt Cherry

Dianthus ‘Jolt Cherry’ is very floriferous! It is lightly fragrant and will do well either in a large container or making a bold statement in a front flower bed. It also makes a fabulous cut flower!

Bidens Bee-Dance Painted Red

Bidens ‘Bee-Dance Painted Red’ shouts out summer time! The two-tone blossoms cover a very aggressive plant that loves heat and sun.






Sneak Peak

Our first shipments of garden accessories have arrived! And there are some very nice things. Judy has her dibs on the giant green frog. Soni kinda likes the horses.

There are now angels among us! St Francis is nearly 30 inches tall and soooo nice!


We have big frogs and little frogs.


Vases and tea lights to decorate your patio.

And wall art with horses in mind!

We open for the 2016 Spring season April 11!

It’s coming!

It may be white and snowy out there, but spring is right around the corner! Growing up the in the florist industry, I was conditioned that as soon as the last Valentine’s arrangement went out the door, we switched gears and started thinking about seeding peppers,


planting up geraniums,


taking cuttings, making sure the furnaces are in working order.

Snow outside coldframe (2)Generators, too! March has the most unstable weather of the year, I swear!


Soon this winter flag for a hydrangea will be snipped away and green, hardy foliage will emerge, tiny buds will push up and new, bright green and creamy white blossoms will replace this tired reminder of last summer.

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The butterfly weed seeds which scattered from these perfect pods will germinate in the moist soil and create new food for monarch butterflies.


These scrawny, sorry hanging baskets…….

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will bring a smile to the faces of anyone driving down Highway 5 mid-summer (except, of course, those poor guys who take such good care of them!)


Fall planted bulbs will peek out their brave little faces, only to take a hit from winter. The flowers always win, though!


And, of course, spring brings Container workshops and Dirty Dining!

We are also in the process of adding new events, such as a Gallery on the Go painting evening, classes on herbs, succulents and more.


I just can’t wait!!!!!!!!