Archive for November, 2011

Tips for Strawberries and Strawberry Plants

November 6th, 2011

Just the thought of strawberries brings to mind summer, shortcake, jelly and chocolate. Bite into a strawberry and it explodes in your mouth making your tongue tingle with delight. With the red heart shape of the strawberry, no wonder it’s the symbol for Venus, the goddess of love. Maybe that’s why strawberries go so perfectly with chocolate and champagne.

A member of the rose family, it is documented that strawberries have been enjoyed as a domesticated fruit as early as the 1400’s. Now, we know the nutritional value of strawberries. They contain amino acids and beta-carotene as well as A, C, E, K, B-complex vitamins.  An excellent source of calcium, iron, potassium, manganese, copper and zinc, strawberries are high in sugar so should be eaten in moderation.

Some of my favorite ways to enjoy the fruits of strawberry plants are serving on waffles (Yummy!), in a spinach salad with walnuts, in a cucumber & strawberry salad, or served with only a splash of balsamic vinegar. Harvest strawberries in early summer and freeze to preserve them for future use.

Tips for strawberries:

  • Do not wash berries until ready to eat
  • Remove caps after washing
  • Store in colander (or vented container) in refrigerator for air circulation
  • Remove from refrigerator 1 hour before serving
  • To whiten teeth – mash one strawberry and mix with baking soda, brush on teeth and leave on for 5 minutes then rinse

Greenwood Nursery will begin shipping strawberry plants in mid November. Recommended zones are lower 6, 7, 8 and 9. Mid zone 6 and north will schedule to ship in spring.

Choose from our All Star StrawberriesCardinal StrawberriesOzark Beauty Strawberries and Sweet Charlie Strawberries.

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Best Plants for Fall Color

November 6th, 2011

My first visit to Paris was the fall of 2000. I took my daughter there to celebrate her 21st birthday and our visit was perfect. Each day we walked for miles and miles taking in all that is Paris. The colors were vibrant and the air crisp.

Taking the train to the countryside brought even more wonders of autumn. Chartres, Versailles and Bruges were ablaze with even more reds, oranges and browns. Walking through parks and peeping into courtyards, we could see many plant varieties that are common to most areas of the U.S.

France’s positioning, much like that of New England, is perfect for experiencing the colors of fall foliage. The most popular flowering shrubs and trees, along with some of their favorite smaller growing evergreen plants, used in French gardens are listed here.

Herbs were everywhere, planted in landscapes, huge pots in the courtyards, window boxes. Most days we could see apartment windows open. I would stop and take in the air imagining how wonderful it must be with slight breezes brushing over the thyme, rosemary and mint carrying the fragrances throughout the living spaces.

It is ironic that we travel to exotic destinations for new experiences and scenery, but, once there, we find certain familiarity which is probably what most of us enjoy most. Whether you are in Paris or Nashville, autumn is in full swing in the Northern Hemisphere. Time to plant, time to enjoy!

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Enter Greenwood’s Weekly Plant Give Away

November 3rd, 2011

Sunday, November 6 · 6:00pm – 9:00pm


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“Like” our fan page and you will be entered into our weekly Plant Give Away. Once you like our fan page, be sure to visit the Greenwood Nursery Fan Page at least once during the following weeks to be automatically entered in each weekly give away.

Each week during the spring and fall months, Greenwood Nursery gives away plants and other fun items to members of the Greenwood Nursery Facebook Fan Page. Winners are announced on Sunday evenings on the Greenwood Nursery Facebook Fan Page and the Greenwood Nursery Staff Page.

Winner has the following week to get contact the Greenwood Nursery office to claim their prize. Greenwood Nursery staff is available Monday through Friday, 8am to 4pm central time at 1-800-426-0958.

Prizes can only be shipped to addresses within the continental United States. Winners must be 18 years old or older to win.

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