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SPRING TIME TEARS

By Starr Potratz

Hello beautiful people!!! You will understand my title as you read on.

First I hope all ya'll have been scooping up the delights Boss Moss brought back from the plant show. I'm sure everybody enjoyed that sun-shiny weather here along Lake Erie and hopefully it spread further out.

Which leads me to talk about not being disappointed with the first show of our early bloomers. These days of sunny euphoria are pretty and gives us lake people a reprieve from the other end of that joy ...our lake effect snow. In all reality it is coaxing out early bloomers but worse yet it can go beyond and hit our later spring affecting our booty from the fruit trees.

So Plant Lady recommends trust YOUR limits! A job too big ...is a job too BIG. Bulbs are easi...

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BOSS MOSS IS BACK

By Starr Potratz

What is 53 feet long and brings great deals? I won't make you wait any longer. The truck is in from the big TPIE Florida plant show! It's time to fill your fruit bowls with fruit! We have the best selection of Citrus Trees and Plants...

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Grapefruit!!!

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THE BEST GIFT

By Starr Potratz

Lets start with THANK YOU, we have been busy even having Santa

help deliver Christmas plants,gifts,fresh trees and joy. The most important

gifts are those we already have that being family and friends. My Christmas wish

to you is that the presents around your tree are the presence of those you love.

Please travel safe and enjoy and may your new year be blessed and full of

love, peace and health. Thank YOU from everyone at Potratz Floral shop & Green

house's . Happy Holidays , Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

SMORGASBORD

By Starr Potratz

The weather outside is frightful and the cold temperatures are horrid... this we all know.

What we need to remember is this affects our wildlife's food sources. Deer and bunnies are the top two criminals when they can't get their native materials. For example my Spice Bush Viburnum went from 5' to 3' when it was devoured... thank goodness the lower part was buried in snow! I also lost a specimen Dwarf Burning Bush one of their favorites. We have to be forgiving for they know not what landscape costs. Deer love Arborvitae, English Yew and our treasured Azalea flower buds... there goes spring blossoms.

Solution: Hardware Cloth, Netting or certain topical Repellants... I've heard Irish Spring soap works to keep the critters away athough I c...

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Holiday Safety and Choice's

By Starr Potratz

Holiday swag is flying out the door at Potratz Floral Shop & Greenhouses.

Fresh Trees & Wreaths, Poinsettias, Christmas Cactus, Amarylis, Holiday Ornaments, Tropical Green & Blooming Plants, and Floral Arrangements to complete your Holiday Decor are all available for pick up or delivery.

This Holiday Helper wants to make sure you have the information on potential hazards with some of the well known holiday plants that have toxic effects as listed by the AKC. which are Holly, Azaleas, Kalanchoes, Bird of Paradise and Lillies. This by no means is extent of the list of plants, shrubs, or cut flowers. Allergic or toxic reactions can happen to anyone.

Safety Choices: Let's not leave out Tinsel and other hazards to pets and unknowing children.

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GIVE THANKS

By Starr Potratz

On behalf of the entire family and associates here at Potratz Floral Shop & Greenhouse's Inc. we THANK YOU!!!!!!! Without you who would we share our passion for plants and flowers with? The mums have been flying out the door, don't worry we still have some left but limited quantity so get over here and check it out.

This coming next two weeks will be amazing, with our Open House and Women's Expo. where we have lots of great holiday ideas, savings in both the Greenhouse and Floral Shop. Just because our days are approaching the end of 2016 doesn't stop this family from going strong. Let's finish strong with beautiful fall and holiday deals. Come see what's new and if it's old there's a good chance it can be yours at great savings.

Again, ...

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MUMS & MORE

By Starr Potratz

Thank you for your support at the Wine Fest in Gibson Park this past weekend. The annual North East Wine Festival is a favorite to many. Whether it is the local fruits of the vine or to grab your favorite festival foods we hope everyone had a fantastic weekend.

Potratz has enjoyed bringing you quality locally grown chrysanthemums, annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs and unique tropical interior plants. Our knowledgeable staff will help to ensure a happy growing experience.

Upcoming events: We will be selling our locally grown Mum Plants at Peek N Peak's Fall Festival Oct. 8-9 and 15-16 so come and see what we will have available and blooming.

And as always, we can be reached by phone 814-453-5501 at the Greenhouse & 814-454-1549 for t...

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Beauties & Beasties

By Starr Potratz

As the family grower , quality control , and the OZ of questions or the holder of the magic 8 ball.

hold on '' oh magic 8 ball will curious minds read Starrs Blog, Sweet the 8 ball said ''AS I See it YES''Yeah.

Out in the field rain or shine I'm seeing fuzzy and different caterpillars. You know me and research

I looked at a u tube on these buggers. I'm not talking child hood woolly bears that give us FUN , These are

pale yellow,orange brown ,white , some sporting black spikes. We are talking stinging burning nasty BITES!!!

As a true victim , The bite stung itched and took it's own sweet time healing.,won't touch one of

them again OUCH. And yellow jackets on green foliage, not even in flower. Lets pay close attention to

picking them up or...

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Crazy Love

By Starr Potratz

Lets talk gardening, I survived asparagus over load and zucchini invasion now

tomatoes. I don't mean to sound cranky , But could it just come on a little bit easier ?

Mother nature is not something to recon with. She can bless you or spank your

bottom. This sounds like I'm crying but actually bringing to light plant a row for the hungry.

People out there love this food donation and it helps our neighbors get GREAT nutrition

from what we grow and can't consume. Needless to say it makes you feel good and them.

So the next time you are looking at an 8 qt. basket of "what am I going to do with

all this", Share your wealth or should we say health.!!!!!!!

Sincerely, Starr the plant lady

GROW ENOUGH!

By Starr Potratz

One of the soils we carry has these words on the bag, Plant a row for the hungry.

My husband Boss Moss and myself hand out our bounty freely. We have also donated plants

to grow for several community gardens in the Erie area. WE at Potratz green house also give away

tomatoes to our customers and others.

Now when I worked in sales at the green house I always recommended during veggie

season to plant extra so that way the gardener got some produce as well ( LOL) . Which

leads me to this. My "RESEARCH" an article I read stated to plant cucumber and zucchini around your corn.

The rough prickly nature of the plants would detour raccoons away. Well plant a row for the hungry

the rabbits,whistle pigs,deer. I believe they...

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1418 Buffalo Road,

Erie, PA 16503