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A Gift of Generosity

December 11, 2020

“Orange” you excited to see what’s in your stocking this Christmas? Hanging stockings on the mantle started as just your everyday household chore. They were washed, then hung on the fireplace mantle to dry. So why has placing oranges in them at Christmas time become a tradition? There are many different theories on this tradition, some based on history, some based on folklore. Either way, getting an orange in your stocking for Christmas was a treasured gift. Legend has it that back in the 4th century, a certain gentleman, the Bishop of Mya (the real St. Nicholas) gave three balls…


Christmas Tree O’ Christmas Tree

December 7, 2020

Similar to most products in 2020, Christmas trees have been in short supply. Colonial Gardens is proud to offer the Kansas City area beautiful, Frasier Fir cut trees for their homes this holiday season. This crop of Frasier Fir trees come from our friends at Northern Family Farms in Wisconsin. Not only are Christmas trees stunning to look at, but they also smell like the scents of the holidays we all wish for our home. When you visit Colonial Gardens, you will notice our Christmas trees are hung from the rafters in the nursery. This is a little different than…


Caring for Fresh Evergreens

November 20, 2020

Keep the Green, in Your Holiday Greens Representing the everlasting life, goodwill, and hope for the return of spring. Fresh evergreens present many decorative options for the holidays. Here are a few tips to extend the freshness and fragrance of your greens. Plan Ahead If buying for a specific event, aim to purchase within 2 weeks of the desired date. If you buy ahead of time, keep them outside (in a shaded area) or in a cool garage or basement until needed. Spray with water every 2-3 days until ready to use. Soak Select and recut any branches you plan…


Mushroom & Herb Crusted Stuffed Chicken Breast

November 15, 2020

Ingredients: 2 Chicken Breast 1 c raw spinach 1/4 c plain goat cheese 1/4 c Running Rivers mushroom crumbs or bread crumbs 1 Tbsp chopped fresh thyme 1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley 1 clover garlic, minced 1/2 tsp Kosher salt 2 Tbsp olive or nut oil Fresh ground pepper to liking Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Tenderize chicken breast by placing it between two pieces of wax paper. Using a tenderizing mallet, flatten out breast until it's half its original thickness. Set off to the side. Mix together mushroom or breadcrumbs with fresh chopped thyme, 1/2 tsp salt, 1…


Fall Maintenance

November 13, 2020

Fall is the season when we wrap up summer and prepare for winter both inside and outside the home. Cleanup is something that should be added to every homeowner's list. It's a simple task that will help aid in the success of keeping plants overwinter and giving them a good start to spring. Travis and Valerie take us around some beds at Colonial and give us a quick tutorial on some easy fall maintenance chores, take a look! Pruning Cut dormant perennials or shrubs 2"-4" from the root. You want to clean up areas where leaves gather as these can…


Spinach Strawberry Salad

November 1, 2020

Ingredients: 1 pint of sliced strawberries 1 bag of spinach 1 pkg. sliced, toasted almonds Dressing: 1 TBSP poppy seeds ¼ c. cider vinegar ½ c. sugar ¼ tsp paprika ½ c. vegetable oil Mix dressing and pour over spinach, strawberries and almonds just before serving.


Stuffed Zucchini Boats

October 28, 2020

Ingredients: 3 Zucchini 1 lb. river watch beef/or harmony farms chorizo 1 C wild rice/white rice mix prepared 1 clove garlic 1 small onion 1 T chopped fresh herbs: oregano, Genovese or sweet basil, mixed Arp Rosemary 1 32 oz. jar marinara sauce ½ C Parmesan Cheese ½ C Hemme Brothers Cheese Curds ½ c Hemme Mozzarella 1 T chopped fresh Italian parsley Directions: Pre-Heat over to 350 degrees. Trim stems from zucchini, slice lengthwise, scoop out seeds put into bowl. Saute the onion and garlic Mix seeds with beef, rice, parmesan, cheese curds and mixed fresh herbs and stuff…


All About Trees

October 23, 2020

It's beauty, history, structure, and nature are what we enjoy about trees. They can be intimidating and overpowering, but it's our job to take care of them and continue planting. Colonial Gardens is proud to offer our knowledge and experience to our customers. Whether it's identifying what kind of tree is in your backyard, or why the leaves of your tree are turning brown, we've gathered the most commonly asked questions from our followers and put our experts to the test! When is the best time to prune my tree? Expand While it depends on the tree, it's typically best…


Grilled Herb Turkey Burgers

October 15, 2020

Ingredients: 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1/2 medium red onion, minced 4 minced garlic cloves 2 pounds ground turkey meat, preferably from the legs and thighs 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 teaspoon black pepper 1/2 cup loosely packed chopped parsley 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary 1 tablespoon minced fresh sage 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme Directions: Sauté onions and garlic: Sauté the chopped onion in olive oil for 3 minutes over medium heat. Add the garlic and sauté for another 2 minutes, or until the garlic begins to brown. Remove from heat. Transfer the onions, garlic, and oil to…


Missouri Invasive Tree Species

October 15, 2020

The top invasive trees/shrubs in our area: • Callery Pear (Pyrus calleryana) • Golden Rain Tree (Koelreuteria paniculata) • Amur honeysuckle (Lonicera maacki) • Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) • Autumn Olive (Elaeagnus umbellata) What makes a plant invasive? An invasive species is any species, either introduced or that escapes cultivation to take over and choke out native growing plants. Typically, this occurs because of rapid growth, copious seed or fruit production and hardiness or ability to acclimate to the area of invasion. This is especially true in the case of all plants listed above, almost all of these plants were…


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