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Hopefully you’ve already protected vulnerable plants from the snow and ice and spread a good layer of mulch around the roots. With the storms we’ve had, you might have had some damage to branches and it’s a good idea to cut of broken bits to prevent disease later on.
If the winter continues in this crazy cold fashion, you might not be able to do all that much outside other than some basic clean up, but, you can plan for the spring and summer.
If you’d like some inspiration for that dream garden, especially if you want it to be waterwise, check out these plans. Then make a list of what you’ll need to move and what plants you’d like to see. Pay attention to creating colour and texture during all the seasons of the year. If you get stuck, or aren’t sure where to start,we’d be happy to help you.
Although you might not get much done outside during January, as you can see, there’s plenty of gardening to be done!
Composting is good for your garden. It’s good for the landfills because you’re minimizing what you put into them. It saves money – you don’t need to purchase compost!
It can be a bit of hassle developing the composting habit, especially come the winter months, but it is worth it.
These two main components combine to supply the necessary elements for the composting process: carbon and nitrogen. Composting needs 1 part nitrogen to 3 parts carbon.
When it’s cold and it’s wet, the last thing you want to do is traipse out to the compost bin with your food scraps, open it up the bin, put the scraps in and then turn the bin. That’s enough to put anyone off composting!
Instead what you can do is to take your food scraps, chop them up if necessary and put them in a plastic bag in your freezer. When the weather warms up, you can simply take out the bags a few at a time, let them defrost and then put them into the compost bin.
This way your composting habit will be reinforced, your compost bin will quickly get back in production and your garden will thank you! So will the landfills!
Christmas greens on your door and mantle that is! Here are a few videos from our friends at Garden Answer which demonstrate very nicely just how to make a Christmas Wreath and Garland.
How to make a Christmas Wreath:
How to make a Garland:
Remember – we have all the fresh greens you need plus lots of trimmings to make the perfect Christmas wreath and garland! If you prefer to buy these ready made, we have them here for you!
There’s nothing brighter and more quintessentially a Christmas plant than Pointsettia. Keeping it looking good – or even keeping it going so that it’s alive and well for the following year takes a little attention.
First of all, make sure that you don’t forget to water them frequently, but, whatever you do, don’t allow the pot to stand in water. Remove the tray underneath so the pot can fully drain. Pointsettias come from warmer, dryer climates so they like to be warm and dry – cold feet aren’t good for them! Make sure they get plenty of light. They especially like sunlight.
Evergreen Christmas wreaths and garlands. When you purchase the ‘fixings’ to make your Christmas wreath and garlands, choose the freshest possible. Soak them in water overnight before you make them up. This helps them to absorb moisture and stay fresher longer. You can also gently mist them every few days to maintain them even longer.
Amaryllis makes a delightful show at this time of year and they’re popular as hostess gifts too! Because they’re bulbs you can enjoy them for years to come with just a little care. Water sparingly – perhaps every 3 to 7 days. Don’t let them get too cold. If they freeze they will die. When the blooms fade, cut them off to encourage reblooming. Keep them in a pot as they prefer this to being planted in the ground.
The key to a great evergreen border is to not insist that everything be evergreen. That might sound like a contradiction, but stay with me here…
Take a hedge / border that incoporates evergreen boxwood (you can use the single green or variegated variety) teamed with ornamental grasses, red Japanese Maple and Rhododendron.
The Boxwood and Rhododendron provide a solid anchor giving privacy while the ornamental grasses and red Japanese Maple provide color, texture and architecture.
Boxwood and Rhododendron are evergreen and don’t normally lose their leaves here on the West Coast. Red Japanese Maples do lose their leaves. They provide height and visual interest throughout the year – first with the foliage and then with the bare branches.
Ornamental grasses can be added between or in front of the Boxwood, Rhododendron and Japanese Maples providing softness and movement.
Throw in a Goldy™ euonymus as an inner border along the edge of the hedge for added pizzazz. This is a very versatile and showy, glossy gold-leafed plant can be used as a ground cover, climber, or even a small shrub.
Voila! An evergreen hedge with colour and interest! Plus, it’s low maintenance!
Because kids have short attention spans and like instant gratification it’s a good idea to do a variety of projects – some with immediate payoff and some where they’ll learn patience as they wait for results.
Here are a few ideas to keep kids busy and engaged:
Planting patience: teach your kids about the virtues of patience while you teach more about how nature works with these projects:
Fall is a beautiful season so why not enjoy it to the fullest?
There may not be too many colourful flowers at this time of year, but you can still create a show by combining plants with colourful foliage, texture and shape. Look for plants with interesting bark, berries, shapes and foliage. When it comes to containers, you’ll find lots of choice for colourful Fall foliage.
Here are a few ideas for plants that provide colour:
To get the best results from your Fall container gardening, here are some tips on the planting process http://tanglebank.com/blog/container-gardening-101/
If you are not sure how to choose compatible container companion plants, our friendly and talented horticulturalists can help you by offering suggestions and laying out these suggestions in groupings so that you can see what they would look like in a container.
They’ll also be happy to give you information on how to take care of your containers so that they continue to provide visual interest all year long.
The ever popular Frasier Fir from Thymes – Fragrances, Candles, Soaps and more
Cucina by Fruits and Passion
Decor for the season:
from IngeGlas, Christian Ulbricht and more
Handbags, jewellery and scarves:
Plus Rogers Chocolates for everyone!
And plenty for the kids as well:
Paper Whites and Amaryllis
Remember to collect your Holiday Dollars and redeem them in December!
So many choices… so little time!