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Friday, December 12, 2014
Posted By: Laurelle Olfdord-Down in Christmas

Let's be honest. At this time of year your garden can look a little drab, dreary and down-right ugly. The holidays give us an opportunity to spruce things up a little. No pun intended. Here are 5 great outdoor decorating ideas for the holidays to bring a little festive cheer to your home.

Christmas Hanging Baskets

Holiday Hanging Baskets

Honest, they look amazing! Don’t empty your old planters just clip off the dead top bits. Make sure the soil is damp and then stick in greens, twigs, holly and even some glitter. At our house that is often where old ornaments go for their last hurrah. They look awesome in the winter hanging baskets! I like to hang these low, below eye level so that folks can look down into them.

Winter Planters

Winter Planters

We’ll be enjoying these longer than our summer planters! I mix in smaller evergreens like Lemon Cypress, low creepers like Wintergreen, some evergreen Hart’s Tongue Ferns and tuck a couple packages of bulbs into my planters too. I do leave gaps because I like to fill mine with evergreen boughs and bows and some old outdoor lanterns for a bit of sparkle and glow.

As we get closer to spring I remove some of the spent evergreen boughs to allow for the bulbs to come up and then tuck in a couple of pansies or Primulas. My winter pots are constantly evolving. I can add a little more red as we get close to Valentine’s day and…well…you get the picture. For the summer I move them into the background or even on to the back deck where they’ll get a bit more shade.

Door Swags and Garland

Swags and Garlands

Awesome and simple. Ok mostly simple…wear gloves so you don’t stab yourself with the wire and branches of the garland and then swear in front of your neighbours kids. With the garlands you can place around the door frame or to one side. Make sure you they will not get caught in the door as you open and close it.

Keep your swags and garlands misted if we have clear and cold weather and they are real. If they are everlasting, you get to skip this step! If we get our usual winter weather, Mother Nature can take care of the misting. Come in and visit us at the nursery and you can sip hot chocolate and look at the different ways we have used the garlands if you need some ideas!

Christmas Wreaths

Wreaths

From greens to pinecones to bells and berries. Too many to choose from. What is interesting is that folks will also put them in unexpected places like a shed that you walk by or see out the window. I’ve even spotted a mini wreath overtop of a dog door. Hot this year are Boxwood wreaths, in both round and square. You can even get a diamond shaped one ... (inside joke :) )

Holiday Illumination and Lanterns

Lanterns

Illumination of all kinds is a given. Choose simple, beautiful or even sparkly. Classic lanterns look way better than cheesy big-box Christmas lights. Group them together indoors or out. Mix sizes and colours. Fill not only with candles or led candles but pinecones or glittery Christmas balls.

Have a fantastic, cozy and safe Christmas! Come in and take a gander at our Christmas Market…the hot chocolate is on and we even have mini marshmallows!! You can wander around and pick up some great Christmas ideas from our fabulous designers! We're open until Dec 24th to serve you. We've also got more tips for decorating your indoor space for the holidays.


Friday, December 12, 2014
Posted By: Laurelle Olfdord-Down in Christmas

If you are busy with shopping, visiting and other events this season but still want to pull off a bit of sparkle and panache with your Christmas décor here are 5 easy indoor WOW elements to have fun with.

Christmas Terrariums and Miniature Gardening

Think Small - Miniature Gardens

Miniature gardens and terrariums are hot, hot, hot! They are also fascinating to look at and incredibly easy to make. You can create a miniature world out of succulents, ferns and moss and teeny tiny twigs, airplants and driftwood or you can even take a page out of our fearless leader Rebecca’s Pinterest design book and make a simple, stylish and seriously awesome bulb terrarium with paperwhites, gravel, moss and a mason jar!

Natural Décor for Christmas

Natural Is In

Natural is in this year! Decorate your mantel with evergreen boughs, pinecones, bark and berries or add some wooden ornaments and pinecones to your tree. Who would have ever thought that barnwood and burlap would be a design trend? You can even fill a decorative wooden bowl with pinecones. Now this is a design idea that is just my cup of herbal tea and will go brilliantly with my woolly socks and sandals. Seriously though, bringing a bit of nature inside is an elegantly simple and cozy decorating idea.

Mixed Metals

Mixed Metals - Silver and Gold

If the natural look isn’t for you mixed metals can glitz up your loft, dining table, mantel or anywhere you want to create some eye candy! The hot trend in sparkle this year is mixing silver, gold and bronze…together!!! I KNOW right?!!!

Christmas Birds

Birds

Everything from natural looking nests to full on beaded glittery doves do woolen red Cardinals. Birds and birdhouses are also hot this year. One of our most popular trees at the Christmas fair was the tall birdhouse tree. I am going to add some natural looking felted birds to my twigs, greens and pinecones for a 1-2 punch of style! KABAM!!

Pinterest Florals

Pinterest Florals

Pinterest has created a resurgence in design and is an incredible source of inspiration. Many of the design ideas you'll see help bring a little bit of sunshine (aka flowers) into your house. This is a timeless tradition. Paperwhites, Amaryllis, Christmas Cactus in bloom all remind us Spring is just around the corner. With Paperwhites and Hyacinth there is also a heavenly fragrance. They are also fun, economical and….dare I say…educational! Succulents are incredibly hot right now too. Did you know you could use succulents and airplants as christmas tree ornaments?

Painted Poinsettias

Painted Poinsettias

Everybody loves using the classic red, white or pink poinsettias in their festive decorating endeavors. However, if you are looking for something a little different, how about blue, purple or sparkling ones? A little bit of floral paint, some glitter and a whole lot of love and you have the makings of something extraordinary.

Need more help decorating your home for the holidays? Drop by Art's Nursery and our design specialists would be happy to make suggestions and provide advice. We're open everyday until Dec 24.


Thursday, December 12, 2013
Posted By: Laurelle Olfdord-Down in Christmas

December came in with a frosty blast of winter cold. We might actually make a winter of it this year and if we’re lucky (or not, depending on your point of view) we might see even more snow. Here is your list, it’s a small one, you are likely busy enough!

Is it Too Late To Plant?

We often get the question, 'Is it too late to plant?'. In Metro Vancouver, the answer is no. You can always plant around here... except if the ground is frozen. So take a break right now, but once we warm up to our regular 5-10 degrees through December, it is generally ok to plant. If in doubt, give us a call at 604.882.1201.

As crazy as it sounds, sometimes it is important to water your plants in winter. Often the main culprit of winter plant death is wind - which tends to dry and dessicate plants. When it is above freezing, water once or twice during the month if the rains are scarce. Try to find the balance between over watering and under watering. Very few, if any plants want to sit in cold standing water.

Winter Lawn Care

Lawns

Not much you can do while it’s frozen, just remember heavy traffic on the lawn while it’s frozen will cause some wear and tear. Take note of any poorly drained areas to adjust in warmer weather.

Garden Beds

Please don’t work garden beds when the ground is frozen, it compacts the ground and wreaks havoc on the grounds natural drainage. Water just seems to sit in a heavily trodden garden bed making your plants very unhappy. If you feel the need to garden, do it on paper! Plan for the springs projects, research plants and peruse online or hardcopy seed catalogues. With the leaves off it is probably easier to note any plants that need to be moved or divided in spring.

Winter Tree Care

Trees and Shrubs

You can thin things a little bit but leave your main pruning for late winter. If the ground is not frozen, you can move or add trees and shrubs but be sure to water them in…it isn’t to give your plant a drink, but rather to get rid of air pockets which could would cause frost heaves -most annoying when you’ve gone through all that trouble to plant your tree straight!

Winterizing Palm Trees

We’ve had a lot of questions about winterizing palms. Some palms need a greenhouse or other protection and you can check with the Pacific Northwest Palm Society for specific needs of more exotic palms. The best advice I’ve had for Windmill Palm Trees is to string non-led Christmas lights up the stem and leave them turned on during the colder evenings…I believe 7 watt Christmas lights were mentioned. Pretty and effective! Avoid wrapping them with burlap as it collects water and freezes which will damage the growing crown. If you are so inclined, you could build a little greenhouse around them to shelter them from the cold wind.

Winter Palm Tree Care

Pots & Containers

With that first dry run of cold weather, evaluate your winterizing, make sure your smaller pots at least are clustered up close to the house or are insulated in some way. Bags of leaves are pretty handy insulators as is carpet underlay and bubble wrap.

Tools, Mowers etc.

If you haven’t already winterized them and emptied the gas out of the mower do so now…saves you and your equipment a lot of trouble.

Feed the Birds in Winter

Feed the Birds!

Make sure bird feeders are clean and ready to go. Suet balls and peanut butter pinecones rolled in seeds are pretty cool outdoor Christmas decorations…and they attract your colourful feathered neighbours.

Have a fantastic December and a very warm and Merry Christmas! Take some time to sit a spell outside in a garden, or a park or a forest with a warm drink and look at the winter magic all around you, it is truly inspiring.

Cheers...

Laurelle


Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Posted By: Laurelle Olfdord-Down in Christmas

In this short video, Laurelle helps you choose the best Christmas tree from the options available in the Pacific Northwest. Each type of Christmas tree has different features, benefits and characteristics. Some have great fragrance, others have long lasting needles. Learn the difference between them in this information christmas tree video.

Some of the trees mentioned in the video include:

  • Noble Fir
  • Nordman Fir
  • Fraser Fir
  • Douglas Fir
  • Grand Fir

For more information about Christmas trees at Art's Nursery visit our Christmas Tree Information Page.  Flocked Christmas Trees also available.

Want to save money on your christmas tree? Download our 2013 Christmas tree coupon!


Sunday, December 1, 2013
Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Christmas

If you're like me, Christmas shopping can be challenging experience as you carefully seek out something interesting, unique, yet useful for friends and colleagues - without breaking the bank! In this first part of a two part post, I'll share with you some of my favourite gift ideas for 2013

Home Fragrance Products

Lampe Berger and Thymes products are two fantastic ways of filling your holiday home with fragrance.

Thymes Frasier Fir

 

Thymes Frasier Fir products are available as either a spray mist, a votive or a candle. When used or lit, their delightful scent makes you feel like your sitting next to the freshest fraser fir christmas tree you can imagine.

Lampe Berger Fragrances

Lampe Berger probably needs no introduction. This line of delightful home fragrance lamps, from basic to timeless, ranging from modern and trendy to limited editions are sure to please. Lampe Berger products create air that is both clean and fragrant. Responding to the need for disinfection in hospitals, Maurice Berger invented a system of diffusion by catalysis. This revolutionary technology purifies the air in closed rooms and when coupled with fragrance adds a delightful perfumed scent to your home.

Simply purchase a lamp, fill it with the fragrance of your choice, insert the wick and light.Within 20 minutes an average sized room will be filled with a delightful scent. Some of the available fragrance families include:

  • Dreams of Exploration
  • Dreams of Flowers
  • Oriental Dreams
  • Sweet Dreams
  • Dreams of Fruits
  • Pure Dreams
  • Dreams of Freshness
  • Functionals

Terrariums and Airplants

Anything Airplant or Terrarium

Airplants, also known as Tillandsias, are hot right now. These plants do not require roots or soil to grow and therefore are perfect for busy people or those who like to use the phrase 'low maintenance gardening' a lot. Simply place the airplant into or onto any surface with bright, but indirect sunlight and mist it occasionally. That's all the care it needs.

For an artistic flair, plant to airplant in a terrarium, a glass hanging globe, a hanging planter or even directly on a wall using the 'Thigmotrope'. Yes, that's really what its called. Screw it into any wall and place the airplant right on it.

Garden Tools are Great Gifts

New Garden Tools

Gardeners and landscapers just have a way of losing, damaging or breaking tools. It's just the way it is... Treat your loved one to a brand new set of pruners, weeders, cultivators or other type of tool. It's the only way to ensure the 'honey-do' list will ever get looked at.

Christmas Ornaments at Arts Nursery

Christmas Ornaments

A great little tradition is to give one really nice Christmas ornament to your friends or loved ones each and every year. A particularly fun approach is to find ornaments that describe or match their personality or hobbies. It's also a nice method to avoid resorting to those boring blobs of coloured plastic being sold in box-stores.

Amaryllis Bulb

Amaryllis Bulbs

Next to the poinsettia, Amaryllis bulbs make a fantastic Christmas gift. These huge South African bulbs are great for indoor planters. Get them in the ground quick and they may even bloom by Christmas. Buy a cool variety, choose a nice indoor planter and soil, add a bow or bauble and it's ready to go. There are so many cool varieties available that choosing one is half the fun!

9 Amaryllis Varieties for 2013

Bird Feeders at Arts Nursery

Bird Feeders

A large part of a garden is the wildlife it attracts. Add a stylish or functional bird feeder and watch the chickadees and other birds magically flit and flutter in search of food. This is especially rewarding when it is cold out as food sources can run low for our feathered friends.

Hellebore Joshua

Hellebores

They don't call them the Christmas Rose for nothing! These evergreen perennials are one of the few hardy plants that will actually bloom in the winter. As they are shade loving, they also make great houseplants as long as your home isn't too warm or too dry. Hellebores come in what may seem hundreds of named varieties and colours, but the most popular are pure white, yellow, pink, dark red and even dark purple or near black.

Arts Nursery Gift Card

Art's Nursery Gift Cards

When all other ideas just aren't working, Art's Nursery does offer gift cards. Whether your friend or significant other needs landscape quantities or just a little treasure, gift cards give them the freedom to choose the item that speaks to them personally. Available in any denomination up to $250 dollars.

Stay tuned for part two of great gift ideas for 2013!


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