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

I’m pretty excited…I think I’m going to go for a real Christmas tree this year and move Old Faithful downstairs into the TV room. I have my eye on a pretty little Noble Fir and if it doesn’t get sold at the nursery tomorrow I am going to stuff it into the car and bring it home with me!

I’ve managed to get tree sap all over me each time I work with the Christmas trees. Yesterday was no different but I was in a rush because my parents were coming over for dinner so I didn’t wash up before I left the nursery. I had to run speedy quick into the grocery store to find something that looked homemade for dinner.

Laurelle

For the love of Pete, if you see a lady with frizzy grey hair and pine needles sticking out of it, tree sap all over her hands, pants, jacket and hair and somehow…charcoal rubbed onto her NOSE (I have no idea how I did that…maybe it was from the firepit at the store) please let me know!! I thought people were getting into the spirit of the holiday with all the chuckling and smiling, though the lady with the two young girls who grabbed them and moved quickly away from me did give me pause, they were probably just fleeing the crazy lady. Enough about my hijinks…let me give you your list!

Trees and Shrubs

Prune any of the three d’s…dead, damaged or diseased. If you have nice bushy conifers, take some cuttings and use them in some simple swags, wreaths, winter planters or even just bring them in and put some cut stems in a vase. You can plant new hardy trees and shrubs as long as the ground isn’t frozen. Be sure to water in any new even if it’s raining to get rid of air pockets.

If it's not freezing or raining, it is can also be a good time to apply a Dormant Oil  & Lime Sulphur Spray to your fruit trees. This spray smothers over-wintering insects and can help prevent pests and disease during the coming year. Follow the directions on the box for best results.

Christmas Tree Care

Christmas Tree Care

For those of you with an awesome, amazing, traditional, top quality REAL christmas tree from Art's ... (as opposed to those 'everlasting' types...), remember that it will last much longer if well watered and kept in a cooler location away from heat sources like fireplaces and heaters. Never let your Christmas tree stand run out of water or the tree will sap up and dry out much quicker. A decent size tree can take up to a gallon or more of water per day. If you have a small stand, consider getting a larger one to make your life easier. Always turn off Christmas lights if you are away as a precaution. For live trees, now is a good time to bring it in for the holidays. Remember to acclimatize it to the outdoors after the holidays.

Garden Beds

Best not to do a lot of tromping on garden beds, though you can still plant bulbs if you would like to for a burst of colour in the spring. There are usually great sales on bulbs right about now and they can even go in after Christmas. Make sure you give them a gentle squeeze in their package to check they are firm and not dried out or squishy. Many are also available potted at this time of year.

Plants with winter interest

Add Winter Interest To The Garden

Most of us visit garden centres in the Spring and Summer. As a result, our gardens look incredible in those seasons, but rather drab and boring in depths of winter. Consider adding winter interest like Holly, stylish Conifers, Hellebores, Mahonias, Witchhazels, Camellias and even the colourful stems of shrub dogwood. Any evergreen plant will add nice interest at this time of year.

Xmas Indoor Plants

Move the Outdoors In

Plant an indoor garden – check out some cool Terrariums on Pinterest! They are shockingly easy to make and breathtakingly beautiful to look at. Succulents, airplants and cacti are incredibly hot these days.

Plant up winter blooms – from Christmas Cactus, to Amaryllis to Paperwhites and even Orchids… there is nothing so lovely and unexpected in winter than a plant in bloom.

Christmas Planters

Pots & Planters

Add some greens and sparkle to your pots with cut evergreen stems, berries and even some lights or weatherproof glitz! If you have leftover hanging baskets or moss baskets from the summer you can create works of art! No need to empty…just cut off the dead branches and use the remaining soil and roots as a kind of florists oasis.

Make sure it’s good and damp…easy work with this weather. Fill with cut greens, twigs, berries and pine cones, add a touch of sparkle in your theme colour and hang from a low hanger - winter planters are best brought below eye level so you can look down at them and really appreciate the texture and colours.

Feed the Birds!

Peanut butter spread on pinecones and then rolled in seeds are an easy and tasty treat for our feathered friends. Tie on loops of jute string and hang in branches…especially where you can watch and enjoy! Bird feeders make great prezzies!

Daydream, plan, research. Now is the time to plan your next garden project!

Go get outside…even if it’s just for a little bit. Go for a walk and you will be surprised by the beauty of the season, even in the rain. Trust me…its good for you! Take a little time for yourself this season. I wish you a warm, wonderful and safe Christmas!


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


Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Posted By: Laurelle Olfdord-Down in Gardening

Winter FoliageAh, December, you have enough to do this month so don’t worry, the list will wait. For those of you who finished your Christmas shopping in July and who’s organizational skills leave the rest of us mortals in the dust…here is YOUR list:

Maintenance

– clean, oil and sharpen your tools. A bucket of sand is a great shovel cleaner. Fix or recycle any broken equipment. Organize and tidy the work areas on dry days. Be ruthless. Dispose of the old, unused pesticides, paint etc. at your local disposal depot.

You can go to www.metrovancouverrecycles.org and use the drop down menu to find a location for the things you want to recycle.

ConifersTrees

If you are fortunate enough to have some conifers in your yard you can use the trimmings to decorate pots. You can plant any time the ground is not frozen.

You can remove dead, damaged or diseased branches. Save the main pruning for a little later though. You can move trees once they are fully dormant.

Shrubs

Any shrubs with winter colour can also be used in pots. Actually, if you have sparkly spray paint, you can pretty much use any tree or shrub in decorative pots.

Some sprays last longer than others and make sure your branch/leaf/vine is dry before you spray. You can do some tidy up pruning now if you like and moving of hardy shrubs once they are fully dormant. Save your main pruning till January or February though.

Garden beds

Still time to plant your bulbs. Avoid working the ground when its frozen though. You can rake leaves into the beds around the plants to topdress if you like. Save the fertilizing till spring. Take a good look at the bones of your garden beds now that most of the leaves are gone or going and plan any changes now.

Lawns

Avoid heavy traffic on frosty lawns as it will cause damage. Celebrate the absence of mowing!

Ponds

Make sure your ponds don’t freeze over completely as the trapped gasses will kill fish. Your fish are probably not moving much at all and you can hold off on the feeding. There are volumes and even YouTube vids devoted to winter fish care…hunker down with an eggnog latte and get a few tips and tricks for pond and fish care.

White AmaryllisIndoor bulbs

There is still time to try an elegant Amaryllis bulb or start some fragrant Paperwhites on your windowsill.

Birds

Time to stock up on some wild birdseed and make sure your feeders are clean and ready. Peanut butter smeared pinecones rolled in birdseed are a fun and messy craft to do for our feathered friends.

Don’t forget to take a little bit of time for yourself in all the rush this month. You can tuck in with some seed catalogues or a good book.

I’ll leave you with this…I was having a Martha Stewart moment the other day while pulling the lovely burgundy coloured blackberry canes from the back of my garden and thought…Hey, wouldn’t these look great wound into a ball and sprayed with some kind of glittery spray paint and hung from the large tree in my front yard?!

A trip to the local hardware store and two hours of blood and sweat later I came into the house…scratches up both arms, blood dripping from the lobe of one of my ears, multiple puncture wounds in both hands (even though I was wearing heavy duty gloves) and a festive splash of silver spray paint on one knee (always make sure the spray can is pointed at what you want to spray) and stalked into the kitchen.

Hubby smiled serenely and handed me my tea, he said not a word…smart man and calmly and carefully backed away. I think I will have another go at it in a week or so…or maybe I’ll have another Christmas cookie and let the feeling pass.

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Laurelle

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Posted By: Laurelle Olfdord-Down in Gardening

Looks like we’re starting December off rather nicely on the Wet Coast, sunny and cool. After dipping my shopping toes into the danger filled waters of mall Christmas shopping I think I do the rest online, in my pjs and gorilla slippers…while listening to Dave Cooks the Turkey by Stuart McLean. There is not a ton to do in the garden at this time, but a whole lot of daydreaming.
Ok, ok, there are a few things you can still do for those keeners out there.

Here’s the list:

Garden Beds:
You can still plant shrubs and trees so long as the ground is not frozen or mucky and waterlogged. Don’t panic if you haven’t plunked those bulbs in yet, wait until the soil has dried out a bit and then toss them in. Weed if needed, mulch around plants with chopped up leaves or bark mulch (avoid using fruit tree or rose leaves). If you have acid lovers such as blueberries or lingonberries or rhodo’s you can drag fallen pine and fir branches to the garden beds and leave them until the needles fall off and then drag away the branches sans needles.

Plant for Winter Interest
Thisis a great time to look for plants that most spring-only gardeners would miss. The list is actually quite large, for example: camellias, mahonia, hellebores, wintergreen, holly and more
winter plants collage
Pots:
Mother Nature has so handily provided many fallen boughs for me to fill my front planters with. Go for a walk and collect some boughs for swags or garlands. We also have some artfully arranged at the store too. Don’t forget to water those plants under cover outside. While not requiring water every day or even once a week, you’ll still need to water say once every two weeks. Feel the top of the soil and make sure it feels moist. When it dries out, add water.

House Plants:
With the cooler weather, most of us have our furnaces on blowing warm and dry air. Keep an eye on your houseplants, misting and providing pebble trays as needed.

Bulbs for Forcing
you can still start paper whites, Hyacinth and Amaryllis now for late winter blooms.
bulbs for indoor forcing
Lawns:
Those past few winter storms should have taken care of most of the rest of the leaves. Make sure to rake or blow large leaves off of the lawn or you’ll be making extra work for yourself next spring with overseeding all those bare patches.

Seeds:
The seed catalogues should be starting to come in around now and you can settle down with a nice peppermint hot chocolate and a pen and put your feet up and start your wish list. Now is a great time to plan for next year and just think… you don’t have to put up with a pesky garden to-do list until 2012!
Cheers,
Laurelle


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