Sunday, December 9, 2012

Christmas in a Winter Garden

Photo Copyright by Dave Pickersgill
Bring Christmas to the garden, filling urns with dogwood twigs and evergreen boughs, table tops with candles and gates with wreaths.When the ground is blanketed with snow and all the world is white, you are blessed with a bright blank canvas. You can see the outline of gates, sheds, birdbaths, benches and urns but there is an urgent need for color.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Two Best Traditional Plants for Winter Gardens

Holly (Ilex aquifolium)
Photo Copyright by Miss Steel
Holly and Mistletoe have a long tradition in the cottage garden and folklore of old England, and those traditions have become part of the Christian festive season.

Winter is the festive season, and much of that festivity includes lots of greenery, both inside the house and out. The old cottage gardeners of England were strong proponents of evergreens because many of the those plants had particular meanings and were welcomed and honored over Christmas.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Winter Window Boxes and Pots

Many people plant a mix of perennials and annuals in their window boxes and container pots. When the weather turns cold and the garden prepares itself for dormancy, it's time to move those plants. Some annuals can be re-potted and brought indoors. Perennials can be replanted into the garden before the ground freezes. You will be left with an empty window box or pot, but there a few things you can do to brighten them up.  
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