It’s that time of year again – time to force bulbs to bloom indoors. Huge, gorgeous amaryllis bulbs are always popular in the winter months when little else is in bloom. If you pot up bulbs now and place them in a warm place, many will be in bloom at Christmas or shortly thereafter. They make a wonderful gift as they need little care except for occasional watering.
We’ve just read that one of the key things to inviting happiness and peace into your home is to decorate with plants. We couldn’t agree more. Of course, that goes all year round, but beautiful plants and garden greenery can be a key part of holiday decorating.
Dig This Broadmead will be hosting their annual Christmas Open House on Thursday, November 22 from 10 am to 8 pm.We will be serving Hot Apple Cider and Mo’s famous Ginger Shortbread as usual. A portion of our sales of Christmas merchandise will be donated to Victoria Hospice, as we did last year!
Dig This Sidney will join other Sidney merchants in the annual Sidney Merchants Christmas event on Friday, November 30 from 5 pm to 8:30 pm. Enjoy free horse-drawn carriages, carol singers and the chance to win prizes. Dig This will be serving yummy snacks and warm drinks so please drop by.
If you’re like me, you’ve already been thinking about ways to decorate your home for the holiday season. I love pulling out all the family traditions to make my home welcoming over Christmas. But I also like to try different things each year, some of which become family traditions in their own right!
Being a gardener, my ideas always turn to the wonderful materials I can gather for free from my garden to make my home more festive. It can be as simple as cutting evergreen boughs from your garden and pushing them into the soil in planters that are past their best. Add sparkling Christmas balls, mini-lights, ribbons or even a small lantern and you are well on your way.
For more inspiration, take a look at our latest newsletter – or better yet, visit one of our stores which are all decked out to help you have a wonderful, green and garden-y Christmas.
Elizabeth Cull, Franchise President
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Clean your gardening tools. Wash off the soil, dry them, sharpen them, and then apply a light coating of oil. Here’s link to a 49 second video that shows a neat trick for cleaning tools. If you want to learn to clean your own pruners and loppers, watch this video from the Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County. I particularly like it because it shows how to use different types of sharpening stones. Click on December above to read more.