We frequently remind our clients and friends to give your gardens one last watering at Thanksgiving (if we have not had any substantial snow or rain), this was just such a year. We watered the containers well this past weekend, twice because once we get temps in the single digits or below zero there is no point. We spread the last 8 bags of Biosol on our landscapes and sadly people were coming in asking for more (get a bag or two in September and have at the ready for when snow is imminent). Once we finally tucked away all the hardy trees, shrubs and perennials into the shade where they'll hopefully rest frozen all winter under a blanket of snow, we think about December. Christmastime is here.
We waited until we had numerous cold nights in the low teens before cutting fresh Silvertip christmas trees this year. We have Silvertip from 3' to over 20' and the tallest begin to go quickly after Thanksgiving ...so order one in October if you can. (If you wonder how we select and cut, see the previous post). Our fresh cut full A-Grade and Classic (open-tiered) Grade Noble Fir arrived to our refrigerated climate last week (4-11'). Our grower cut a few Wild Noble Fir for us this year for an interesting change. They have amazingly beautiful foliage but equally amazing wide internodes (the space between whorls of branches) - perfect trees for folks who use actual candles to light their trees (do NOT try this at home!). We bring in a handful of 9-10' Douglas Fir that we keep hidden but that are available.
The Villager Nursery has two new wreath makers this year and we wanted to try a broad assortment of sizes and configurations. We are offering MANY lush wreaths between 30-48" in diameter. We have a few all-juniper wreaths this year. Since 1984, our 23" FAT mixed wreaths help support a non-profit horticultural training center for adults with varying developmental disabilities. We also have mixed garland, noble fir and juniper greens by the pound, mixed or all-cedar garland by the foot or the roll, green, variegated and winterberry holly bunches and fresh mistletoe bunches and branches.
Inside the shop we have natural ornaments, gifts for gardeners, great wildflower & gardening books, loads of poinsettias, crates of paperwhite narcissus bulbs (some in bloom), amaryllis and pre-chilled "prepared" hyacinths, houseplants, wildflower seeds (toss them over a little snow), indoor gardening lights and kits and two great cats (hops ad barley) to say hello! (OH!, AND we'll have sleds for sale as usual for the "no sledding" Truckee sledding hill across the street.)
for more info check-out these two links from our references page:
2013 Villager Real Christmas Prices. Chosing Living Christmas Tree?