We finally had our killing frost – in the front gardens. The front gardens are lower than the back by 16 feet. As such, it is not unlikely this could happen; but it always amazes me when it does.
It was a quiet week in Helen’s Haven. A cold kept me stuck inside most of the week, although I did get a chance to mow. I even missed the launching of my friend, Bobby Ward’s new book, Chlorophyll in His Veins: J.C. Raulston – Horticultural Ambassador. I still got to post about it and Bobby brought over a copy for me on Friday. He was wise to stay 10 feet back.
For maintenance tips for the month of December, please visit This Month in the Garden – December
If working in the garden isn’t inspiration enough, try this as a pick me up - Fine Gardening – December Inspiration – ‘Tis The Season for Evening Lighting
At the Farmers Market, I visited Weston’s Farm store to see their Magnolia wreaths. I hope to get to the farm next week or so. Erin Weston does very good work and I like her style. While there, they shared with me their secret to keeping the Magnolia wreaths fresh looking. I forgot to ask if I could share her secret. I guess I better keep it to myself until I get permission to share it…in the meantime, I plan to try it,
I’ve been snipping greenery around Helen’s Heaven and around the neighborhood, with permission of course, to have conditioned prior to use in clients homes and businesses. On Tuesday, I get to demonstrate creating holiday decorations for the Wake Forest Garden Club by using just snips from the garden. I’l show uses with Leyland, Magnolia, holly, red-stemmed dogwood, and more.
In keeping with teaching how to create natural decorations, I have begun to post tips to decorating for Christmas around the home. Here’s a tip Number of lights and ornaments for your Christmas Tree.
We have some cold weather now and for next week. I’ll dress in layers and try not to complain…but just for the record, I don’t like cold weather.
Helen Yoest is a garden writer and coach through her business Gardening with Confidence™
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Helen also serves on the board of advisors for the JC Raulston Arboretum