Have you been in downtown Blanco this holiday season? Isn’t it lovely? We appreciate all of you who volunteered with the decorations. Although I wouldn’t even try to list the names of all the helpers, their willingness to work just because they wanted to should be included in the true meaning of “small town.” Bindseil Park this year is the finished product of a lot of hard work and imagination. Since Blanco is listed in the Trail of Lights brochure for the first time, we did not want to be embarrassed and find ourselves unprepared when the hordes of visitors began to arrive!
It’s time to begin your Christmas list. When thinking about the gardeners on your list, remember to consider garden tools, garden books, garden art, new plants, new seed selections, garden pool equipment, birdhouses and feeders. Visit your favorite garden store and you will find others that you want for yourself.
Add new trees to your landscape each year by purchasing canned Christmas trees and using them inside until after the holidays. Keep the tree damp until you place it outside. You can use it as a patio tree or plant it in your yard. Don’t plant it too deep and don’t ever let the roots dry out.
This is the best time to plant new shrubs and trees. If you are planting bulbs this year, now is a good time. This rain has been wonderful. It’s not too late to put winter rye grass, wildflowers, and root crops in your garden.
If you haven’t fertilized this fall or winter, it is not too late if you use organic fertilizer. Chemical fertilizer will burn the leaves it falls on; organic will not.
Mulch tender perennials and newly planted shrubs and garden plants several inches deep. This will help to protect them from the freeze.
This coming Saturday night will be busy in downtown Blanco. The first lighted Christmas parade will kick off at 6:30pm. Market Days will be an all day event. After the parade, there will be music in Bindseil Park with the Trevor McGuire Trio and his students. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be in the pergola to visit with people.