The lights around the square and in Blanco make a lovely sight. We have been working the past two weeks in Bindseil Park, decorating the tree and park area. We’re having a problem with the timers and shortage of electrical outlets, but we hope to get that reconciled. Blanco Gardens donated several pieces of metal art and we added lights. We’re hoping next year to have more electrical outlets and take the decorations farther into the park. We hope more organizations will want to join us in this venture. This is the beginning of the “Trail of Lights.”
Make your tree do double duty by purchasing a live Christmas tree. Decorate it now for Christmas, and then plant it later in your landscape. Keep it watered during the season and set it near as much light as possible. Don’t keep it in the house any longer than is necessary. Plants, books, pots, yard art, flowers and landscape materials make wonderful gifts for your gardening friends. Check out the local nursery and shops, you may find just the right thing.
Plant winter window boxes or patio pots with a mixture of evergreens and color. Use boxwood, hollies, holly ferns, and winter flowers. Place the tallest in the back of the pot and mix the colors and textures. Use a good potting mix and mulch. They can be planted into the soil or leave them in their pots and cover with mulch. They will need to be watered regularly. Plant into the landscape in the spring or keep as patio plants.
Winter watering of landscape and lawns is important if it doesn’t rain. Zoysia and Bermuda grass should be watered every 3 weeks, St. Augustine every 2 weeks. Keep the flowers damp and water the trees and shrubs at least once a month one inch deep.
Feed blooming plants, pansies, snapdragons, viola and dianthus plus other bloomers every 2 weeks.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!