Gardening in December
by Trina Mattson, Tofino
Gardening in December for most people is just in their heads, dreaming
and planning about what you may or may not want to plant into your
garden next year, because of successes and failures and sometime downright
In December I know I spend a lot of time daydreaming about what I
want to change about my garden, because of a couple of factors. Sometimes
things just won‚t grow or have outgrown their space and need
to be moved or removed. For all your hard work, that plant you love
just up and died on you. Or you’re just plain bored with the
look of your garden, and want something new, anything will do, almost,
but you don’t want to spend a whole pay check buying it, and
you don’t want to dig up your whole garden to achieve the new
look. With Christmas just around the corner, and I’m out window
shopping for myself, I always see something my gardening friend or
loved one would love, plus there is also those one or two people that
seem to have every knick knack under the sun in their home but their
garden needs a little bling blong, no, not bling bling, I am not trying
to tell you to go with the sparkly idea, I mean who needs another diamond
ring, I’m talking just the garden pizzazz idea. And we have lots
to chose from for hardscaping a garden, or bringing a little bit of
Some simple ideas for added interest is concrete statuary, Japanese
pagodas, Buddhas, Egyptian style statues and fairies and much more
are all the rage for gardens, and concrete is paintable, so if you
don’t care for the grey, or want the weathered look get some
concrete paint and a brush. Collectors can chose from almost anything
you could think of, from 2 inches to 6 feet, it’s made for the
garden. Deeply toned glazed
Vietnamese pottery can add a punch of colour to any garden, or more
earthy toned Mexican pottery for more aged and subdued look, and they
don’t need to be planted up to look good, just sit them in the
garden, or tilt them on their side will add to the oomph of it all.
Bird baths, bird houses and feeders, made from concrete to wood, plain
or painted and how about those birdie friends loving your garden then.
Candles in the garden, had a whole new sparkle, although it is recommended
that they are enclosed in a holder, and there are some beautiful
candle holders for gardens available, with stained glass and mosaic
to the coolest lanterns. Add more sparkle with a wind spinner made
from copper, which catch the wind and spin with the slightest breeze.
Or a wind chime, and the variety out there for these is astronomical,
from light chiming tones to tuned Gregorian church bells, traditional
looking with wood or ornately decorated with glass, stone, and metal.
How about a small water feature from the size of a pot with a water
spitter to something larger with a waterfall.
With the completion of our Garden room,we have brought in gifts items
that are for indoors as well as out. So come on in and check us out,
get some good ideas for some bling blong in your garden and your
AND ALL THE BEST
TO YOU AND YOURS.
Trina Mattson owns and operates the Ordinary Corner Nursery in Tofino.
Tofino garden tips for December 2004, written by Trina Mattson from the Ordinary Corner Nursery in Tofino for Tofino Time Magazine.