tofino gardening in december

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 stubbornness.

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 garden indoors.

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 tiles, 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 friends.


Trina Mattson owns and operates the Ordinary Corner Nursery in Tofino.

Tofino Time Magazine December 2004

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Tofino garden tips for December 2004, written by Trina Mattson from the Ordinary Corner Nursery in Tofino for Tofino Time Magazine.

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