22 November 2017 by Dr Jane Bingham
Christmas Trees galore and more!
Our beautiful Nordmann Fir and Fraser Fir Christmas trees have been grown in Scotland on The Black Isle and in Tayside. Our trees are displayed individually on stands to make it easy for you to choose your perfect tree. We can trim it if you wish, and net it ready for you to take home, help you to your car, or if your tree is too large, we can deliver it to your door.
We have plenty of other colourful seasonal plants to choose from, many of them in attractive containers, which make great gifts. Christmas tree stands, kindling and logs, sledges, snow shovels, salt and sand are also available under the Plant Area canopy.
• A ‘Tree of Paradise’ was used in old mystery plays to symbolise the Garden of Eden. Apples hung on it may be the origin of tree decorations.
• The first decorated Christmas tree was in Riga, Latvia in 1510.
• Martin Luther is credited with the idea of lights on Christmas trees. The 16th-century monk added candles to his tree to look like stars in a forest.
• Prince Albert, consort of Queen Victoria, made Christmas trees popular in Britain in the 1840s.
• Manufactured Christmas tree ornaments were first sold by Woolworths in 1880.
• The average growing time for a 6ft tall Christmas tree is 7 years, but it can take from 4 to 15 years. On average, 3 Christmas trees are planted to replace each 1 harvested.
• Poinsettias grow in Central America and can reach 5 metres tall.
• Botanically Poinsettias are called Euphorbia pulcherrima.
• In Mexico the Poinsettia is steeped in legend and is known as Flores de Noche Buena – Flower of the Holy Night or the Christmas Flower.
• American ambassador in Mexico, Joel Roberts Poinsett, brought Poinsettia cuttings to the USA in 1828. It was in honour of Poinsett that the plant was given the name ‘Poinsettia’.
National Poinsettia Day on Tuesday 12th December
Poinsettia Day marks the death of Joel Roberts Poinsett who died 12th December 1851.
• Holly has been used to decorate homes since the 9th century as it symbolizes everlasting life. The holly represents Christ’s crown of thorns and the berries his blood.
• Christmas wreaths’ are also known as ‘Christmas crowns’, ‘Advent crowns’ or ‘Advent wreaths’.
• The circular shape, with no beginning or end, represents eternity or life never ending.
• The traditional idea of a Christmas wreath being hung on the door started in the early 1900s.
Some far from romantic facts about Mistletoe:
• ‘Mistletoe’ is from the Anglo-Saxon word misteltan, which means “little dung twig” because the plant spreads through bird droppings.
• Mistletoe grows as a parasite on the branches of trees and shrubs.
During mild spells:
• Continue with the weeding.
• Dig over the veggie plot.
• Move and plant non-evergreen shrubs and trees.
• Prune non-evergreen shrubs and trees.
• Lift and divide herbaceous perennials.
• Check tree stakes, windbreaks, cloches and fleece coverings, making sure they are secure.
When the temperature plummets:
• Avoid walking on the lawn when it is frosty or covered with snow as this can easily damage the turf.
• Brush snow off conifers, box topiary and hedging.
• Cover spring bedding displays with fleece during very cold weather.
• Insulate outdoor taps and store drained hoses and watering attachments in a shed or garage if possible.