01 December 2019 by Dr Jane Bingham
Christmas Trees and more at The Mains of Drum Plant Area
The Mains of Drum – Scotland’s Garden Centre of the Year 2017, 2018 and 2019
Real Christmas Trees
A real Christmas tree adorned with twinkling lights and baubles, and pretty parcels underneath, is the centre piece of family festivities. A trip to The Mains of Drum to pick out that special tree has become an exciting tradition for many of our customers.
This season we have the popular Nordman Fir, Nordman Fir Slimline and Blue Spruce. We also have a choice of cut and pot-grown trees in a variety of sizes. Our supplier is an established company, with 35 years’ experience in growing and supplying fresh UK grown Christmas Trees. They specialise in supplying Garden Centres. The Mains of Drum trees have been grown on their Port William plantation in Dumfries and Galloway. All the trees are cut to order, allowing only the freshest trees to be delivered. For every tree harvested, they plant two more for the future, making them a sustainable supplier.
We display cut trees individually on stands to make it easy for you to choose your perfect tree. We can net your tree ready for you to take home, help you to your car, or we can deliver to your door.
Real tree V Artificial tree?
Environmentalists say a 2m high plastic artificial tree has a carbon footprint equivalent to about 40kg of greenhouse gas emissions, which is more than twice that of a real tree that ends its life in landfill and more than 10 times that of a real tree which is burnt. Many local authorities now offer a collection service for real trees, which they shred and use on gardens and parks – this is the greenest way to dispose of your real tree and has minimal impact on the environment. An eco-friendly option is to buy a small pot-grown tree, eventually planting it out in the garden. If you choose to have an artificial tree, choose one made mostly of PE rather than PVC and re-use it for at least 10 years before selling it or giving it away.
How to Look After Your Real Christmas Trees
- Avoid placing them close to a fire or radiator as this will cause excessive needle drop.
- Saw off an inch or two from the bottom of the trunk.
- Place in a stand or pot containing plenty water.
- Check and top up the water daily.
- For best results choose a cool room to display them indoors.
- If your potted tree looks unhappy indoors, place it back outside, bringing it in at the last moment.
- After Christmas keep it outside, planting into a slightly larger pot, and bring it back indoors next Christmas, or plant in the garden.
These are traditional plants for Christmas with their bold and cheerful bracts in red, pink or white.
To use Poinsettia as a cut flower, cut off a stem and dip the cut end into boiling water for 20 seconds, then place in cold water before arranging. Keep the sap off your skin and away from food.
Elegant Holly and Fir wreaths, each one carefully crafted and decorated by hand.
‘Mistletoe’ is from the Anglo-Saxon word misteltan, which means “little dung twig” because the plant spreads through bird droppings!
We also 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, windscreen scrapers, snow shovels, salt and sledges are also available under the Plant Area canopy.
Create a Festive Posy from your Own Garden, here’s how:
Gather stems with attractive leaves, berries and maybe even flowers if the weather has been mild. Look out for:
- Fabulous foliage e.g. Conifers, Holly, Ivy, Euonymus or Eucalyptus.
- Twisted stems of contorted Hazel or Willow.
- Coloured stems of Dogwoods and Willows.
- Shrubs with berries e.g. Pyracantha and Cotoneaster.
- Rose hips.
- Winter flowers e.g. Heather, Viburnus tinus, Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Dawn’.
- Faded flower and seed heads of Hydrangea, Eryngium (Sea holly), Sedum, Nigella (Love-in-a-mist), Allium.
- Perfumed flowers of Sarcococca (Christmas box).
- Aromatic stems of Rosemary and Bay.
- Ribbons and baubles.
- Soak and position a block of oasis foam in a festive container or fill a vase with water for a larger display.
- Arrange the foliage first to provide background and bulk to the arrangement.
- Next arrange the stems with berries and hips.
- Arrange the flowers and seed heads last as these are the most delicate.
- Add a few festive decorations for extra pizzazz.
- Place at the centre of your Christmas table and enjoy!