Round Boxwood Wreath Sizes 8" 12" 16"Here it is mid November and the weather is still beautiful and the holidays are fast approaching.  All of your fall clean up is finished, the gardens have been put to bed for the winter, now it’s time to prepare for the holidays. One of the things I love most about the Christmas season is all the beautiful holiday greens.

With the warmer afternoons, go outside and do some trimming on those overgrown hollies, or juniper, red twig dogwoods or many of the different type of evergreens you have in your yard. If you have pine trees, trim some branches for your urns and window boxes, add some pine cones too. I don’t recommend trimming your boxwood bushes at this time.

Not too late to start your Amaryllis bulbs either.

If you have the time and looking for a great memorable family outing, go to a tree farm and cut down a fresh tree for Christmas. I have found that the tree doesn’t loose needles as quickly as the ones already cut at the nurseries. Make sure you shake the tree to eliminate dead loose needles for less mess in the house. Wrap the tree for transporting it home, especially if traveling a distance. Cut about 1/2″-1″ off the base of the trunk before putting it in the stand. I have been to the following tree farm ps over the years and have been very happy with my trees:

Houdes Tree Farm in Marlboro, Ellsworth Tree Farm in Northboro and Tree Berry Farm in Norwell.

Decorating indoors with Boxwood: I love anything Boxwood, as many of you know I use them in all of my landscape designs. I love to bring them indoors too, trees, wreaths, roping, and all of my rooms. Hang a boxwood wreath on your mirror above the mantel or in the hallway or dining room. Use mini-boxwood trees in groups of three on a long kitchen island for dining room table. Use larger trees on the mantle with boxwood roping-it’s endless. The only downfall bringing boxwood indoors , it will dry out quickly with the heat. No problem if you live at my house, I keep it low, but you can mist them on a regular basis to keep the greens fresh.  I also use Boxwood wreaths outdoors as long as your area is not facing full sun, it will dry out immediately.

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