||Quality is paramount with each ornament and tree topper by designer David Strand. Using only the finest materials, each piece is mouth blown, lined with silver for additional radiance and then hand painted and hand glittered by skilled artisans in Poland. Take a moment to appreciate the artistry of this gorgeous collection in Orchard's Christmas Shop.
Yes, we're in California, but our fall and winter nights can be downright chilly. When nighttime temperatures drop below 32 degrees, some plants may be damaged. Protect frost-tender plants such as citrus, gardenia, bougainvillea, lantana, tropical hibiscus, cuphea and dwarf oleanders.
Frost-tender plants that are in pots can be pulled back close to the house under an overhang. The south side of your house is the warmest, and the north side is the coldest. The west side is warmer than the east. House walls give off more heat than an unheated garage wall and fences give little protection at all.
The very best spot for tender plants would be under an overhang next to a large window or sliding glass door. Most of the heat lost from our houses escapes via the windows. This is bad news for our heating bills but good news for tender plants.
Frost falls almost straight down. This means that plants back under a solid overhang are protected. Boston ferns hung at the edge will often be burned on the outside but fine on the inside. The same will happen to jade plants that are not tucked in far enough. If you have no porches, putting the plants under a dense evergreen tree will often be enough.
Plants that are planted in the ground obviously cannot be moved. However they can be covered. Cover plants with frost cloth or in an emergency, cover with a light weight sheet. Frost Protek Frost Covers are bags with drawstrings ideal for the protection of hanging baskets and container plants. Easy Gardener Plant and Seed Blankets (6'x20') are perfect for wrapping around larger plants. Row-Gro 9 ft. Grow Tunnel is ideal for the protection of row crops or hedges. DeWitt N-Sulate (10' x 12') can be easily draped over larger shrubs and small trees. Not sure which one to get? We also have 72" wide Frost Cloth by the foot for custom fitting ($1.99/foot). Be sure to remove the frost blankets during the daytime hours. If you prefer to use a spray, try Cloud Cover, Wilt Stop or FreezePruf to help protect your plants from frosty nights. (Tender succulents can be protected with frost cloth, but dislike sprays.)
For longer term protection, build a frame and cover it with clear plastic. Depending on the size of the plant, tomato cages work well as frames. If the plant is particularly tender, get an extension cord and rig a light in the enclosure. Christmas lights work great too. Put it on a timer so it turns on every night without fail.
If your plants are frost-nipped in spite of your best intentions, don't be in a rush to prune off the damage. Delay pruning until after threat of frost, mid to late March in our area; the damaged tops insulate the lower parts, improving your plants' chances for a full recovery.
Whether it's a hostess gift, teacher gift, or just something to brighten your holiday, we have a pleasing selection of Holiday Plants. Paperwhites, amaryllis, cyclamen, mini Christmas trees, Christmas cactus and campanulas. Beautiful topiaries also make a wonderful long lasting gift.
Our beautiful fresh market wreaths and garlands have arrived. Decorate in your own personal style with our evergreen garlands and wreaths, or choose from one of our ready-to-go styles.
Orchard Nursery Gift cards are available in any denomination and are the perfect gift for the gardener on your list.
||We have a large selection of Holiday silk floral arrangements available in the Flower Shop. Choose from one of the many recently designed options or work with a floral designer for the arrangement of your dreams.
|Visit the Flower Shop Tabletop -- don't miss out on our beautifully decorated tabletop. Get inspiration for your holiday table as well as ideas for your favorite hostess. A treasure from Orchard is always a welcome surprise!
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Through the Years Platter
This wonderful sentiment is artfully showcased on a platter that is sure to be a family keepsake. Use it for an array of holiday treats or as part of your Christmas decor. It looks lovely on a simple stand (we have those too!) by the fireplace or buffet--a timely message that we can all appreciate.
Come in and check out our large collection of Seasonal and Holiday Arrow Signs. They are the perfect addition to your front porch. These adorable and thoughtful signs can help you express your own style and joy for each of the seasons and holidays. Each piece is sold separately and once you purchase the arrow, there are so many hanging sentiments that we are sure you'll find the one you are looking for.
During harvesting, choose firm bunches that are tightly formed; the leaves should be green and crisp. Store celery in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for several days. Leave the ribs attached to the stalk until ready to use. Limp celery can be revived by wrapping it in absorbent paper and standing it a jar of water. Celery should be washed and trimmed of leaves at the base. To extend harvest, cut a few stalks off at a time.
White celery, which is frost hardy, grows best in the winter. It is more tender and less bitter than green celery and is generally considered superior. Celery therefore is thought of as a winter vegetable and is traditionally used at Christmas time, for stuffing as a sauce to go with turkey or ham. Celery in general can be served raw and finely sliced in salads. It also always works well in stir fries. Braised celery is tasty. Either whole or sliced, celery has a distinctive, savory astringent flavor so is excellent in soups or stuffings.
Lately, celery root has become very popular throughout the restaurant scene and food network has contributed to its popularity. It is a different plant than green or white celery. It is called celeriac, and you can get it at the produce market. Mostly available September through May. Has not been available at the nursery.
Primary nutrients of celery are folic acid and vitamin C.