Say Ho Ho Ho instead of No No No to Christmas!October 23, 2012
It feels more than a little wrong to be speaking of the festive season while we’re still in October, but on the other hand, we are now just nine weeks away from the big day!
With plenty of time to talk trees in the next couple of months, we first must focus on the inevitable Christmas shopping thrust upon us all in anticipation of the 25th December!
Christmas is coming in our gift department, and as biased as I may be, there really are some beautiful gifts and decorations to be had. The shop transformation (in progress, thanks to the girls in the shop) will transport you to a festive place – to cold winter mornings, and warm mince pies, whether you’re ready to go there yet or not!
Avoiding the last minute rush and panic to get Christmas in check has to be a good thing, so as far off as it seems, why not put aside an hour or two to set your Christmas wheels in motion and find a perfect Christmas gift or keepsake for your tree?
Plus, a visit to our gift shop in the near future could give you the chance to bag the perfect girly Christmas gift for FREE! Stay tuned to find out how you could get your hands on this gorgeous PiP Studio mug set!….
Bring trees into the spotlight this autumnOctober 10, 2012
As we sorted through and tidied up our ornamental tree section at the garden centre this week, I began thinking… just how many of us take these figures of architectural brilliance for granted most of the time?
Trees. They’re quiet and unassuming, have no demand for the limelight, and yet possess a presence, integrity and structural importance that cannot be matched by anything else in the garden or outdoor landscape.
Trees often bring stability to a space, as similar to people, they grow and develop, making the transition from dependent youngsters into mature, independent specimens. You can be sure that they’ll stick around (excuse the pun!) for the long term; that while other garden additions come and go, falling victim to extreme weather, or their inevitably shorter lifespan; the tree will go on.
Trees come in a wide range of shapes and sizes, from the two hundred year old, large majestic beech tree, to the small and beautiful, compact upright grower, better suited to smaller gardens. There is something for everyone in the vast world of trees – and the potential to bring unique architectural brilliance into any landscape.
So whilst taking advantage of a perfect planting time this autumn, make sure you don’t overlook the potential of new trees. Remember space needn’t be an issue with the compact or dwarf growth habit of many varieties. From British natives to acers, eucalyptus and more unusual trees… enjoy being spoiled for choice!
Bare root trees (available here late November) also offer the opportunity to acquire a fantastic new tree at a greatly reduced price!
‘Oh if the tree could talk, it would have so many stories to tell…’
Top Tip: a sturdy stake to stop windrock loosening the tree’s roots while its establishing, will help prevent its early demise!
Trevena Cross ‘Autumn Snippets Photo Competition’October 3, 2012
Join us in celebrating this special season of dramatic change and wonderful colour, by capturing it on camera!
To enter our ‘Autumn Snippets’ photograph competition, simply take a photograph that captures the spirit of autumn in all its glory. Snap a photo in your garden or whilst out and about, and send it/them to us. There are no special requirements, all we ask is that your photos (up to a maximum of three per entrant) represents ‘the outdoors in Autumn’ for you. It can be of anything – falling leaves, garden birds, an autumn landscape… or something far more unusual – all entries welcome!
The closing date is 5pm on the 15th November 2012, following which, the BEST PHOTOGRAPH will be selected, and the winning photographer awarded £25.00 in Trevena Cross gift vouchers (to be redeemed in store, or over the phone for long distance recipients).
Spread the word… and HAPPY SNAPPING!!