Darin Engh from Engh Gardens shows us how to use tomato cages give us a new look and brand new varieties of poinsettias give some color.
1. Paperwhites and Christmas Lights
a. How-to plant Paperwhite bulbs
i. Paperwhites may be planted in either soil or stones. Place the bulbs about one inch apart and cover two-thirds of the bulb with stones or completely with soil. Water and place them in a light, cool place until the foliage stands three to four inches high. Then, place them in a sunny location at room temperature and keep them well watered. They will bloom in four to six weeks.
b. Use vintage Christmas lights or any you may have as a top dressing on your planted bulbs.
2. Use a tomato cage to create a topiary with fresh greens.
a. Turn tomato cage upside down. Wire the spokes together to create the pointed top.
b. Wrap fresh garland around the entire cage to create a topiary.
c. Add lights, fresh holly, or whatever you wish to add your special Christmas touch.
3. NEW POINSETTIAS
a. Freedom Peppermint – speckled pink with dark green leaves
b. Ice Punch – red with faded pink centers
c. Visions of Grandeur – blushed pink
d. Jingle Bells – red with blotches of cream
For more information, you can contact Darin at Engh Gardens in Sandy or online at www.enghgardens.com.