Outdoor Decorating

With the end of the harvest we now have some time to catch up on custom urn orders, gifts for family and friends and also decorate here on the farm. Bitter temperatures and wind chills made the thought of decorating outdoors unappealing so the sunroom and living room became assembly central with branches, evergreens and glitter strewn all over the floor! Since we create our designs in plastic inserts, we were able to stay warm and dry and enjoy the smell of cedar, pine and fir while the dog and cats lay by the fire. 

The urn we made for Mum's patio.

This week Watershed Magazine will shoot our house inside and out for next year's Winter issue. Yesterday we completed the eight outdoor urns around the house, it was snowing, blowing and unbelievably cold but we managed to set them up and take photos without getting frost bite. 

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This morning we discovered our beautiful creations buried under mounds of snow! 

Madame Twig says "Empty Your Urns!"

Timing your fall urns can be a tricky business. In some years when the frost hits your annuals early you can fill your urns with colourful branches until your ready for your holiday greens. This year however, we have had exceptionally warm weather right into November and the annuals in our urns remained untouched by frost. It seems a crime to rip out plants while they are still blooming, so we wait until they are a horrid mass of dead stems before we attempt the task. The trouble with this method is that the weather is unpredictable and as witnessed in the past two days, temperatures can plummet, freezing those pots solid with their mess of frost bitten, dead plants intact. This weekend it appears we may have one last chance to empty our urns before we get caught again.

 

How to Prepare Your Urns For Winter Displays:

1. Once the soil thaws remove it from your urns. If the weather doesn't cooperate and you can lift the urns, place them indoors for a day or two to thaw out or if they are too large to lift try pouring boiling water on the soil, this may loosen it enough for you to get the majority of it out.

2. When you are ready to decorate for the holidays you can fill them again with new soil (if you have a bag handy that isn't frozen), or put your holiday decor into a plastic pot and insert it into your urns or use floral foam.

3. Whatever method you choose, make sure to water your arrangement once it is in place. The water will help to keep the evergreens healthy and will freeze the decor in place when the temperatures drop again. 

**If you do get caught with frozen urns you could always switch to hanging baskets this year, we have lovely moss covered hanging baskets and standing urns here at our Open House. We have empty baskets for you to create your own or you may buy them custom made. 

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