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Poinsettias: Five Things You Might Not Know About Everyone's Favorite Festive Flower
(First of all, it's not a flower...)
- The red "flowers" are not actually flowers at all. They are specially formed leaves called bracts.
- Poinsettias are native to Mexico and can be found growing wild in tropical forests down the whole Pacific coast.
- In Nahuatil, the language of the Aztecs, poinsettias are called "Cuitlaxochitl." The English name comes from Joel Roberts Poinsett, first American ambassador to Mexico.
- According to legend, a young girl in Mexico, too poor to buy a birthday gift for the Baby Jesus on Christmas, picked a bouquet of scraggly weeds and offered them at the altar of the church. Because of her simple generosity, the weeds burst into beautiful crimson and became poinsettias.
- Due to a particularly persistent urban legend, poinsettias are sometimes thought to be poisonous to kids or pets, but this is not true. Check out snopes.com, the internet authority on urban legends, for the straight dope on the poinsettia myth.
Come check out our great selection of Poinsettias,
and click here for some easy Poinsettia care tips!
Friday, December 13th
4:00 to 6:00 PM
Need a gift for the gardener on your list? Come by our Lakewood store this Friday and purchase one of our decorative pots and buy a few little gardening gifts (gloves, trowels, etc.) to fill it with. Then, we'll giftwrap it for you for free and include a $10 O'Toole's Gift Certificate, too!
Gifts for Gardeners
Prescient Present Prescriptions for the People on your Paper!
The Bird Watcher
This motion-activated 5-MP digital camera allows you to observe and photograph wild birds without disturbing them. The special "Smart Sensor" technology only activates the camera when wildlife is detected, so it saves you batteries and blank pictures of your garage. Plus, it easy! No special tools, wires, or software are needed.
You know who we're talking about. The person who knows every word to "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer," who watches "The Star Wars Holiday Special" instead of Charlie Brown. What better gift for the eccentrics in your life than the classic pink flamingo dressed in full Santa regalia? You might not get it, but they'll get a kick out of it.
The Seed Starter
Starting seeds is a fun way to extend your gardening season all year long. The Botanical Interest Seed Sprouter makes starting seeds simple. Grow 4 kinds all at the same time or start a new batch every few days and always have fresh sprouts at the peak of flavorful perfection! Great for tenderfoot greenthumbs and seasoned sodbusters alike.
Fairy Gardening is a wonderful, whimsical hobby for all ages. Fun for kids from 1 to 92, fairy gardening creates a miniature window into the magical world of fairies. We've got the fairy garden plants, décor and accessories to get you started. All you need is a little imagination!
The Shady Lady
These brand new Gardener sun hats are great for all day gardeners. The wide brim provides plenty of shade and the light weight material stays cool in the hot sun.
The Fantasy Fan
Got someone on your list who loves Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones? These gargoyles from Kelkay would make a great addition to anyone's garden, office or magical castle. They range from cute to menacing, so your sure to find the perfect one.
Angels Among Us
Ever wanted to be Santa? Sure, why not! The big guy works one day a year and spreads joy to kids all over the world. (Plus, he gets to scarf all the cookies he wants and no one ever gets on his case.) Well, here's your chance to put on the Big Red Pants!
This is our sixth year teaming with Annunciation School in Denver for the Angels Among Us program. We'll have a Christmas tree set up at each of our three locations, decorated with paper ornaments. On the back of each ornament, you'll find a child's name and his or her special Christmas wish. Just choose an ornament and return the gift, wrapped with the ornament attached, to the store by this Monday, December 16th. Then, Santa's helpers will deliver them to some very happy little boys and girls. It's good to be Saint Nick!
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! We're confident we've got the perfect pine for your living room. Come on by and browse through our trees and enjoy complimentary coffee, cider and Christmas cookies.
Know Your Christmas Trees
Noble Fir Noble Fir's needles are up-turned and stiff, perfect for heavy ornaments and decorations. Nobles have nice symmetrical shapes and known for staying fresh for a long time. Their dark green boughs are often used for wreaths and garland.
Fraser Fir Fraser Fir's also have a nice shape and good needle retention. They are dark blue-green in color. They are one of the most fragrant Christmas trees and have pleasant, pine-y odor.
Nordmann Fir Nordmann Fir have strong, symmetrical branches, with a waxy, shiny appearance that helps prevent drying. Nordmann's have little fragrance, so they are great for people with allergies or sensitive noses.
Charlie Browns All they need is a little love! These Douglas Firs have soft, delicate branches for smaller décor. They also have a lovely blue-green color and sweet fragrance.
Five Tips To Keep Your Christmas Tree Fresh
Christmas Tree Care Tips
1. Get a Fresh Cut - When you buy a tree at O'Toole's, we'll cut off about 1.5" inches from the bottom of the trunk. This will help the tree absorb as much water as possible. Keep the fresh cut bottom clean and unharmed to maximize the water intake.
2. Store your tree properly before you display it - When you get home put your tree in water as soon as possible. If you aren't going to be putting up your tree right away, you can store it for a few days. Put the tree in a cool place like a shed or garage and make sure the trunk is in a bucket of water. Fresh Evergreens can take up an amazing amount of water - up to a gallon in the first 24 hours away from the store, so be sure to keep the water reservoir full.
3. Keep your tree away from heat sources - Fireplaces, heaters, heat vents and direct sunlight can dry out your tree. Use Christmas lights that produce low heat to help keep your tree fresh for as long as possible.
4. Make sure the tree has enough water - When you put up your Christmas tree, make sure it is displayed in water. Good tree stands should provide 1 quart of water per 1 inch of trunk diameter. Check the water level regularly and keep the bottom of the trunk submerged. Adding a tree preservative to the water is not a bad idea, either.
5. Dispose of your tree safely - When the holidays are over, don't burn any part of your Christmas tree in the fireplace as it can contribute to creosote buildup. Take your tree to a recycling drop off. Most cities in the Denver area have a Christmas tree recycling program at a rec center or a park. Check your city's website for info.
The CSU Extension officehas another great idea, cut off the boughs of your Christmas tree and use them to mulch your perennial garden. The boughs will help retain water and regulate the soil temperature. Be sure to remove the boughs in the springtime. Then chop boughs into small pieces and add them to your compost pile to provide some acidity.
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