Remember your Real Christmas Tree will need a stand that will allow you to give it a drink of water to keep it happy and healthy.
Congratulations to the latest winners in our Facebook Giveaway! Scottish Christmas Trees are delighted to announce that the winners of our Facebook competition are David McIver and Tracey Brown. They will be receiving a Fraser Fir Christmas Tree and a Purple Extravaganza Christmas Wreath respectively. Entries are now open for our final prize of an Xbox 360. Check out our Facebook page for details!
Scottish Christmas Trees are offering a 10% discount on selected heights of our freshly cut low needle drop Fraser Fir and our freshly cut low needle drop Nordman Fir. For a fresh christmas tree with great needle retention the Nordman Fir and Fraser Fir can’t be beaten so grab yourself a bargain and have the finest premium grade Christmas Tree delivered to your door this Christmas.
It’s never too early to get your Christmas Tree ordered. We’re taking orders now for christmas trees and you can choose when you would like it delivered. By ordering early you get the greatest choice of tree sizes. As the Festive Season approaches we generally find that the larger christmas trees become ‘sold out’.
Just now we have a great selection of heights in 3 different varieties – Nordman Fir and Fraser Fir, both of which are low drop christmas trees, and the more traditional Norway Spruce, which is better for outside or colder areas in the house. We will begin to despatch cut Christmas trees from the end of November till the 20th December, delivering to homes throughout the UK. We often get asked if we deliver trees to London and the South of England. Yes, in fact, most of our trees are delivered to London and the surrounding areas.
This is an ideal time of year to purchase your pot grown christmas tree if you’re intending to plant it out in the garden. While there’s still a little warmth in the ground it will give the tree time to get established before the colder weather arrives.
Pot grown christmas trees have so many uses – especially for children. Buying a smaller pot grown tree can give children a small christmas tree to decorate in their own way, and call their own – they can even make their own decorations, which will keep them busy in the run up to the Festive Season.
Pot grown christmas trees are also ideal to use as table decorations, in offices and are great for the small houses, where space is limited.
This year we have a wonderful selection of Fraser Fir and Norway Spruce christmas trees that have been grown in pots all their lives. The Fraser Fir has a lovely soft needle and even most of them have a perfume, making that little bit special.
At last the web site has most of the prices on it and most of the products can now be purchased. We will begin to send out pot grown trees from Tuesday, 25th September, and I have some lovely ones available this year, especially the Fraser Fir. The only thing that I’ve not completed on the web site are the wreaths, because we are still working on the designs of them. This we hope to have completed soon and will take photos of them and get them online hopefully by early October. Last year the ‘Limited Edition’ Wreaths were a great success and we will be doing them again, with a few colour changes.
Mid summer, and we are very busy here at Glaisters Farm getting Christmas trees ready for the Festive Season. Despite the unseasonally bad weather our guys are out every day working on the Christmas trees. Just now we are making sure that every tree has a straight leader, the branch where the fairy goes. If the leader is growing squint then we put a cane on the tree to pull the leader straight – who would like a Christmas tree with a crooked leader.
Xmas trees are not enjoying all the rain that we are getting and are very slow to grow this year – the growth rate must be at least 2 – 3 weeks behind normal.
One good day yesterday – hopefully we might get a few more of those!!
Buying a real Christmas tree each year is one positive approach to having a green Christmas. Real Christmas trees spend up to ten years in the ground working as CO2 clearing houses. Artificial trees are often made using plastics which are petroleum-based products. Even in landfills, Christmas trees break down fairly quickly while artificial trees can take decades (or longer) to break down. However, while buying a real Christmas tree does help the environment, recycling your Christmas tree adds the finishing touch.
There are several ways to recycle a Christmas tree. Most councils now have drop off points where you can leave your Christmas tree once you have finished with it. Some councils are going that little extra and offering pick up services. Councils chip these old trees and use the wood chips as mulch on gardens – or sell it to gardeners to use in their gardens. As a mulch, wood chip slowly breaks down adding nutrients back into the soil. In the process, mulches become habitats for a wide range of insects and organisms, all beneficial to gardens.
You can also recycle your Christmas tree yourself. If you have your own garden mulcher, then cut the tree down to suitable sizes before mulching. If you don’t have a mulcher, you can cut the tree up into much smaller pieces and add them to your compost piles. The trunks will take a long time to break down, but they will eventually break down. You can also cut the trunk up, dry it, then use it as fuel in your open fire – just make sure it has dried out thoroughly first as green wood does tend to create a lot of smoke.
By recycling your Christmas tree, you are finishing a cycle that starts with a tiny seed. Rather than adding to our burgeoning land fill this year, recycle that Christmas tree – it’s a fitting end to a tree that’s delivered so much pleasure over the Christmas period.
If you have taken the effort to obtain a live cut Christmas tree, have you considered using real flowers to decorate your tree. There are number of ways to achieve this, and while we may be heading into winter, there are still a lot of flowering plants to choose from. If you have some early flowering Christmas (or Winter) Box, you can use several small sprays to liven up your Christmas tree – the perfume from the Box creates a great atmosphere.
Bright coloured Camellias add a big splash of colour if used judiciously while the yellow flowers of Winter Jasmine really stand out against the darker green foliage of your Christmas tree. The Christmas Rose is another that flowers well in winter, and it too looks great scattered throughout a tree. The downside to using cut flowers is that they do tend to wilt within days, so you do need a steady supply. There is an alternative.
One flower that I have seen used to great effect is the Winter Flowering Pansy and Violas. These are available in a range of colours with the Pansy flowers growing to more than three inches in diameter. The Violas are much smaller, but none the less effective. If you can find the smaller flowering Pansies then consider them, they are easier to use and easier to keep alive. So how do you keep them alive?
You can find finger pots in your local nursery. These are small thin pots, no wider than an inch, yet perfect for a single Pansy or Viola. Transfer your flowering plant into a finger pot, then carefully attach the pots to the stronger branches of your Christmas tree. You’ll be surprised at how light these potted plants are, and how far out you can attach them. If you don’t like the site of the pot hanging on your tree, cover them in a matching material – better yet, use cellophane to wrap the base of the pot attaching with an elastic band at the top of the pot. This will prevent water from dripping out of the pot – and yes, to keep your flowering Pansies and Violas alive, just water regularly.
Live flowers sprinkled throughout your Christmas tree together with LED lights (they don’t generate as much damaging heat), a few baubles, and garlands will turn your Christmas tree into a stunning display. And best of all, after Christmas, you can plant out your flowering Pansies and Violas.
If you’re looking for a pot grown Christmas tree, then you’d best be quick; we are running out of this years stock very quickly. These trees are becoming more popular as each year passes, especially for people who have limited space inside their homes, and for those who find it difficult to dispose of a real cut Christmas tree. At the time of writing, we only have in stock
- 110cm-130cm (3ft7ins-4ft3ins)
- 70cm-90cm (2ft4ins-2ft11ins)
- 90cm-110cm ( 2ft11ins-3ft7ins)
There are, however, still a few cut Christmas trees available in a much wider range of sizes. The Nordman Fir is one of our most popular Christmas trees and we have run out of the tallest (8foot plus) stock, however, the other sizes are still available. Our cut Christmas tress tend to run out not long after our potted trees, so if you are looking for a real Christmas tree, you will need to order fairly quickly. We are already geared up to ship out our Christmas trees; in fact, many of them will hit the road starting from tomorrow (15/11/2011).
When ordering your Christmas tree, be sure to arrange a delivery date that allows sufficient time to set up and decorate your tree. Some people like to leave delivery as late as possible to avoid needle drop, however, today’s trees, with the right care, generally last through to Christmas with few problems. The Norway Spruce is not as hardy when it comes to warm air and needle retention, however, kept cool and hydrated and the problem can be managed.