|We need more ornaments!|
Buy a fake tree?
Buy a live tree?
Well, they're not exactly 'live' if they're leaning against a chain link fence in the Christmas tree lot at your local supermarket.
There is another option.
Buy a REAL, live tree!
Yesterday, I decked out our Christmas tree from 4 years ago. We bought her live and then transplanted the tree into the garden, the following spring. This year, she's sporting some festive twinkling lights.
- If you opt for a truly live, potted evergreen keep it in the house for a maximum of ten days.
- Set it outside, in the pot, in the shade, through the rest of the winter. (Water if there is no snow cover.)
|Our tree doesn't look anything like this!|
Good 'Christmas trees' for gardens:
Norway Spruce is a popular cut Christmas tree but not so great in the garden. She drops her needles all year long.
- Happiest in High Altitudes: Fraser Fir (Abies fraseri) has soft needles and strong boughs, ideal for heavy ornaments. USDA zones 4-7.
- Korean Fir (Abies koreana ) grows to approximately 40 ft, a perfect size for most yards. USDA zones 5-7.
- Noble Fir (Abies procera) is an absolutely stunning silvery-blue tree with fragrant tips, though too tender for the mountains anywhere but the Pacific Northwest. USDA zones 7-10.
Kate, I'm with you except that what is offered as a live Christmas tree in this area won't survive the following winter outside...nobody selling Fraziers or Nobles here except cut off and leaning against the fence.
To that end, I'm a "live" tree guy...at least they can be ground up for mulch or dropped into the local reservoir to shelter fish.
I wish I had room for a live spruce in front. I love the look of Christmas lights under the snow. Great photos.
We have so many live Christmas trees in our pretty-small yard already that I'm afraid to add any more. We do the tree-thinning Christmas tree cuts at the Forest Service instead--we make roaring sounds as we cut, like a forest fire.
Haha. Just kidding on that one. But I'm growing to love our little spindly self-grown trees.
One year we just decked out a Norfok Island Pine in our apartment. It lasted another year before falling prey to a moving purge. I love the idea of buying a tree that later goes in the garden.
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