Kapiti Observer : December 22nd 2011
25 THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2011 3924070AE K.C. MOTORS 108 Oxford Street, Levin • Phone 0800 688 376 or 06 367 9951 Your "one stop shop" for outdoor power products & garden equipment B N E SA Bearcat Chippers / Shredders priced from $1795.00 incl GST Phone NOW for a no-obligation demonstration CHRISTMAS TRADING HOURS 4111558AE TE HORO GARDEN CENTRE Hyde Park Cnr SH1 & Te Horo Beach Rd Otaki Ph 06-3642142 CLOSED DEC 25th, 26th, 27th RE-OPEN DEC 28th CLOSED JAN 1st, 2nd, 3rd RE-OPEN JAN 4th LYNWOOD NURSERY LTD 232 Kuku Beach Road Ohan-Levin Ph 06 3626101 CLOSED DEC 21st. RE-OPEN JAN 9th Visit our new website www.lynwoodnursery.co.nz Open Every Day except Christmas Day 25th Boxing Day 26th New Year's Day 1st New Year's Day Holiday 2nd Garden & Landscape Supplies Buy Direct from the Manufacturer Open 7 Days I Otaihanga Road Paraparaumu I 0800 888 200 Deliveries and Courtesy Trailers available 3501439AJ HAMLEN LANDSCAPING SUPPLIES AND GARDEN CENTRE 102 Kapiti Road, Paraparaumu Phone 04 298 9380 • Open 7 Days Courtesy Trailers and Delivery Available www.hamlenlandscaping.co.nz We are open right thru the holidays 3586010AT Hamlen Landscaping would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and thank you for your support throughout the year Come in for all your Landscaping supplies 4034781AA COASTAL LANDSCAPE SUPPLIES WAIKANAE 13 Omahi Street • Phone (04) 293 6621 www.coastallandscapesupplies.co.nz • Garden Mix • • Mushroom compost • • Topsoil • MULCHES • Get ready for a dry summer Mark the festive season by planting a tree Plants make a 'living gift' By VICKI PRICE Growing gift: A plant is possibly the best gift a gardener could receive any time of year. Photo: VICKI PRICE AGreek proverb says ''a society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in''. While enjoying the tall trees in our own environment, we can be thankful to those who planted them, sometimes long ago, who never would see the fruit of their labour. The English put it simply, ''he who plants a tree loves others beside himself'' and certainly planting a tree today could mean shade for the next generations. There are good reasons to plant a tree to mark the festive season instead of cutting one down, although pine trees are replanted each year, so that is a sustainable industry. Planting a tree is a nice way to memorialise someone or simply as a living gift for someone special. For grandchildren, a young tree planted (with permission) in a public reserve will give them the opportunity to visit it often as it and they grow. Trees with a Christmas theme would include our own pohutakawa and the English traditional, holly. Nut trees will provide them with food too. Instead of watching a tree slowly die and dry, you could have a live Christmas tree in your lounge which can be put outside for the rest of the year (just beware of the insects that move into the pot while outdoors, when you bring it in again -- one year my poor grandmother unwittingly unwrapped her gift from below our live tree and out flowed a sea of earwigs). There are many suitable trees that can live happily in a pot, including some of the pine species. Gardeners are the very best people to buy for as there are so many gift ideas available from nurseries, garden centres and bookshops. Packets of seeds, a plant for the garden or patio, new tools, a hammock, the list is almost endless for giving. One of my most memorable Christmas gifts as a child was a pink flowering impatien. It's ''aliveness'' was a standout among other now forgotten items. But there are still ideas that are novel and haven't been considered by many people yet at all, like the garden loom. This is a permanent structure, standing about 1.8 metres, which is positioned or ''planted'' outside beneath a shade tree where a pleasant hour or two can be spent seated beside it, weaving. The weaving needn't be done by just one person either, it could be a family or community effort. In autumn it could be a weaving of food sources for wintering birds. A stand-up loom can be suitable for a wheel-chair bound person. The loom can be woven with wool or found objects in your garden. Flowery climbers can be grown beside it to give your work-in-progress a living frame. Weavingalife.com has information on this quirky idea and how to make one. For pot plant gifts, why not pot up a plant in an unexpected container -- like a teapot? Or an old boot? You could wrap a piece of cotton cloth or woollen fabric around a plant pot for a homely and retro effect. Perhaps you have an old picture frame that could be painted and hung as a garden ornament. Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and for many happy hours spent in the garden in 2012. Green present Run out of time to choose a present or want something small enough to pop inside a Christmas card, how about a Go Gardening gift card? You can preload to suit your budget and they can be redeemed at any of the 250 member stores spread from Kaitaia to Invercargill. They include both the big names in garden retailing as well as lots of fantastic boutique garden centres. Visit gogardening.co.nz to find your nearest retailer or buy online.
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