Just say “yes” …to Live Christmas trees!

Mixed evergreen wreath made @ Madras Garden Depot
Mixed Evergreen Wreath

Are you ready for a “living” Christmas tree? Some of the symptoms might be:

  • A strong aversion to retrieving the artificial tree stored in a dusty shroud of assorted plastic bags in the attic, or horrors! high up in the garage rafters. This symptom can also be combined with:
  • Sudden fatigue from thinking about trying to re-assemble the correct “branch”  into the correct hole in the metal tree “trunk”. (Can also include minor scratching to face and arms from unyielding bits of spiky plastic and metal from said “tree”.)
  • Mental weakness brought on from extreme troubleshooting of “pre-lit” features of some artificial tree varieties.
  • Fear of losing control or going crazy from having to rescue a toppled artificial (or cut) tree due to the antics of cooped up & curious household pets.
  • Depression from paying upwards of a week’s worth of groceries for a lovely cut tree, coiffed to solid green perfection. (Note: a special technique called “laying-on” must be used for ornament placement due to density of sheared foliage.) Patient soon realizes that in less than 3 weeks the cut tree will be relegated to the bowels of the garbage truck tossed into a bin at the landfill site, or onto the burn pile…. This is simply too depressing for some family members to have to cope with.
All this could lead to excessive Holiday binging brought on by a sense of frustration due to the un-realized goal of having the tree ready for the arrival of a influential, (and often overly critical), family member or guest.

'Chief Joseph' lodgepole pine and other live evergreen trees

‘Chief Joseph’ lodgepole pine and other live evergreen trees

…Of course all of the foregoing is in jest, but we would like to offer a wonderful antidote –  Live Evergreen Tree, or ‘LET’ therapy!
We have a broad selection of live Christmas trees, including a species that is especially attractive and can be somewhat hard to find, the ‘Chief Joseph’ Lodgepole Pine (Pinus contorta var. latifolia ‘Chief Joseph’. This is a dwarf conifer whose needles are a medium green in the summer, but change to a glowing yellow during the winter. How’s that for a splash of color in your winter garden? Come Spring, the needles turn green again.
These trees are native to eastern Oregon’s Wallowa Mountains. George Will of Sandy, Oregon discovered this lodgepole pine variant while hunting – and dug the specimen up with an ax. You won’t need an ax; we offer ball & burlap’Chief Joseph’ pines in 2 heights.
Very slow-growing, ‘Chief Joseph’ ‘ averages about 2” to 4” each year. After 10-12 years  it will probably be about six feet tall. This is a good tree for a small yard or an empty spot that needs a year ’round focal point. Culturally this tree needs well-drained soil (preferably planted in a berm) and full sun for the best winter color, but it will tolerate some shade at the expense of the bright yellow color. Hardy to -30°, zone 4


Our live tree inventory includes:

Firs:
Norway, Golden Spanish, Nordmann, Subalpine and Turkish Firs
Pines:
Austrian, Bosnian, Ponderosa, Scotch, Vanderwolf and White pines
 Spruce:
Colorado Blue, Colorado Green, Columnar Blue and Serbian spruce.
Other unusual Holiday trees:
Boxwood, Lemon Cypress (indoor only), Columnar Juniper….
As always, we offer free planting advice for all of our trees (a handout is also available if you want one), and for 2 or more trees purchased, we’ll throw in the correct amount of our organic fertilizer with mychorrizae.


Other Holiday plants & gifts inside the store….

Handmade wreaths (we take custom orders as well!), blooming Poinsettia, colorful & fragrant Cyclamen (perfect for a cool room or windowsill), 4 colors of Christmas Cacus, Tillandsia air plants, potted Amaryllis, ‘forced’ narcissus and hyacinth bulbs in vintage glass vessels, and a lovely selection of  vintage glass ornaments (such as the bluebird and mushroom pictured below)!


Come visit our booth!

@ the Madras Saturday Market Holiday Market, 2 days!!

Fri. Dec 16th, noon-7 pm + Sat.Dec. 17th, 9 am-4 pm at the Jefferson Co. Fairgrounds

Wild & Crazy Weather!

Today we’ve decided to abbreviate our hours for the next 2 days, opening at 11 am and closing at 2 pm Saturday and Sunday Oct 15 & 16th. 

Hopefully some of you will see this post here, or on our Facebook page, or call ahead and listen to our phone message or at last resort see the sign posted on our gate. if you really need something earlier or later call or email us and we’ll do the best we can to accommodate.

We just need a little break from this wind-whipped storm frenzy. Normal 9-5:30 hours will resume next Tuesday, Oct 18th.  Thanks for understanding!

 

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Here are a few new things at the nursery worth checking out:

*PS: Please check out our upcoming Field Trip event on Facebook, or on our Google calendar feed to the right > a ‘Mini Parkdale Fruit Loop’ coming up this Monday Oct 17th – it’s going to be a blast! 

 

Hypertufa? What??

Planted Hypertufa containers
Planted Hypertufa containers

Hey Central Oregon gardening fans! Do you like interesting , all weather planters for tabletops and patios?  Please consider joining the gang at Madras Garden Depot for our 5th annual August Hypertufa container classes, Saturday, August 6th and Saturday August 20th from 10am-1:30pm  Each participant in the class will make up to 3 hypertufa rock-like planters, which you can take home an plant up! They make perfect gifts too. We have scheduled 2 classes as some people really get hooked & want to make more containers, or bring friends and share the experience with them.
..So, just what is hypertufa you ask??

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A large hypertufa container planted with evergreens

Hypertufa is a recipe of cement and other inorganic & organic additives and the final product greatly mimics quarried stone. Rectangular stone troughs have long been used for planting small, often hardy alpine plants, but more xeric (water-thrifty) rock garden plants such as sedums & sempervirens can also be used. Each hypertufa container is uniquely different & beautiful!

Our cement mixer makes mixing the recipe’s a breeze, we have a huge inventory of forms to use, as well as different tints and stains. We will have light refreshments on hand. Do wear grubby gardening clothes and please bring your own sturdy rubber gloves. Be prepared to get dirty & have FUN!

Cost: $35 fee includes all materials & lunch.  This is a very popular class, please rsvp to 541 475-2068 or email: info@madrasgarden.com

We have the local cheer!

Freezing fog & Christmas trees
Freezing fog & Christmas trees

When you decide to ignore the cold fog do some Holiday shopping, consider a visit our nursery where you will find a nice assortment of indoor flowering plants such as cool-weather loving Cyclamen and Zygo (Christmas) cactus & Rabbit’s Foot Fern to bring on Holiday cheer!

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There is also a small group of hanging glass mini-terrariums containing little air-plants called ‘Tillandsias’ starting at $12.

Teardrop terrarium with Tillandsia
Teardrop terrarium with Tillandsia

Unusual varieties of winter-blooming Amaryllis are getting ready to bloom in a warm room and are available potted in various clay pots starting at $15  Pointsettias will arrive soon on Dec. 8th!

We just set out the fresh-cut Noble Fir Christmas trees. These are “naturally grown” trees (un-sheared & un-sprayed) that have been hand selected by us from 2 family farms in Oregon City & Boring. Want a tree to really show off your ornament collection? These are the real ‘old fashioned’ trees! Prices start at just $8.00 for a table top sized tree!


And on the wreath theme…Our handmade wreaths composed of (legally) hand collected greens from the forest are now available as we make them here inside the store. Know that they can be made up “just for you” by special order…please contact us soon to find out more & get on the wreath list!

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Lastly…a surprise! We have some really cool new garden & nature inspired jewelry items in our indoor gift area – all made “locally” in Oregon & California.
  • Vintage lockets made by Verabel, each one different and unusual starting at $36
  • Made in Madras: earrings and necklaces of semi precious beads and crystals starting at just $10
  • One of a kind Enamel Bluebird pins by illustrator Elizabeth Graeber to make anyone happy, $10

We have also added a line of artisanal soaps made in small batches with all natural ingredients and scents by a great little company, Three Sisters Apothacary. We picked our order up in person and had a nice chat with the owner about the trials, tribulations & joys of operating a small business. For something different , included in the offerings are 2 different kinds of shampoo bars for dogs!


 On Saturday Dec.12th, we will once again be participating as vendors at the Madras Saturday Christmas Market being held indoors from 9 am-4 pm at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. All of the vendors are truly local, so please support YOUR local economy by doing a little or a lot of shopping at the Market, and please come ‘bye & say “hello” to our booth.

Please tell your friends and neighbors, thanks!