December 8, 2018 10:11:51 PM
You may recall that I mentioned at this time last year that there are 400-plus varieties of holly. But would you believe it's hard to find some when you want some? I just drove around southside Columbus looking for some for someone to share with me. Yes, I finally found some on The W campus. (I promise no one will ever notice them missing!) It is the perfect floral/greenery to decorate with during this season. Some other good decorating plants are nandinas and magnolia leaves.
Here's a challenge: What other plants do you know that are used for decorating at Christmas? If you aren't sure, or just plain don't know, let the Lowndes County Master Gardener classes enlighten you. They will begin Feb. 19 and go through March 5, every Tuesday and Thursday 1-5 p.m. at the Extension Office at 485 Tom Rose Road, near the junction of Highway 45 South and Old Highway 82.
Of course, everyone knows about poinsettias, but I don't suggest you let someone share theirs with you; they cost money. Now you can grow your own, but if you are a beginner these might be a flower to put on the back burner until you have further experience. They are labor intensive and particular about growing conditions.
There is less to do in the garden this month, but less does not equal nothing, so here are your tips for December:
Some Christmas decorations are poisonous to people and pets: Keep boxwood, holly, mistletoe and Jerusalem cherry high up and out of reach.
Now, put on a jacket and go play in the dirt.
Sharon Carrigan of Columbus shares monthly gardening tips on behalf of the Lowndes County Master Gardeners.