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Christmas Blossoms at Wenke Greenhouses

With the cold weather descending, my garden is looking a little forlorn. The only thing catching my eye right now are some graceful grasses and a few gorgeous pink cabbages that I planted in my perennial garden this fall.  This was my first venture in planting ornamental cabbage and kale. I didn't have much room in my perennial gardens, but I did manage to squeeze in a few.  In addition, I also planted a galvanized tub full of cabbage, kale, mini ornamental peppers and mums to put in the front of the house. It was spectacular! This past weekend, I replanted that container with some cut greens for winter and was surprised to find the cabbages were still going strong. The best thing about ornamental cabbage is that the color deepens as the weather gets colder. I am definitely going to make room for more cabbage next fall to bring more dramatic color in my perennial garden all the way into winter.

Recently, one of our customers asked if poinsettias are poisonous. I wanted to share this because it is common around Christmas time for people to warn one another about the alleged toxicity of poinsettias. The great news is they’re beautiful, they're safe and they shout Christmas!  You can read more in the article below.

I have begun to decorate our home using a combination of lights, live plants and cut greens. They are perfect for bringing my home to life in a season when the garden is closing down. You may be surprised with the quantity of beautiful and fragrant choices you have in live plants that bloom during the holiday season. You can learn more about decorating with live plants and cut greens in the articles below. If creating your own planter or urn sounds too daunting, Wenke has planters already arranged for you or feel free to bring in your own planter and Michele can design a spectacular one just for you.

There is still time to sign up to Create you own Christmas Centerpiece. Class is December 14th at 11:00 am. Cost is $25 payable after class. Register on our website or call 269-388-2266 for more info. We hope you can join us for some fun while creating an amazing centerpiece for your holdiay table.

We have lots of unique gifts available that you will love to give to that special someone on your list. Wenke gift certificates make great gifts for the gardener or homeowner on your list and are available in any denomination.

We look forward to helping you make your home warm, vibrant and welcoming this Christmas!

~Laura Valence

Wenke Greenhouses

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Despite their toxic reputation, poinsettias are not poisonous!

No plant is more closely associated with Christmas than the poinsettia. It is celebrated for its beauty but also feared for its toxicity. For years, poinsettias have had the bad reputation of being poisonous. However, poinsettias have undergone extensive testing and there is no evidence that they are toxic or unsafe to have in the house.

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Christmas Plants that add warmth and vibrance to your home

Many houseplants that bloom in December have become staples of holiday decorating, including Christmas cactus, cyclamen, kalanchoe, paper whites, phalaenopsis orchids, amaryllis, rosemary and, of course, poinsettias. Dwarf Alberta spruce and Norfolk pine make ideal miniature Christmas trees. These are ideal for placing around the house or in a guest room to welcome holiday visitors.

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Decorating with Cut Greens

Cut greens are perfect for bringing any home to life in a season when the garden is closing down. Cold weather or not, we still use our entryways, front doors and driveways and it is important to keep these places welcoming, not just for others but for our own sense of wellbeing.

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