It’s the middle of November and most of us are busy getting ready for the Christmas season. Whether you’re planning a get-together, a family dinner, or just want to deck your halls this Christmas season, Mandala Floral has some great ideas and tips to get your home ready for the holidays.
Outdoor pots or urns are a great way to welcome guests to your home and create a joyful feeling right at your doorstep. Greening and decorating your urns can be daunting task, but the finished product is stunning and will last throughout the winter season. Here are a few helpful hints to make your outdoor pots beautiful and keep them looking fabulous well into the new year:
Line your containers with a large plastic bag (garbage bags work great!) . This ensures nothing will leak onto your driveway or porch, and will also make it easier to remove the arrangement next year. If your containers are deep, place a filler at the base, such as sandbags or an upside-down bucket. Next, fill the remaining space in container will soil, at least 10″-12″ deep.
Using a mix of cedar, pine, and fir, strip the ends of any excess foliage and place the stems deep into soil. We recommend using fresh seasonal greenery from your local garden center or florist, as they are more likely to last longer. Place any decorative twigs you plan to use into the soil early on, because they will need to go deep into the soil so they don’t shift while you are arranging the rest of your seasonal greens.
When you are satisfied with your arrangement, add accents that compliment the rest of your decor, such as silk berries, Christmas bobbles, or twinkle lights. Over-sized sugar cones are one of our favorite accents, as they add visual interest and are extremely eye-catching. And finally, once your arrangement is complete, add water! The soil will need to freeze for your greens to last. A small amount of water will accomplish this so make sure not to saturate your soil too much.
At Mandala Floral, we also understand that you may not have the time to green and decorate your outdoor urns – let us do it for you! We offer on-site container greening throughout the greater Calgary area, so call to get your free estimate today!
Visit our website www.mandalafloral.com or call us for a free consultation at (403)257-5155
Stay tuned for more great holiday tips and decorating ideas!