November 2014

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Save the date:  Saturday, November 15th we will be hosting our annual Holiday Open House from 9-6. Come and be inspired by our latest holiday displays, décor and abundant ornaments. Save 25% on holiday décor for one day only. We will have door prizes and our first 25 customers of the day will receive a free gift.  Take a break at Marigold Café for a holiday-themed treat, coffee or lunch. Marigold Café will be open from 9-4.

Green Friday Sale:

Save a trip to the big city and shop locally Friday, November 29th. MD Nursery will be having our annual Green Friday Sale. Everyday items will be 30% off for one day only. Save time and gas and pick up your holiday gifts here. Sale excludes holiday décor and Marigold Café items.

Indoor Gardening:

As the outdoor gardening season has come to a close, we can now keep our green thumbs going indoors. Indoor plants are as popular as ever because they inspire productivity, are calming and help create a sense of well-being. Through the winter, this newsletter will explore simple indoor gardening ideas and projects that will put a smile on your face and keep you going until spring arrives.

Try This: Table Top Cactus Garden
Select a container for your garden. Get creative! Try an old teapot, decorative box,  cookie tin or keep it simple with a plain terracotta pot.  Next, chose your mini cacti. Any combination is fine, but a mix of heights and textures always looks good. Fill your container partially with cactus mix. Cactus mix is a fast-draining soil specially made for cacti.  Using gloves or tongs gently remove the cacti from their containers and arrange in your container.  Carefully back fill with more cactus mix. Top with a light layer of gravel or decorative rock. Water gently and place in a warm, bright spot. Depending on your room temperature and the size of your plants, cacti will need gentle watering every 10-14 days. Generally, the bigger the plant and container, the less frequent watering they will need.

Backyard Birding

Attracting birds to your property is a great way to get a close look at our feathered friends. The winter months can be a busy time for backyard birding as many resident and migratory birds are readily attracted to feeders as their natural food supplies dwindle. Children and adults alike can learn to appreciate different plumage, bird song and habits of many different species. A bird feeder is one step to bring birds into your yard. Offering birds cover and safety from their predators will attract more birds to your yard. Planting trees and shrubs and placing a bird feeder near these will help give them the cover they need. Bird feeders should be elevated to keep the birds safe from cats and other predators. Make sure the bird seed you buy works with the type of feeder you have.

Tube Feeders:
These are best for sunflower seeds.  These feeders attract a wide range of wild birds including finches, chickadees, grosbeaks, pine siskins and nuthatches.

Nyger (thistle) Feeders:

Specially designed for holding tiny nyger seeds, these feeders can be made out of mesh or be a solid tube-shape with small holes to accommodate nyger seed. This high energy food is best to attract goldfinches.

Suet Feeders:
This type of feeder is designed to hold square cakes of suet. Suet attracts woodpeckers, flickers, finches and titmice.

Drop Feeders: A drop feeder has an opening at the bottom where bird seed spills out onto a tray. This will attract many birds, but can also waste a lot of seed due to high winds or aggressive foraging birds like magpies.

Want to learn more? The Backyard Bird-Lover’s Guideis a wonderful reference book for attracting, feeding, identifying and admiring the birds in your yard.This and many other books are available in our book nook. The book nook is located upstairs above the gift shop.

Bird of the Month: Downy Woodpecker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In this newsletter, we will be featuring one bird species each month through the winter. Follow along as we explore the backyard and wild birds of the Teton region.

The Downy Woodpecker is a common year round resident in our region. They are smaller than their big cousin, the Hairy Woodpecker, measuring 5 ½ inches long. Their diet is largely composed of beetles, caterpillars, ants and larvae. They are typically spotted in parks, open woods and barnyards. They will often appear alongside flocks of chickadees and nuthatches. They visit birdfeeders for sunflower seeds or suet in the winter months.  Nesting in tree cavities, these woodpeckers have one clutch of 4-5 young each spring.

What’s New:

November is a busy month in the gift shop and greenhouse as we clear out the last of our summer items and move into holiday mode. Besides our beautiful Christmas tree and ornament displays, we also have a flow of seasonal goods coming into our shop:

  • Baking tags and labels
  • Scented Candles
  • Cozy winter accessories
  • Jewelry
  • Seasonal linens and aprons
  • Gift bags, gift tags and wrapping paper
  • Boxed Christmas Cards
  • Baking tags and stickers
  • Indoor paperwhite and amaryllis bulbs

Christmas trees, poinsettias, fresh wreaths, greens and garland will all be arriving around Thanksgiving.

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