Greens

Becoming A Plant Nerd

By Christina Timm

Living in Minnesota we can all agree that it’s no surprise that we spend most of our time indoors during the winter, but this holds true all year round. On average Americans spend about 22 hours indoors a day. Now if you are a gardener or a plant enthusiast, this probably does not hold true for you. Bur for most of us we are spending time at home, in our cars, and at work indoors. While it might not be realistic to change our routine and get outdoors there are ways to bring a little bit of nature inside. How do we do this you might ask??

Houseplants!!!

When we buy our first houseplant we don’t really realize what we are getting ourselves into. One turns into two, two turns into three, and before you know it all your windows are filled with a variety of plants and we are calling ourselves plant parents. Even when we think there is no more space, we always make space.

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For those who have houseplants, you can relate to the bond that is created when owning them. We take pride in the fact we can take care of something and keep it alive. It never amazes me how plants can have different personalities. Depending on their light requirement, water intake, or foliage type each plant acts a little different.

The Cactus

I think we all can relate to the types of plants that sit there and look dangerous. You know… cactus. They don’t require a whole lot of attention and that’s why they are great to have on a sunny windowsill and let them be. It’s great to maybe sometime forget about them but come back to a happy plant nonetheless. That’s what makes cacti so great: their lack of needing water. Which brings us to our next plant type.

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Succulents

The sit there and look pretty plant: succulents! Succulents are a lot of fun, but sometimes can be tricky. They absolutely love the sun and can’t seem to get enough of it. Like the cactus they don’t require a lot of water either, which makes them great plant starters for new plant owners that are busy. However, too much water and you have an over-watered plant that just can’t seem to recover.

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Note to self: there is such a thing as loving your plants too much!

Water

Finding the right watering regimen is probably the trickiest part as a new plant owner. It’s all about getting to know your plant and what it likes. “How often should I water??” It’s the dreaded question we as retail team members struggle with, because it all depends on where you put it in your house. Window or no window, draft or no draft, a lot of light or no light, what your house temperature is normally, and so on.

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Alongside your watering regimen knowing how much water to provide at a time is another factor. This heavily depends on the container size. If you have a small container with a foliage plant, you don’t want to water excessively and run the risk of standing water. Someone once told me that you should water about ¼ of the container size. And of course, it goes even deeper when you have different plants that prefer different amounts of water. There are so many variables that decide how often you should water.

My Process

For example, on average, and this is a rough estimate, I water most of my foliage plants every other day and my succulents every 4 days. I say this is a rough estimate because certain plants dry out faster than others and I have a wonderful sunny window, so my cacti and succulents get a lot of sun. However, all this can change depending on the temperature. A cooler temperature requires me to water less frequently. So, you can see there are a lot of factors that play into being a plant owner.

I wanted to share my plant parenthood journey with all of you because it’s fun to learn what other people do and how we take care of our plants differently. Most of my plants have been with me for a year or greater. I have been able to get to know my plants and they have also helped me discover what they prefer. Owning and taking care of plants can be a great accomplishment and I wanted to share what I discovered along the way.

Take a few moments to comment below and explain your houseplant process, if you have any questions on the types of plants you see in the photos, or if you have questions on my watering schedule.

Remember: Every plant has a different personality so take a couple weeks to discover what they are like.

Custom Creativity

By Christina Timm

Here at Lynde we find joy in all different types of creativity, so when it comes to our custom designed Spruce Tip Arrangements there is no shortage of creative inspiration. This time of the year we are Santa’s elves creating away in our workshop. At least once a day we are visited by a curious customer excited to see our handy work in person.

Best part of our job is getting to create one-of-a-kind inspirations for our customers. We have an opportunity to work alongside you, getting to know what represents Christmas in your eyes. Whether it be traditional red berries, natural birds, or bright, glittery colors, we have worked with just about every material imaginable. If you do manage to surprise us with something new, we have the masterminds to figure out how to create your vision.

Custom - natural with a pop of red

Custom - natural with a pop of red

Custom - fuzzy owls

Custom - fuzzy owls

Custom - glitter and shimmer flair

Custom - glitter and shimmer flair

Custom Spruce Tip Arrangement

Custom Spruce Tip Arrangement

Any time we have workshops, whether it be for winter greens, fairy gardens, or even summer container gardens, we are always amazed on the variety of creations that come from our customers. That same variety holds true when it comes to our team members. Each person on our team has a unique sense of style. Some like to use natural elements like pine cones and berries while others like to combine different products to create something entirely new and fun.

No matter what your style is we have a team member that can work to bring your vision to life. It’s never too late to get creating. Stop in today to work with a team member. If you’re not sure where to start, check out our blog on creating a spruce tip container step-by-step. See you soon!

Winter Greens

By Christina Timm

Adding Some Texture with Winter Greens

Spruce Tips

Spruce Tips are the main ingredient you need when making a spruce tip container. They have body and volume that fill out a great portion of the container. For a traditional spruce tip container this will be used the most.

 Before you start to create your container, be mindful of which direction your container will be seen from; all the way around or just mainly from the front. This will determine where you place your largest spruce tip. For a front-facing container the largest spruce tip can be placed towards the back. Most spruce tip containers are made with the intention of being seen from every angle. In this case the largest spruce tip will be placed in the center with shorter spruce tips arranged around the center. 

Spruce Tips are in: Accent Greens come next

White Pine, Norway, Noble Fir, Juniper, and Incense Cedar are all accent greens that can provide texture and a unique touch. There are many different types of boughs to choose from, each one providing a little bit different feel.

 White Pine and Incense Cedar both create a softer look. The White Pine has long soft needles that create an airy touch to any spruce tip container. Incense Cedar can provide an elegant look with lush green foliage and a beautiful evergreen smell.

 Norway, Noble Fir, and Juniper are all accent greens that have sturdy blocks of texture. Norway is an amazing filler, providing a greater amount of volume at an equal or lesser cost. Noble Fir is great for filling in larger areas. It works great for window box accents. Juniper is one of the few winter greens that also provides a little extra flair with its blueberries. It is a very natural winter green which almost resembles a bird’s nest.

Winter Greens are in: Time to Personalize

Let the creativity begin. One might say this is the best part. Getting to add some personal flair and create a container that is unique for your home. Birch, curly willow, and red twig dogwood branches are great fillers providing more height. These can add a natural feel and look to complement any winter greens.

Pine cones and berries add natural color without overwhelming the container. Other natural materials like dried hydrangea flowers and grass plumes help create contrast. A bow placed front and center can add the final touch to any spruce tip container.

For a traditional-inspired container try using reds, browns, and tans for a more natural look. For more daring containers use bright bold colors like pink, purple, or blue, and it never hurts to add a little glitter!

Creativity is complete: Prepare for Longevity

To ensure your spruce tip container has the longest life possible be sure to water in the container (no need to water the foliage.) Next, spray wilt stop to help lock in the moisture and keep your winter greens looking fresh and green all winter long.

Holiday Centerpieces

Lynde Greenhouse & Nursery Blog By: Christina Timm

Picking Out The Best Centerpiece.

Norway spruce with red berries.

Norway spruce with red berries.

Fresh greens are a great way to add some holiday cheer to your dinner table. Bring the family around something truly inspiring this year. Here are some tips for picking out the best centerpiece and how to maintain its longevity.

First thing you want to think about is how big is your space? Is this for your dining room table or an end table? It's important to measure the space beforehand. With the busy holiday season, it's hard to remember everything, so write it down.

Spruce and White Pine Tips with red berries and a small cardinal.

Spruce and White Pine Tips with red berries and a small cardinal.

Next, make sure the centerpiece you are eyeing up has fresh greens. Our staff at Lynde Greenhouse & Nursery hand make all our centerpieces and hand pick the best greens to ensure you are taking home the best quality centerpiece possible. It is best to buy a centerpiece that isn't browning.  Make sure all your greens are a fresh bright green color!

Spruce and White Pine tips with red berries and pinecones.

Spruce and White Pine tips with red berries and pinecones.

When you find the centerpiece that speaks to you and make it a new addition to your home, it's important to know how to take care of the greens to maintain longevity.

Norway and White Pine tips with a white metal star.

Norway and White Pine tips with a white metal star.

Just like fresh cut flowers like water, fresh cut greens do as well. All our centerpieces are made with aquafoam to hold the greens in place and helps lock in the moisture. It's important to keep your greens well hydrated, watering them every 2-3 days as needed. If you start to see some browning on the greens, remove that portion with a pruners or remove the entire tip, depending on the severity.

Stop by Lynde Greenhouse & Nursery to see more centerpieces before the holidays. Saturday, December 23rd is our last day open for the holiday season!