What Do Gardeners Want for Christmas?

It is only eleven weeks and a few days to Christmas Eve. Does that give you a shiver of anticipation, or a shudder at so much to do, so little time?

The only garden gift chore I’ve done is put hyacinth bulbs in to chill. With 8 weeks chill and 4 weeks out, they should bloom by Christmas in water and stones. Or, with 12 weeks chill they should bloom for Valentine’s Day, in case I get behind.

It takes fewer weeks to force Amaryllis into bloom. Easy, easy.

Gardeners are easy to buy gifts for: a load of manure, if you’re not a romantic, 10 rose bushes if you are — make that a promise of rose bushes, they won’t be ready until about February.  One of the handiest gadgets I got one Christmas was a little meter to stick in a pot to see if the soil is moist all the way down.

Books! I could make the longest list of books I’d like under my tree. I noticed a blog whose book being read was anything from Timber Press. I could start there, too.

Short of funds? Build someone a bottle tree with found wood and empty bottles.

Almost forgot, I did do one other chore, reminded by someone who makes lists on their blog: I tucked the Christmas Cactus in a spot where the security light won’t keep it from forming buds between now and Christmas and where it won’t get showered by any other plant dripping water from the pot. It has grown a lot since this picture from last year. I picked it up for just pennies, after Christmas.

What are you doing to get ready for Santa?

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  1. Nola @ the Alamo

     /  October 16, 2009

    Every year I promise myself that I will try to force bulbs, but so far I never have. Maybe this year… Can't wait to see yours all in bloom. Love the bottle tree, think I'll suggest that to my beloved, if I start asking now, maybe I'll have one by Christmas!

  2. Tatyana@MySecretGarden

     /  October 9, 2009

    Your post is a great boost to my memory! I was still enjoying Indian summer!
    Bulbs! Christmas! Thanks for reminding!

  3. evolutionofagardener

     /  October 8, 2009

    Thanks for the reminder to cover my Christmas cactus at night. It's interesting to note how unsuitable the good gifts for a gardener would be to anyone else. At my encouragement, my hubby and daughter gave me red wigglers this past mother's day. I love my pets and their gifts to help my flowers grow, but how often would worms really make a good gift? šŸ™‚

  4. Deborah at Kilbourne Grove

     /  October 7, 2009

    I actually have a collection of antique hyacinth vases, that I force bulbs in. Sometimes, if I forget, I buy a started pot and wash the soil off the roots, and plunk them in the vase.
    They are very pretty when there is a number of them in flower.

  5. Thomas

     /  October 6, 2009

    Thanks for reminding me about the hyacinth bulbs…I wanted to have some blooming during the holidays this year.

  6. Sue

     /  October 5, 2009

    I'm with Grace in fall denial, but thanks for the reminder to put my Christmas cactus out of the light for awhile.

    I haven't seen a close up of your bottle tree before now. It's so cool!

  7. Autumn Belle

     /  October 5, 2009

    I love Amaryllis too. I think the flowers are lovely. Poinsettas reminds me of Christmas. I'd like a real Christmas tree too. Oh Christmas is coming. I can't wait to see the lovely pictures about Christmas. Would you believe me if I tell you that I used to dream of getting a present in the form of a yule log cake with Santa Claus, sleigh and reindeers when I was a kid? I saw this from the magazines and I had never tasted it then.

  8. Catherine@AGardenerinProgress

     /  October 5, 2009

    Eleven weeks does feel soon! I agree with all of your suggestions šŸ™‚ Great reminder to chill bulbs. I haven't tried forcing them before and I just might try this year.

  9. Ellie Mae's Cottage

     /  October 5, 2009

    I've already got my Xmas list together for Santa. Yup… almost everything on there is either for gardening or bird watching. I can't believe that time of year is getting so close. -Jackie

  10. Mary Delle

     /  October 5, 2009

    I love having the bulbs inside for winter. I do love Christmas cactus, too. Perhaps I'll get one this year.

  11. Muhammad khabbab

     /  October 5, 2009

    Wonderful post. I agree that gardeners are easiest to buy gifts for.

    Amaryllis is very suitable to our climate, flowers twice a year outdoor. And yes, the bottle tree is interesting.

  12. wiseacre

     /  October 5, 2009

    Guess I'll just give out rocks to the gardeners on my list.

  13. Gail

     /  October 5, 2009

    Such excellent ideas…and I needed to be reminded to get my special gifts for the Girl Friends' Christmas Party together! I think amaryllis bulbs are perfect. Thank you! Double thank you! Love the bottle tree! Is it listed at In The Garden? gail

  14. azplantlady

     /  October 5, 2009

    I love gardening books for Christmas and secondly bareroot roses. Only 11 weeks away……I had better start getting ready.

  15. janie

     /  October 4, 2009

    Eleven weeks to Christmas? Yikes, I haven't even ordered my bulbs yet!

    I agree about gifting gardeners. They are so easy! My friend told her children she wanted bags of composted manure from WalMart. They were horrified. So, she told them to just give her the money, she would buy the manure.

    I think manure is a fantastic present. LOL

  16. Grace Peterson

     /  October 4, 2009

    Hi Nell_Jean, The bottle tree is way cool.

    Other that weird smiley guy looking even stupider in a Santa hat on an Enzyte commercial [that aired just as I clicked onto your blog] I haven't thought about Christmas at all. But then, you see, I'm still in blissful denial about fall.

  17. Carol

     /  October 4, 2009

    I need to get my amaryllis repotted … I always get them to go dormant too late… I cannot think about Christmas yet… but for those that do … happy planning.

  18. Liz

     /  October 4, 2009

    11 weeks?! Seriously???

    Arghhh, I've barely even considered Christmas so far… Well, I have thought about what I want people to buy for ME šŸ™‚

    Great, and very timely post perhaps it'll kick start me to get going… šŸ™‚

  19. pamsenglishgarden

     /  October 4, 2009

    Oh, dear — I can't believe it is so close. I have a friend who has finished her Christmas shopping. Then I feel guilty because, of course, I haven't done a thing. I wouldn't find it too difficult to make a list for gifts I would like though.

  20. Felicia

     /  October 4, 2009

    Aw, sweet Santa doggy šŸ™‚ I got a new pair of clippers for my birthday this year and a fabulous leather holster that clips on my pants so I can always have it with me. Love it! And I feel like a cowboy (cowgirl?) or something with my clippers always at the ready šŸ™‚

  21. Rosey Pollen

     /  October 3, 2009

    I ordered Amaryllis, for some color this winter. Other than that, not a dang thing else.

  22. Teresa

     /  October 3, 2009

    I am glad you reminded me about forcing bulbs. I always seem to think of it after the fact, like when I see other's blooming. Handy list you offered. I can't believe it is getting to be that time again.

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