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Happy Valentine’s Day! Celebrating with Dwarf and Miniature Conifers

We’ve been cooped up in the house for the last few weeks due to some uncharacteristically cold weather. Now that the snow has melted, I can truly enjoy one of my favorite holidays- Valentine’s Day.

Here are some appropriately named dwarf and miniature conifers in celebration of Valentine’s Day:

Here’s hoping that everyone has a special someone today.

Abies lasiocarpa `Alpine Beauty’

Alpine Beauty

Some of you might be gifting things like this:

Abies concolor `Blue Sapphir’

BlueSaphir

Cupressus macr. `Fine Gold’

Cupressus MACR Fine Gold

Cham lawsoniana `Treasure’

Treasure

You might be dining at some fine establishments and enjoying some sweet treats.

Cedrus deodara `Creampuff’

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Cham obtusa `Cream Tart’

cream tart

I’ll be celebrating with my little girl. Her first Valentine’s Day!

Larix kaempferi `Bambino’

Larix_kaempferi_Bambino

Above all, hopefully no one has “The Blues”!

Picea pungens `The Blues’

TheBlues

Since we are having more and more cold weather across the country, see here for my cold weather tips for dwarf and miniature conifers.

I hope everyone is enjoying Valentine’s Day!

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Miniature Conifers- How Does Your Garden Grow?

I have so much fun planning my gardens and planting dwarf and miniature conifers. I just love picking from the different textures, colors and types. It is so satisfying to see all of my hard work pay off with a beautiful landscape or container.  But sometimes I get lost in the here and now and forget about what things will look like down the road. A big question when I’m working on something new is always “How big will that get?”

So I thought about how to give an accurate account of what things might look like in a few years and I came up with this. The following is a series of photos with real life size comparisons to give you an idea of how big things will become.

I used an Ilex X ‘Rock Garden’ miniature Holly.  This lovely is going to be a part of a gift for my dear Aunt, which I will reveal soon. It will be so sweet with tiny red berries!

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By best guesses, it is about 4 years old and currently the size of a tennis ball.

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In about 10-12 years it will be the size of a basketball.

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Here is a look at how that would fit in a medium to large patio container.

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In addition to considering the size of plants and how they grown, here are a few other tips for planting your dwarf and miniature conifers:

–       Don’t plant on flat ground, mounding them will protect them from animals and provide optimal drainage.

–       Use a ground cover like small decorative rocks. This will keep rain from bouncing dirt up on to the leaves.  When this happens the dirt solidifies between leaves and browns things out, which can kill these tiny treasures.

–       Consider using a dwarf in the background for proportion. Dwarfs will grow faster than the miniatures, filling things out. Also consider using miniatures that grow at different rates to keep the container looking mature, even right after planting!

I hope this helps you keep size and proportion in mind while planting your dwarf and miniature conifers.

Tutorial- Holiday Trimmings for your Miniature and Dwarf Conifer Gardens

There is no way to escape it- the holiday season is upon us.  It seems like everywhere you turn these days there are santas, ornaments and holiday trimmings as far as the eye can see.  I’m always looking for a cute craft to help me embrace the season before the carols overtake the radio and the mood turns from delightful to slightly frenzied.

When I was browsing Pinterest the other day, I found this adorable little craft that I thought would be great for my small patio container. I like to move my patio container from my back porch onto my front porch as soon as I put my wreath up in December. It is fun to find new ways to incorporate my miniature and dwarf conifers into my decorations each year.  I try to put extra effort into my front porch and I always get complements on my decorations.  Last year my Father-in-law found some adorable little holiday critters to adorn my container. This year, I thought I would surprise him with some of these little beauties!

For the tutorial on how to make the reindeer, I followed this blog. Here is the pin where I found it.  Finally, here is how my little reindeer project turned out. It was very easy and it only took me about 10 minutes to make both Reindeer.  Wouldn’t it be so fun to have these guys around a mini railroad set at the holidays? These mini conifers make this adorable.

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For fun, here is a photo of the container from last year.  The mini snowmen and nutcrackers came from Walgreens, of all places. They have a great selection at really reasonable prices.

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For anyone who is interested, here is a list of the plants in my container. Clockwise from top left:

Cryptomeria japonica`Tansu`
Juniperus communis `Compressa`,
Chamaecyparis lawsoniana `Treasure Island`,
Cryptomeria japonica `Tenzan`,
Juniperus horaizontalis `Blue Pygmy`

How are you getting ready for the holidays? Are you using dwarf and miniature conifers in your preparations?