We sell large trees and hedges throughout the year, but I have to face the fact that there are problems buying and selling in extreme weather like we have at present. There are obvious difficulties with transport, but also more subtle, long term problems with hardiness and survival of the more tender species. Last winter, which was tough for many people here in the UK, was even more extreme in parts of mainland Europe including countries where many of our plants are grown. How can we be sure that normally hardy plants which we buy and sell at this time of year will thrive. Basically I’m not sure we can and replacement of failed specimens appears to be the only answer.Last year parts of the Netherlands had more extreme weather than we had in the UK with temperatures falling much lower.
One result was that some evergreens such as laurels, bought widely from Holland for hedging and screening, appeared fine when delivered in early spring but several of them dropped their leaves soon after and appeared completely dead. Customers buying these needed them replaced and we, and the nurseries who supplied them, were happy to arrange this. Of course we had to be satisfied the plant deaths were not the result of poor planting and aftercare. The landscapers who bought and planted these explained to their customers that they were bought in good faith and that it is not always possible to be sure from the appearance of plants bought after extreme weather that they are still thriving. Buying deciduous plants can also be difficult as trees and shrubs bought and planted in the winter may not show any obvious signs of death or distress until they fail to thrive in the spring.
Buying plants can be more difficult in extreme weather but what about looking after them and planting them. Advice usually depends of the kinds of plants bought. If you buy plants in containers such as pots or growing bags they are, providing they are hardy plants, able to survive for long periods out of the ground. Problems can be greater for evergreen plants as they need moisture throughout the year and protecting the roots from extended periods when their roots are frozen solid is very worthwhile. They need to be able to take up at least some moisture. Plants which are rootballed ( their roots are wrapped in hessian, or wire and hessian, which is put in the ground without unwrapping ) need to be placed away from drying winds but again these are usually capable of standing periods of extreme weather. Plants delivered barerooted need extra protection. If the ground is covered in snow or frozen so that they can’t be planted on even a temporary basis, they may be better with their roots wrapped and stored out of direct wind.
Given our financial climate lately, not too many of you will have everything that you want for Christmas. That is because there’s not a lot of money for gifts. All of your parents’ expendable income is going towards the basic of living.
Instead of feeling bad about this state of affairs, perhaps it would be better if you helped your parents to make it the best Christmas ever without spending a lot of money. Perhaps you could be one of the central forces towards creating a wonderful and magical holiday without a lot of presents.
Here are a few tips on how to do just that. Not only will you be happier, but your parents will be very proud of you too.
1. Try and make some of your gifts. If you crochet, make a scarf for a sibling and a candle for Mom. You may want to knit a scarf for Dad. Or you may want to treat your Mom or Dad to breakfast in bed.
2. Try and bake some of your Christmas gifts. Make some cookies or muffins. You may even want to make some fudge or shortbread and wrap them as Christmas gifts. Your siblings will love them. And your Mom will be glad to help you make them, if you ask her.
3. Don’t expect too much or demand that you get anything for Christmas. Your may put a price limit on how they’ll spend for each of you. Be grateful instead of miserable about the situation.
4. Practise gratitude instead of greed. It will go a long way towards making you feel better during the holidays. You can enjoy yourself without getting a lot of gifts.
By following these tips, you could enjoy the holidays without expecting too much or giving too much. You could enjoy the small and meaningful things in life, and you could learn to appreciate them instead of large gifts that only mask the true meaning of the holidays.
So, take the time to give your parents a break. These financial times are hard on everyone. Be appreciative, grateful, and helpful. You can make this the best Christmas ever, with or without a lot of gifts.
Experiencing the advance technology today, a lot of people are depending on gadgets for their everyday lives, and kids too. Today’s younger generation has been a techie freak generation as current wish list of these kids also includes gadgets.
Yet with many kids asking for gadgets as gifts, there are still many children who still plead for classic toys such as toy trains. Train sets for kids are an integral part of anyone’s childhood and there are even some adults who have not outgrown this hobby.
Train sets are still in-demand not only for holidays even with the presence of competing advanced toys, you can even see them running beneath your family Christmas tree. So does it comes to your mind why train sets still sell to kids?
Children at present need more interpersonal interaction from people who are around them since today’s younger generation find themselves glued to the TV screen or the computer monitor, making them sedentary and with less physical activities. Toy trains can pave a way for parents and their children to spend time putting up their train set layout and this promotes bonding between the parent and child and also among siblings.
Research also shows that dealing with the techniques in construction and coming up with strategies for kids can very much contribute to the enhancement of their critical thinking. Moreover, this step by step procedure of creating a train model layout aids your child in learning the value of goal setting and taking it to heart, or hard labor, and finally enjoying the fruits of one’s labor.
The advance technology of today has provided us the opportunity to improve the classic hobby of setting up a train model layout and provided us the chance to set up a child friendly layout for the children. Now, a parent can purchase train sets and give these to their children without the risk of having the little ones choke with its small parts.
Such advance train set models like Lego kits and other train toys for kids are a perfect choice for parents who have toddlers who are yet starting to play. These types of toy trains are recommended for the children of age 3 who are yet starting to play since its pieces are a bit chunky and the child won’t have problems manipulating them on his own.
Train sets for kids are quite popular since they have beautiful colors and they are easy to build. And as much, these toy trains are also popular among the parents because they are proven safe based on manufacturers’ standards for safety.
In the meantime, kids or teenagers who can handle the more complicated layout and already have the sense of value for these things, the classic train set is a great way for leveling up the train set collection. To transcend your child’s level of play, classic model trains are offered with their numerous options of layouts, scale sizes and models.
It has been observed that in this era of business people don’t have enough time to take care of their homes due to which it gives a perfect and a golden opportunity to these pests to attack the homes of people. The question which arises here is that how many dangers are present for us from being attacked by these pests and what could be the ideal solution for it?
The ideal solution for this problem is to use pest control methods and pest control pesticides but still the same question strikes the minds of the people. The answer to this question is that their homes are open to attack from everywhere. Even the roofs of houses are not safe from pigeons as they destroy the colors of roof and plants.It is very important to note this as a remembrance because there are many things which should be kept in mind while all this happens. Moreover, if we talk about ground and floor then we can say that they are open to attacks from ants, rats and mouse. if we talk about ceilings then we can say that they are open to attacks from woodworms and when we talk about our beds and furniture, the same story goes on and. Still, there is no perfect solution to anything which causes these pests to give massive troubles in our homes. Keeping this thing mind, we can say that we need such a thing which would be an ideal pest control option.
But the question which arises here is that which is that thing? The answer to this thing is that cleanliness is the only option which is left because pests of any kind, whether they are woodworms or rats, don’t like to live in clean places. So, if people can keep their homes neat and clean then we can definitely say that we can get ourselves saved from pests.