Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Give Yourself and Your Home a Christmas Gift

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Give Yourself and Your Home a Christmas Gift

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SPLASH out and spruce up your home in time for the festivities. Whether you're looking to buy a real Christmas tree this year, or want some seasonal plants to make your home feel more festive, there are plenty of places you can go to in the North East which stock a wide variety.

Here's a helpful list of some companies who can help you: COWELL'S GARDEN CENTRE Today is Poinsettia Day and Cowell's Garden Centre in Woolsington, Northumberland, is well-stocked up with the traditional plant.

Contrary to popular belief, the seasonal spruce is not poisonous, however, people sensitive to latex, the milky fluid found in cut poinsettias and other plants, may experience irritation in the form of a rash if they come in contact with the sap.

The poinsettia's flowers are the brightly colored buds in the plants middle. So it's the leaves, or bracts, that give the plant its color. In nature, Poinsettias are perennials that can grow up to ten feet.

It's best to choose a poinsettia with firm stems and no signs of wilting, breaking or drooping. They need space to flourish, so be extra careful picking plants from a store where they're crowded into a display.

Avoid waterlogged soil, especially if the plant is wilted. That could indicate irreversible root rot. Keep the plant protected from winds and temperatures below 50degF (10deg C). The plant should be 2-1/2 times taller than the diameter of the container.

You should place your poinsettia in a sunny window.

Temperatures of 60-70degF are ideal (15.5deg-21degC ). Water when the soil is dry.

Do not fertilize while the plant is blooming.

If you cut your poinsettia for a flower arrangement leave at least four inches of stem. Seal the cut end by dipping in boiling water or holding over a flame for 15 seconds.

Beautiful all year around, poinsettias are more often bought for Christmas and can really add a festive feel to your home.

If you are looking to buy a poinsettia why not head to Cowell's Garden Centre where there is a wide range of poinsettias to choose from and where you are sure to fine the perfect one for your home.

Cowell's Garden Centre is on Main Road, Woolsington, Newcastle, tel: 0191 286 3403, email info@cowellsgc.co.uk, visit www.cowellsgc.co.uk MCCARTNEYS YARD At McCartneys Yard there is a wide range of real, freshly cut Christmas trees available. Sizes start at 5ft all the way up to 10ft, prices from PS35 and they offer a local delivery service for a small fee. They can also pick and deliver your tree for you without you having to leave the house, just give them a call and they can sort it all out for you.

McCartney's Yard is located at Unit 1 Dukesway, in Team Valley Trading Estate, Gateshead, NE11 0PZ. Tel: 0191 4206519, email: sales@mccartneysyard. …

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