December is traditionally the time for the Christmas trees and our Fresh Irish Christmas Trees arrived here at Rockbarton Garden Centre on Wednesday 29th November.
Have you a date that you traditionally put up your tree? I know some like to have it up for the Late Late Toy Show. In our house we celebrate one of the kids birthdays on December 6th and I like to celebrate this and put up the Christmas tree after this date.
But either way, no matter when you decide to put it up if you want it to last through the Christmas season then you need to ensure to keep it watered. I place a pot precariously under the tree filled with water (well Bryan does!) and the base of the tree sits in the water!! Others like to put it in a bucket of sand or soil, but the main thing is to keep it watered so that it will stay fresh. Try and put the tree away from the fire or radiators, so that it won't dry out too fast.
Christmas wreaths are another lovely Christmas tradition. I make wreaths using natural foliage, with cones, ribbons and lots of sparkles. I can make wreaths that are suitable for your door, or for a loved ones grave. There are always a large variety in stock and you can pick between using just natural decorations with limes, lotus heads, or go for something more colourful with reds, golds or silvers. I can make to order, so just get in touch if you would like to order something
Order form for Christmas Arrangements
We have Christmas Wreath Workshop here at Rockbarton Garden Centre every year, where everyone makes their own Christmas Wreath, using fresh foliage sourced locally. We use holly, Golden King with lots of red berries, eucalyptus and pittosporum. These are all different coloured foliage, with different leaf sizes and shapes which adds to the texture of your wreath. I also supply all the decorations, dried oranges, limes, lotus heads, cones, along with baubles, ribbons and bows. There is never a shortage and you get to fill your Christmas Wreath, so that it is full of colour and vitality. You will be the envy of friends and neighbours when they see your fabulous Christmas wreath on your door.
Hear more about our wreath classes 2018 - I will email you before the date to remind you that it's on.and the details of how to book.
I also make table centres using fresh flowers and foliage, in oasis with candles, robins and cones, maybe even a few apples! As they are all made using fresh materials, , , these are normally available from the 13th of December, I use lots of fresh foliage and flowers and find that if they are made after this date they will last through the Christmas period. They area a beautiful addition to your Christmas table.
Wishing you and your family a safe, enjoyable Christmas.
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I didn't get a chance to take any pictures at the Christmas Boutique Market, Ciara from Happy Food at Home, I hope you don't mind me sharing yours.
What an amazing day yesterday at our Christmas Market. Thank you so much to all of our traders that were here, they really made the day a huge success, the variety of stalls, the warm welcomes, makes it so easy to hold our annual boutique fair.
A HUGE massive thank you to all that visited yesterday, we hope you enjoyed the complimentary mulled wine, Get West archery and Roisin Meaney storytelling. Our little tea shop for the day was a huge success, it was great to see so many people sitting down and enjoying the chat and craic throughout the day. We hope that everyone that visited enjoyed the day as much as us (although I do have to admit, feeling a little tired today!).
But all of this would not be possible without the huge support from both my family and Bryan's, it was all hands on deck. David (Bryan's Dad) was directing cars and traffic along with Eamonn (my brother), Muireann (Bryan's sister) and Suzanne (my sister) were manning the coffee shop, serving tea, hot chocolate and coffee!! Mary (Bryan's Mum) provided the very warm welcome at the gate serving our complimentary mulled wine. In the background my own parents were taking care of my David, John, Ned, Mary-Anne and baby Levi, while cooking dinner, so when the market was over we'd a hot meal to eat. Without all this help from our families, we would not have gotten through the day. Also a huge thank you to our friends and neighbours that helped out and lent us equipment for the market. I must add that we'd a lot of help from our families before the market, getting the coffee shop set up and ready, putting up marquees, working long evenings after a days work. We truly are forever grateful to all and everyone that makes our Boutique market fair a huge success. We hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas, Thanks for all the support, Lynda & Bryan
Thank you so much to our customers who took the time out to write some fabulous words about our market. Here's some of the things that you had to say
"Great day today at the Christmas market. Wonderful atmosphere and some beautiful stalls. Well done Lynda and Co. Already looking forward to next year!!" - Karimi Nash
"What a lovely afternoon at the Christmas market in Rockbarton Garden Centre. My small man had an absolute ball playing archery which I might add was free. We loved our hot chocolate & marshmallows ,the stalls were all just fabulous & the beautiful array of plants & shrubs was just amazing. Last year was brilliant & this year ye really outshone yourselves yet again. Well done Lynda, Brian & all the family I can’t wait for next years one already!!" Rosaleen Hartnett
Fab day yesterday.Loved the mulled wine - Maura McNamara
What a fantastic afternoon spent with great friends at Rockbarton Garden Centre Christmas Fair. We thoroughly enjoyed the family friendly and festive atmosphere! There were any amount of potted plants, Christmas trees and wreaths available and so many beautiful local crafts and food! The story time & hot chocolate went down a treat with the little ones! Wonderful job Rockbarton garden centre, especially Lynda and all your elf helpers!! - Michelle Farnan
Had the most wonderful Christmas market today in Rockbarton Garden Centre, Linda and Brian you worked so hard for a great day hopefully enjoyed by both traders and visitors, as traders we never know what the day will bring , so when customers come and we traders have a laugh... life is good. Theresa The Green Apron, SamCookie and Crumb, Claire Sandwich Sisters. Linda I am in love with Space... and baby Levi. Many Thanks for a wonderful day ❤️❤️ - Ciara Brennan, Happy Food at Home
Lynda is married to Bryan and they have 5 children, Together they have created a garden centre with the perfect plants, shrubs, trees and flowers to help you create the ornamental garden of your dreams !