Transcript: Christmas Crafts And Gardening | Dec 14, 2000

Fast clips show a candle on a wooden table. A hand picks petals off a white flower; turns the pages in a book, blows bubbles, knits, kneads dough, pours red wine, slides a ring on a finger, builds with blocks, breaks a loaf of bread, etcetera.
A white slate appears; an orange silhouette of a house at its center. It reads “More to life” in blue and red.

Maureen appears sitting in a TV studio. She´s in her early forties; has short red hair and wears a blue tailored suit. The table in front of her is full of gardening tools and flower pots.
Some Christmas decorations hang on the wall behind her.

MAUREEN smiles and says HI.
I'M MAUREEN TAYLOR.
WELCOME TO “MORE TO LIFE.”
TODAY WE'RE TALKING ABOUT
CHRISTMAS CRAFTY THINGS AND
GARDENING.
TODAY WE HAVE ELAINE MARTIN.
SHE HAS THREE STORES IN TORONTO
AND OAKVILLE AND ERIN.

Elaine is in her forties; she has short brown hair and wears a black t-shirt and brick coloured jacket. She stands behind a table. Some pine cones lay in front of her.

Maureen continues SHE WILL SHARE SOME GARDENING
IDEAS AND CHRISTMAS PLANT
IDEAS, GIFT FOR THE GARDENER IN
YOUR FAMILY.
WE'LL MAKE A CHRISTMAS WINDOW
BOX AND REPLACE THOSE EMPTY
FLOWER BOXES YOU HAVE OUTSIDE.
GIVE US YOUR CALL WITH
CHRISTMAS YOU HAVE ABOUT
GARDENING OR CHRISTMAS CRAFTS
IN TORONTO THE NUMBER IS 416 484 2727; long distance dial toll free 1888 411 1234.
WE CAN'T TAKE ANY e-mail TODAY.
I DON'T HAVE THE LAPTOP HERE.
ELAINE, WELCOME.

Elaine smiles and says THANKS FOR HAVING ME, THIS IS GREAT TO BE HERE.

MAUREEN says I PICKED OUT THE
TREE OVER THE WEEKEND.
CAN WE TALK ABOUT CHOOSING A
CHRISTMAS TREE, FIRST OF ALL?

She answers THAT WOULD BE GREAT.

MAUREEN says WHAT ARE THE
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR A TREE?

A caption appears below Elaine. It reads “Elaine Martin, A day in the country.”

Elaine says SO YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT A FRESH EVERGREEN TREE. THE IN THING IS TO HAVE A
FIR-- I REMEMBER WHEN I WAS A
LITTLE GIRL EVERYONE WANTED A
SCOTCH PINE AND A PERFECT MANICURED LITTLE TREE.
PEOPLE ARE GOING MORE TO
OLD-FASHIONED THINGS.
VINTAGE EVERYTHING.
SO WHY NOT A TREE?
FIRS ARE VERY POPULAR.

MAUREEN says I GOT A FRASER FIR.

She says THAT'S IT.
SEE?

MAUREEN says IS THAT THE IN
THING?

Elaine says THAT'S THE IN THING.
YOU'RE STATISTICALLY CORRECT.

MAUREEN says WHAT ATTRACTED ME
TO IT WAS THE BLUISH, ALMOST
BLUISH TINGE TO THE NEEDLES.
YET IT'S NOT A BLUE SPRUCE.
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE THERE?

Elaine explains WELL, A BLUE SPRUCE, THE
NEEDLES GO ALL THE WAY AROUND
EACH OF THE LITTLE STEMS.
AND THE BLUE SPRUCE OR ANY
SPRUCE TENDS TO DROP ITS
NEEDLES RATHER RAPIDLY.
WITH A FIR, IT WILL KEEP THE
NEEDLE FOR READILY.
YOU HAVE TO KEEP WATERING IT.
THE REALLY IMPORTANT THING IS
WHEN YOU GET IT HOME, YOU HAVE
TO GIVE IT A CLEAN CUT IN THE
BASE.
MOST WILL DO THAT TO GET IT IN
THE HOUSE.
YOU NEED TO GIVE IT A CLEAN
CUT.
FORMED ALMOST LIKE A SCAB--

MAUREEN says WON'T ABSORB THE
WATER.

Elaine nods and says CAN'T TAKE THE WATER OUT.
AND GIVE IT A CLEAN CUT.
AN INCH OR TWO IS FAR ENOUGH.
YOU HAVE TO REMEMBER TO KEEP
WATERING IT.
BUT THE FIR'S A NICE CHOICE
BECAUSE YOU HAVE THAT LITTLE
NEEDLE LOOK THAT EVERYONE
WANTS.
BUT YOU AVOID THE DROPPING OF
THE NEEDLES LIKE A SPRUCE.

MAUREEN says ANYTHING YOU PUT IN
THE WATER TO HELP PRESERVE THE
TREE LONGER?

Elaine says THERE ARE ALL KINDS OF MYTHS
ABOUT THAT.
PUT A PENNY IN THE WATER.
I USE GOOD OLD-FASHIONED WATER.
USED TO HAVING COLD WATER
BECAUSE IT'S BEEN OUTSIDE IN
THE COLD.
BECAUSE GIVING IT WARM OR HOT
WATER ISN'T GOOD.
TEPID OR COLD.

MAUREEN says THE FIRS ARE SAPPY
BECAUSE AS I PUT THE LIGHTS ON,
THE SAP IS ON THE FINGERS AS I
GO.
WHICH I DIDN'T NOTICE WITH THE...

Elaine says NO, THAT WILL HAPPEN MORE
WITH THE FIR.
WHENEVER YOU WORK WITH THAT
TYPE OF GREENERY, WHEN-- IF YOU
PUT SOME HAND LOTION ON FIRST,
THEN THE SAP WON'T STICK TO
YOU.

MAUREEN says ALL RIGHT.
CAN WE GET TO-- YOU'RE GOING TO
MAKE A WINTER FLOWER BOX FOR
US.

Elaine points to a container and says IN THIS CONTAINER RIGHT
HERE.

MAUREEN says OKAY.

She continues THAT-- THIS CONTAINER IS--
IS REALLY FINE.
BECAUSE-- IS REALLY FUN BECAUSE
IT'S FROST RESISTANT.

MAUREEN says IT WON'T CRACK.

She holds a rectangular terracotta container and explains THAT’S RIGHT, EVEN THOUGH IT'S TERRACOTTA
WITH A GLAZE.

A caption appears. It reads “Today’s topic, Gardening and Christmas crafts.”

She continues SOME PEOPLE LIKE TO-- THERE'S A
PROBLEM IN THAT WHAT WILL HOLD
EVERYTHING IN HERE.
THERE'S ALL KIND OF SOLUTIONS
TO THAT ONE IS TO FLOOD IT UP
WITH CHICKEN WIRE AND PUT FOAM
IN IT.
BUT WE USE A LOT OF GREENERY
AND STUFF IT IN.

MAUREEN says PACK IT IN THERE
TIGHT.

Elaine says REALLY TIGHTLY.
WE HAVE SOME GREENRY HERE SO
LET'S GET STARTED.

MAUREEN says YOU GO AHEAD AND
GRAB THINGS.
WHAT ARE THE TOOLS YOU WANT TO
HAVE ON HAND?

Elaine turns and picks up a pair of snips and says A PAIR OF GARDEN SNIPS.
TRY NOT TO USE A GOOD PAIR
BECAUSE THEY'LL GET FILLED WITH
SAP.
SO I HAVE A PAIR THAT I-- THAT
I TEND TO USE ONLY FOR THAT.

MAUREEN says RIGHT.

Elaine comments VINEGAR WILL SOMETIMES TAKE
IT OFF AFTERWARDS.

MAUREEN says OKAY.

She says SO IN HERE,
I'VE BROUGHT A FEW DIFFERENT
KINDS OF GREENERY.

She holds some branches of fir and explains THIS IS NOT UNLIKE THE SPRUCE
OR FIR YOU TALKED ABOUT.
IT'S NOBLE FIR.
IT COMES FROM QUEBEC.

She hands it to Maureen as she says THIS IS RUBBERY.
IT'S REAL.
A GOOD CHOICE FOR INDOORS
BECAUSE AGAIN IT DOESN'T DROP
THE NEEDLETS AND TAKE OUT THE
VACUUM AND DRIVE YOU CRAZY THE
WHOLE HOLIDAY SEASON.
WE'LL USE THAT ONE.

MAUREEN says OKAY.

Elaine says IT'S A GOOD ONE TO START
WITH.
AND YOU'RE JUST GOING TO TAKE
THEM OFF THE RUBBER BAND.

MAUREEN says THAT THEY CAME IN.

Elaine pulls off the rubber band holding them together.

She comments OKAY.
DARN, THEY CAME WITH A RUBBER
BAND.
THIS IS A GOOD CHOICE TO START
WITH BECAUSE IT HAS SO MANY
LITTLE BRANCHES.
ALL OF THOSE LITTLE BRANCHES
ARE ATTRACTIVE BECAUSE THEY'RE
GOING TO ACT AS THE GLUE TO
GRIP EVERYTHING ELSE.
SO IF I WAS TO USE SOMETHING
THAT DIDN'T HAVE ALL OF THESE
LITTLE BRANCHES THERE'S NOTHING
ELSE TO HOLD EVERYTHING ELSE
IN.
SO THE FIRST GREENERY THAT WE
CHOOSE, UM, THIS ONE OR CEDAR
IS GOOD FOR THAT AS WELL.
SOME PEOPLE IF YOU'RE USING
INDOORS LIKE TO USE ANOTHER
GREENERY FROM THE CAROLINAS
CALLED SOELLE AND IT’S A BROAD LEAF IT’S NOT A NEEDLE AND IT WORKS AS
WELL.
YOU CUT IT VERY SHORT.
THAT'S THE TRICK.
BECAUSE EVERYONE WANTS TO MAKE
IT HIGH.

Elaine nips the fir and starts to place it in the container, standing against the walls.

MAUREEN says DON'T START HIGH.

Elaine continues LET ME GET SOME MORE.

MAUREEN says JUST A COUPLE
PEEKING UP AN INCH OR TWO.

She answers THAT'S IT.
AS WE GO, THAT WILL BECOME
CLEAR WHY WE'RE DOING IT THAT
WAY.

MAUREEN says OKAY.

She pulls off the band and says LOSE THE OTHER BAND.

MAUREEN says YOU CAN GET THESE
AT NURSERIES AND--

Elaine says YEAH, YOU CAN--

MAUREEN says EVEN LOBLAWS HAS
THEM OUTSIDE.

Elaine smiles and continues EVERYONE SEEMS TO BE IN THE
ACT THESE DAYS.
I NOTICED DRIVING DOWN, DOWN
YONGE STREET, THERE ARE ALL
KIND OF STORES HAVE GREENERY
THERE.

MAUREEN says HOW LONG WILL THIS
LAST OUTSIDE?

Elaine nods and says OUTSIDE, I TEND TO GET
AROUND TO TAKING MY GREENERY
DOWN ABOUT APRIL.
I'M LIKE THE SHOEMAKER'S KIDS.
INSIDE, UM, THIS IS-- THIS IS A
FRESH PRODUCT.
SO IT IS GOING TO EVENTUALLY
HAVE A SHELF LIFE.
UM, BUT IF YOU CHOOSE THINGS
THAT-- THAT THE NEEDLES HOLD
AND IT DOESN'T GO BROWN, THEN
ALTHOUGH IT'S BRITTLE, IT WILL
LOOK LIKE IT'S NEW SO WE'RE
CHOOSING ALL THINGS THAT WILL
LOOK TERRIFIC.
YOU KEEP PUTTING ALL OF THESE
SHORT GUYS IN HERE.

MAUREEN says OKAY.
SO IT LOOKS LIKE YOU'RE GOING
TO GO THROUGH HOW MANY BOUGHS
ALL TOGETHER?
FOUR AT LEAST.

Elaine says YEAH.
YEAH.
AND JUST PUT A LITTLE ONE IN
HERE AGAIN.
WE'RE GOING-- WHERE YOU CUT IT
IS IMPORTANT.
UM, IF YOU WANT IT TO NOT LOOK
LIKE IT'S, UM, GOT A STICK
STICKING UP, YOU HAVE TO CUT IT
RIGHT WHERE IT JOINS.
WHERE THE LITTLE BRANCHES COME
IN.
FOR INSTANCE, IF I WAS TO CUT
IT HERE, I'LL DO THAT ON
PURPOSE SO YOU CAN SEE THAT
IT'S NOT ATTRACTIVE...

She cuts the center branch in the middle and shows it to Maureen as she says THEN
I'VE GOT THIS THING STICKING UP
IN MY ARRANGEMENT AND THAT'S
NOT AS PLEASING TO THE EYE.
SO INSTEAD YOU CUT IT RIGHT
DOWN TO WHERE THE JOINT IS.

She then cuts it properly.

MAUREEN says SO ARE YOU GETTING
SAPPY THERE?

Elaine says A LITTLE BIT.
LUCKILY I PUT HAND LOTION ON.

MAUREEN picks up a pot of cream and says WE HAVE THIS HAND
CREAM FROM FRANCE HERE IF YOU
WANT.

She chuckles and says THAT'S RIGHT.

MAUREEN says THAT'S A GOOD GIFT
FOR A GARDENER WHILE WE'RE
TALKING ABOUT THAT.
MY NEIGHBOURS GAVE ME-- I THINK
IT WAS COW BAG BALM THAT
EVERYBODY TALKS ABOUT, THAT
SHANIA TWAIN USES ON HER FACE
AND EVERYTHING.
THAT'S REALLY GOOD FOR A
GARDENERS HANDS THAT GET ALL
KHAPED AND DRY.

Elaine chuckles and says YES, YES, YES, I'M NOT--

MAUREEN says NOT SURE I WOULD
PUT IT ON MY FACE FOR-- LIKE
SHANIA.

Elaine bends to pick up more greenery as she says ALTHOUGH IT SEEMS TO WORK
FOR-- FOR HER.
THIS IS WHITE PINE.

She shows a branch with sparse patches of needles on it.

She continues WE USE THEM IN SMALLER
ARRANGEMENTS.
WHITE PINE HAS NO NEEDLES
COMING OUT OF THE STEM.
IT'S IN LITTLE TUFTS.
ANOTHER PINE THAT WE USE AND I
DIDN'T BRING IT, IT'S A RED
PINE.
YOU TEND TO USE IT OUTDOORS IN
BIGGER CONTAINERS MORE.
IT'S RED PINE.
IT HAS NEEDLES COMING OUT OF
THE STEMS.
STEMS TEND TO BE THICKER.
AND SO THEY'RE GOOD TO, UM,
THEY CAN HANDLE THE WEIGHT OF
THE SNOW OR THE WIND A LITTLE
BIT MORE.

MAUREEN says OKAY.

As she cuts Elaine says BUT NOT SUITABLE FOR
SOMETHING LIKE THIS.
SO-- NOW WE'LL GET A LOT OF GUM
HERE.
IT SMELLS GOOD TOO, THE WHITE
PINE.

MAUREEN says NOW-- HOW ARE YOU
PLACING THESE?
WHAT'S THE--

She places one of the branches in the container and says IT'S A POKING METHOD.
THERE'S REALLY NOT ANY RHYME OR
REASON FOR IT AT ALL.

MAUREEN says OH.

Elaine says THIS IS--

MAUREEN says THIS IS WHERE
YOU'RE GETTING SOME OF THE
HEIGHT NOW.

She adds RIGHT.
WE TEACH CLASSES ON THIS ALL
YEAR AROUND ON DIFFERENT FLOWER
ARRANGING AND ONE OF THE THINGS
WE TRY TO LET PEOPLE TO KNOW IS
THAT IT'S NOT HARD.
EVERYONE THINKS IT'S MAGICAL
FORMULA.
WE CALL IT PLUNKING AND
STUFFING TECHNIQUES AND POKING.
MY MOM CALLS IT PLUNK AND
FLUFF.

MAUREEN says YOU CAN DO THIS-- I
GUESS BECAUSE THERE EVER
GREENS, THEY'RE OUT THERE ALL
YEAR.
SO THAT'S WHY YOU CAN TEACH
COURSES YEAR ROUND.

Elaine says THAT'S RIGHT.
THAT'S RIGHT.
SEE, NOW BECAUSE I'VE PUT THE
NOBLE FIR IN AND I'VE MADE IT
SHORT, THIS PIECE OF FINE IS
STANDING UP STRAIGHT.
HAD I JUST PUT THAT-- IT WOULD
ALL FALL OVER.
THAT WILL EVEN HANDLE A BIT OF
WIND BECAUSE IT'S IN NICE AND
FIRM.
UM SO, THEN WE CAN ADD THE-- I
HAVE NO IDEA WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE
BECAUSE I'M MAKING IT
BACKWARDS.

MAUREEN says I THINK IT'S
LOOKING VERY GOOD.

She chuckles and says I HOPE.
THIS IS ONE NOW-- THIS ONE DOES
DROP ITS NEEDLES AND I'LL
JUST-- CUT UP A PIECE AND BRING
IT UP TO TAKE A LOOK.

MAUREEN says WHAT'S IT CALLED?

Elaine cuts a piece and says THIS IS CALLED CONED
HEMLOCK AND HAS THE FUN COMBS
ON IT.
THAT'S WHY YOU FORGIVE IT FOR
DROPPING ITS NEEDLES.
YEAH.

MAUREEN says OKAY.
CONED HEMLOCK.

She explains CONED HEMLOCK.
SO IT HAS MORE OF A FIR NEEDLE,
MORE LIKE THE CHRISTMAS FREE
PROBABLY.
BUT THIS ONE DROPS ITS NEEDLES.

MAUREEN says YOU CONTINUE TOO
THAT AND TELL US WHAT YOU'RE
DOING, AND WE'LL TAKE CALLS.
WE'RE TALKING THIS AFTERNOON
ABOUT GARDENING IN GENERAL, AND
IN PARTICULAR THINGS TO DO WITH
WINTER GARDENING, SUCH AS
MAKING THIS FLOWER BOX.
MY GUEST THIS AFTERNOON IS
ELAINE MARTIN, WHO OWNS THREE
STORES CALLED A DAY IN THE
COUNTRY.
IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR GIFTS FOR
A GUARD ENER OR THINKING WAY
BACK TO OUR GARDEN IN THE
SUMMER AND YOU---- FOR A
GARDENER OR THINKING WAY BACK
TO THE GARDEN IN THE SUMMER,
ELAINE HAS A TERRIFIC GARDEN
THAT PEOPLE COME TO SEE AND
TAKE TOURS IN.
SO SHE CAN ANSWER YOUR
GARDENING PROBLEMS AS WELL.
INDOOR PLAN, THAT'S GREAT TOO,
IN TORONTO CALL US AT 416 4842727, LONG DISTANCE TOLL FREE 1888 411 1234.
WE DON'T HAVE THE LAPTOP SETUP.
SO NO E-MAIL TODAY.
GIVE US A CALL AT ONE OF THOSE
NUMBERS.
WE'RE STILL PUTTING IN THE
HEMLOCK IN.
ELAINE CAN HEAR YOU EVEN THOUGH
SHE HAS TO GO UNDERNEATH THE
DESK TO GET THE THINGS SHE
NEEDS.
LET'S GO TO LAURIE IN BRAMPTON.
HI,

LAURIE says HI.

MAUREEN says GO AHEAD.
WHAT'S YOUR QUESTION?

SHE says I'M TRYING TO FIND OUT.
I TRIED FORCING BULBS IN THE
WINTER AND TYPICALLY END UP
FORGETTING ABOUT THEM AND THEY
ROT IN THE FRIDGE.
I NEED TO GET SOME
INSTRUCTIONS.
HOW LONG DO YOU PUT THEM IN THE
FRIDGE?
HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN THEY'RE
READY TO COME OUT?
IS IT A GOOD TIME TO DO IT NOW?
OR WILL I NOT EVEN SEE THEM NOW
UNTIL SPRINGTIME ANYWAY?

Elaine answers WELL, FORCING BULBS, UM, I
DON'T PUT MINE IN THE FRIDGE.
WHAT YOU TRY TO DO WITH FORCING
BULBS OR BRANCHES IN BLOOMING,
YOU NEED TO TRICK IT IN
THINKING THAT WINTER HAPPENED
TO IT.
SO IF YOU THINK OF WHAT HAPPENS
TO A BULB IN THE WINTERTIME, IT
GOES SOMEWHERE DARK IN THE
GROUND.
IT'S SOMEWHERE REALLY COLD.
BECAUSE IT'S IN THE-- IN THE
GROUND AND IT'S FROZEN.
BUT IT'S IN THE GROUND.
SO THERE'S SOME HEAT.
IT'S NOT ON THE-- ON THE
SURFACE OF THE GROUND.
UM, AND-- AND IT HAS NO WATER.
BECAUSE THE WATER'S FROZEN.

MAUREEN says SO IT'S DRY.

Elaine says THOSE ARE THE CONDITIONS YOU
HAVE TO RECREATE.
YOU WANT SOMEWHERE DARK AND
COLD AND DRY.
UM, AND IT NEEDS TO BE TRICKED
INTO THINKING THAT WINTER'S
GONE THROUGH ABOUT FOUR TO SIX
WEEKS.
THAT'S ALL.
THEN YOU-- YOU BRING IT OUT OF
THOSE, UM, PHONY WINTER
CONDITIONS, AND YOU START TO
GIVE IT BACK THE THINGS THAT--
THAT IT, UM, THAT IT NEEDS IN
THE SPRING SO YOU GIVE IT BACK
THE SOIL.
AND-- AND, UM, AND THE
NUTRIENTS OF THE SOIL.
THE WATER AND SOME SUNLIGHT.
BUT JUST LIKE IN THE SPRING, IF
YOU SHOCK IT, IT WON'T BE HAPPY
SO YOU CAN'T PUT IT IN A REALLY
HOT SUNNY WINDOW.
BECAUSE THE POOR LITTLE BULB
WILL GO INTO SHOCK.
SO YOU START TO GIVE IT BACK
THOSE THREE THINGS.
JUST THE HEAT AND THE WATER,
UM, AND THE NUTRIENTS.
AND THE SUNSHINE.
AND LO AND BEHOLD, THE BULB
WILL START TO SPURT UP, A
LITTLE TEENY, UM, GREEN SPROUT.
IT WILL START BLOOMING.
THE EASIEST ONES BY FAR ARE
DAFFODILS.
SO IF YOU'RE NEW AT THIS,
CHOOSE ANY NARCISSUS.
IT'S EASY TO DO.
MY KIDS DO IT ALL THE TIME.
IT'S NOT HARD AT ALL.

MAUREEN says BECAUSE YOU SEE
THESE IN THE MAGAZINES THAT
PEOPLE DO IT IN JUST A GLASS
DISH WITH LITTLE STONES OR
SOMETHING DOWN THERE.
HOW--

Elaine says THAT WORKS WITH PAPER
WEIGHTS.
THAT'S A GOOD THING AT THIS
TIME.
VERY SEASONAL TO WORK WITH
PAPER WEIGHTS.

MAUREEN says BUT YOU WON'T GET
THEM NOW.
IF YOU START NOW, IT'S TOO
LATE.

Elaine says PAPER WEIGHTS, THE BULBS YOU
BUY IN A STORE HAVE ALREADY
GONE THROUGH THE FORCING
PROCESS, SO YOU CAN PUT THEM
BACK INTO SOIL OR PUT THEM INTO
STONES.
AND-- AND, UM, AND THEY'LL
START TO SPROUT UP.

She rolls her eyes and says THEY PROBABLY NEED 21 DAYS SO
YOU'RE LOOKING NEW YEARS MORE.
YOU KNOW?
BUT MAYBE YOU'RE HAVING A NEW
YEAR'S PARTY.

MAUREEN says IF YOU'RE JUST
STARTING, GET THESE BULBS
ALREADY FORCED.

She says THAT'S RIGHT.
ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE LIKE
TO CHEAT WITH AT DAY IN THE
COUNTRY IS IF-- WHEN YOU'RE
GROCERY SHOPPING, THAT'S OFTEN
THE PLACE TO GET THEM
INEXPENSIVELY, THE FORCING JARS
THAT ARE PRETTY.

She separates her hands about 10 centimetres and says THEY'RE ABOUT THIS TALL AND
SHAPED WITH A LITTLE--

She curves her hands to show the shape.

MAUREEN says I KNOW WHAT YOU
MEAN.

Elaine continues THEY HAVE A NECK AT THE TOP.
YOU SET THE BULB IN THE TOP OF
IT AND ALLOW THE ROOTS TO GROW
DOWN INTO THE WATER.
WELL, YOU WOULD HAVE HAD HAD TO
FORCE THE BULB FIRST TO PUT
THAT IN UNLESS YOU CHEAT.
AND HOW YOU CHEAT IS YOU BUY A
BULB AT THE GROCERY STORE
THAT'S IN SOIL.
YOU RIP IT OUT OF THE ITS SOIL,
YOU WASH IT OFF, SNIP ITS
ROOTS, DOESN'T HURT IT AT ALL.
YOU STICK IT INTO THE TOP OF
THE FORCING JAR WITH THE ROOTS
COMING DOWN, THE ROOTS WILL
REGROW LONG INTO THE JAR.

She moves one hand away from the other to show the growing process and continues
AND ALL YOUR FRIENDS THINK YOU
STARTED FROM SCRATCH.
AND YOU DIDN'T.

MAUREEN says REALLY.
A COUPLE TRICKS THERE FOR
LAURIE.
THANK YOU FOR THE CALL, LAURIE.
UM, WHAT ARE YOU PUTTING IN
NOW?
YOU'RE STILL--

Elaine says THIS IS INCENSE SEEDER.
THIS GROWS IN CANADA.
I WAS ONCE MISQUOTED IN A
MAGAZINE AND THEY CALLED
INCENSED SEED.

MAUREEN smells it and says WHAT WERE THEY
ANGRY ABOUT?
DOES IT SMELL?

Elaine says IT DOES HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF
A SCENT.
IT HAS THESE WONDERFUL YELLOW
UMBELS WONDERFUL TO DECORATE
WITH.

She points to small yellow balls at the tips of the leaves and continues
SO WE CHOSE GREENERY THAT WE
LIKE THE LOOK OF TOGETHER.
WE HAVE A LONG NEEDLE, A SHORT
NEEDLE.
ONE WITH THE COMBS AND ONE WITH
THE UMBELS.

MAUREEN says THE GREENS ARE
PLAYING OFF ONE ANOTHER TOO.
WHAT ARE THOSE CALLED?

She says UMBELS.

MAUREEN says OKAY.
GREAT.
LET'S GO TO SHIRLEY IN SMITH'S
FALLS.
HI, SHIRLEY.

Shirley says HI.
I HAVE WHITE FLIES IN THE HERBS
AND I WAS WONDERING WHAT TO DO
WITH IT?
I NEVER HEARD OF WHITE FLIES IN
HERBS BEFORE.

MAUREEN says WERE THEY OUTSIDE?
GROWING THESE INSIDE?

She says I GREW THEM INSIDE.

MAUREEN says OKAY.
WHITE FLIES.
EVER HEARD OF THAT?

Elaine says YEAH, THERE'S ALL KIND OF
THINGS THAT I-- I'M NOT REALLY
AN EXPERT IN THAT AREA.
BUT I HAVE TRIED THINGS MYSELF.
I'VE TRIED THIS-- THIS SOAPY
WATER, SPRAY IT ON IT.
UM, AND I HAVE HAD SOME SUCCESS
WITH PUTTING IT IN THE SHOWER
AND WASHING THOSE BUGS AWAY IN
THE SHOWER.
UM, AND OFTEN YOU JUST HAVE
TO-- HAVE TO GIVE UP THE PLANT
AND GO GET A NEW ONE.
THERE ARE SPRAYS IF YOU GO TO--
TO A NURSERY AND ASK AN EXPERT
AND YOU READ THE LABELS AND YOU
CAN FIND ONE.
BUT SOMETIMES THAT'S A REALLY
DIFFICULT THING TO GET RID OF.

MAUREEN says YEAH?

Elaine nods and says YEAH.

MAUREEN says I WONDER IF--
SOMETIMES PEOPLE TAKE THINGS
THEY'RE GROWING INSIDE AND THEN
IN THE SUMMER THEY PUT IT
OUTSIDE AND WHEN YOU BRING IT
BACK IN YOU CAN BRING IN PESTS
WITH IT.

She says THE REVERSE WORKS AS WELL.
IF YOU HAVE PESTS AND YOU'RE
ABLE TO PUT IT OUTSIDE, NOW
IN-- NOW IN THE NATURAL
CONDITIONS, THE BUGS MAGICALLY
DISAPPEAR.
THEY JUST FLY AWAY.

MAUREEN says GO TO SOMETHING
ELSE.

She nods and says AND THEN YOUR PLANT COMES
BACK TO LIFE AGAIN.

MAUREEN says BUT THIS ISN'T A
GOOD TIME TO DO THAT.

Elaine adds THIS WOULD BE A BAD TIME TO
PUT AN HERB OUTSIDE.

MAUREEN says DO YOU HAVE HERBS
OUTSIDE IN THE GARDEN AT HOME?

She answers TOO MANY.
A GOOD FRIEND WOULD HAVE TOLD
ME WHEN TO STOP REALLY.
THE GARDEN IS LARGE.

MAUREEN says YOU SEE ON THE
SHELF BEHIND YOU, WE HAVE A
ROSEMARY CHRISTMAS TREE.
UM, NOW I-- I'M UNABLE GROW
ROSEMARY WITH ANY SUCCESS.
GOT HIGHER THIS YEAR THAN
PREVIOUS YEARS.
WHAT'S MY PROBLEM?
WHAT AM I MISSING?

Elaine asks ARE YOU GROWING IT IN A POT?

She answers YES, OUTSIDE.
BUT IN A CONTAINER.
ALL MY HERBS ARE IN CONTAINERS.

An image of the rosemary tree behind Elaine appears.

She asks AND YOU'RE GIVING IT FOOD?

MAUREEN says NO, WHAT KIND OF
FOOD DOES IT WANT?

She explains IT JUST WANTS SOME SORT OF A
FERTILIZER.
AGAIN, IF YOU GO TO THE
NURSERY, THEY'LL SUGGEST
WHETHER IT'S A 20, 20, 20 TO
PUT ON OR MIRACLE GROW OR ONE
OF THOSE TYPICAL THINGS.
BECAUSE YOU'VE PROBABLY USED UP
ALL THE NUTRIENT.
IT NEEDS FOOD.
UM, AND, AH, ROSEMARY WANTS THE
CONDITIONS THAT IT ORIGINALLY
GREW IN, WHICH IS A
MEDITERRANEAN PLANT.
SO DRY AND SANDIER SOIL.

MAUREEN says THAT MIGHT BE THE
PROBLEM.
I PUT IN THIS-- IT IN A BIG
BUCKET WITH LOTS OF HERBS THAT
MIGHT LIKE MORE WATER SO IT
SHOULD BE ON ITS OWN, MAYBE.

Elaine says MINE TYPICALLY GETS MILDEW.
AND I-- AND THEN I GIVE UP AND
I THROW IT OUT.

MAUREEN says REALLY?

She answers YEAH.

MAUREEN points to the rosemary tree and says IF I WERE, THOUGH,
WANTING TO KEEP THIS AFTER--
AND WE'RE ALL FIGHTING OVER IT
ANYWAY, SO I PROBABLY WON'T GET
IT, UM, HOW COULD YOU GET IT TO
LIVE THROUGH THE WINTER IN YOUR
HOME?

She says SO AGAIN YOU WANT TO TRY AND
RECREATE WINTERRY MEDITERRANEAN
CONDITIONS.
MAYBE A NORTH WINDOW INSTEAD OF
A SOUTH WINDOW IN THE HOUSE.
THAT'S WHERE I KEEP MINE.
IT WANTS TO BE WATERED BUT
DOESN'T WANT TO BE WET.
DOESN'T WANT TO BE WET.
LOVES TO BE CUT.
SO SNIP IT IN AND EAT IT.
ONE OF MY FAVOURITE RECIPES ON
A SUNDAY MORNING, I-- I SNIP MY
ROSEMARY AND I SAUTEE THE
ROSEMARY.
MY FRIEND TAUGHT ME HOW TO DO
THIS.
YOU, UM, YOU-- HE SAID YOU HAVE
TO COOK IT.
SO YOU SAUTEE THE ROSEMARY AND
POUR IN SCRAMBLED EGGS.
REALLY AMAZING.
SO EASY.
EASY SNEEZEY.

MAUREEN says WE'RE GIVING
COOKING TIPS IT AFTERNOON TOO
WITH ELAINE.
KAREN IS NEXT ONLINE.
HI, KAREN.

Karen says HI.

MAUREEN says HI.

She says I HAVE A COMMENT
WITH REGARDS TO THE WHITE FLY.
TO GET RID OF THEM, YOU TAKE
THE, UM, THE-- A YELLOW PIECE
OF PAPER, ABOUT THE SAME COLOUR
OF DAFFODILS, BRIGHT YELLOW AND
SPRAY ADHESIVE ON IT AND SPRAY
IT NEAR THE PLANT THAT HAVE THE
WHITE FLY AND THEN THEY GO
RIGHT TO THE YELLOW PAPER AND
STICK TO IT.

Maureen asks WHY DO THEY LIKE YELLOW
PAPER?

She answers THEY'RE ATTRACTED TO YELLOW.

MAUREEN says IS THAT RIGHT?

She says YES, I USED TO WORK IN A
GREENHOUSE.
THEY GET THE STICKY YELLOW
PAPER AND THAT'S WHAT THEY PUT.

MAUREEN says SO YOU COULD EVEN
PUT STICK GLUE ON THE PAPER
OR--

Karen says I WOULD USE THE SPRAY
ADHESIVE, IT'S MORE--

MAUREEN says IN A CRAFT STORE.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
DID YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OF
YOUR OWN, KAREN?

Karen says I WAS WONDERING
ABOUT THE-- ABOUT THE
SCIENTIFIC NAMES FOR THE-- FOR
THE CEDAR THAT WAS USED AS WELL
AS THE HEMLOCK.

Elaine asks THE BOTANICAL NAME? IF MAXINE EVEN WAS STANDING
HERE.
SHE'S THE HORTICULTURAL MANAGER
FOR THE COMPANY.
IF SHE WAS HERE, SHE WOULD KNOW
THOSE THINGS.
DARN.
THIS IS INCENSED CEDAR ASK AND
CONED HEMLOCK.

MAUREEN says BECAUSE IT HAS THE
TINY--

Elaine says WHITE PINE AND NOBLE FIR.

MAUREEN says ARE YOU DONE HERE
NOW?

She adds NO, WE WOULD ADD THE EARRINGS.
WE CALL IT EARRINGS.
DECORATIONS.
TO-- THIS IS ONE OF THE THINGS
I REALLY LIKE TO USE.
THIS IS ROSE HIPS.
TAKE A LITTLE LOOK AT THAT.

She hands Maureen a small bunch of deep pink round berries.

MAUREEN says PEOPLE MAKE JAM OUT
OF THIS STUFF.

Elaine says YEAH, AND TEA.
ROSE HIP TEA.
PEOPLE-- PEOPLE ARE PLANTING
THESE AGAIN.
THEY'RE OLD-FASHIONED SHRUB
ROSES.
THEY'RE A HISTORICAL PLANT
REALLY.
THEY'RE THE ONES THAT YOU SEE
UP WHERE I LIVE IN THE HUCKLY
VALLEY.
YOU SEE THEM GROWING IN THE
DITCHES.
THEY CASCADE DOWN.
AND IN THE SUMMER, YOU HAVE TO
BE QUICK-- THEY ONLY BLOOM
ONCE.
THEY'RE NOT A REBLOOMING.
BUT THEY BLOOM IN CLUSTERS AND
THEN AFTERWARDS THEY MAKE THIS
BEAUTIFUL SEED HEAD OF ROSE
HIP.
WE LIKE TO USE THOSE INSTEAD OF
BERRIES-- BERRIES FOR A FEW
REASONS.
THEY DRY SO YOU CAN BRING THEM
OUT YEAR AFTER YEAR IF YOU
WANT.
THEY HAVE A LOVELY COLOUR.
THEY DON'T HAVE JUICE INSIDE OF
THEM.
ONE YEAR I USED HIGH BUSH
CRANBERRIES ALL OVER THE
BEAUTIFUL WHITE MANTLE IN THE
LIVING ROOM AND THE BERRIES
SQUISHED AND I HAD TO REPAINT
THE MANTLE.

MAUREEN says THIS IS A NICE
STURDY STEM ON IT TOO.

Elaine says IT IS FROM A ROSE TREE AND
YOU HAVE TO BE CAREFUL.
THORNS.
THESE ARE PUT INTO LITTLE
BUNDLES.
AND POKE ONE IN THERE
SOMEWHERE.

She points to the container and says
IT'S A POKING TECHNIQUE THAT
WE'RE USING.
THERE YOU GO.

MAUREEN says TA-DA.
THAT'S GREAT.

Elaine puts some more greenery in the container to complete the arrangement and says AND LASTLY PUT IN THESE
GIANT PINE CONES.

MAUREEN says LOOK AT THESE PINE
CONES, FOLKS.
LOOK AT THE SIZE--

She shows four pine cones about 30 centimetres long.

Elaine smiles and says LOOK AT THE ONE IN FRONT OF
YOU.
IT'S HUGE.

MAUREEN says IT'S HUGE.
WHERE DID YOU GET THESE?

She says WE FLY THESE IN.
THEY'RE FROM CALIFORNIA.
UM, AND-- AND THEY'RE CALLED
SUGAR CONES.
SO--

MAUREEN says CAN YOU IMAGINE THE
TREE THEY COME FROM.

Elaine continues THE SIZE OF THE TREE.
MY 9-YEAR-OLD SON, THEY GO TO A
COUNTRY SCHOOL, AND THEY HAVE A
FALL FAIR EACH YEAR.
UM, AND THEY HAVE-- ONE OF THE
CONTESTS IS TO FIND THE LARGEST
FINE CONE.
HE WINS.

She chuckles and says EVERY YEAR HE CHEATS.

MAUREEN says LET'S TAKE LEE'S
CALL.
LEE IS IN ST. CATHARINES.
HI, LEE.

Lee says HI.
MY FAVOURITE GREENERY FOR
CHRISTMAS IS THE HOLLY.
A-- CAN A PLANT OF HOLLY BE
BROUGHT IN, CAN A SPRIG BE
BROUGHT IN, CAN THE SPRIG BE
GROWN-- ROOTED?
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN
MALE AND FEMALE HOLLY?

Elaine holds her head and comments WOW!

MAUREEN says GOOD QUESTIONS.
ALL ABOUT HOLLY.

She says THERE ARE CERTAIN TYPES OF
HOLLY YOU NEED A MALE AND
FEMALE FOR.
I'M NOT SURE WHICH TYPES THERE
ARE.
THERE ARE SOME HOLLIES THAT LOOK
LIKE HOLLY BUT NOT A HOLLY LIKE
A MAHONIA

MAUREEN says AND YOU NEED THE
MALE AND FEMALE MY
UNDERSTANDING IS BECAUSE YOU
WON'T GET THE BERRY UNLESS YOU
HAVE THE--

She says THAT'S RIGHT.
YOU NEED THEM.
THE HOLLY-- THE PROBLEM WITH
BRINGING IT INDOORS, YOU CAN
BRING THE WHOLE PLANT INDOORS
AND AGAIN YOU HAVE TO RECREATE
A SIMILAR CONDITION-- YOU CAN
USE IT AS THE HOUSE PLANT AND
I'VE HAD SOME SUCCESSES WITH
THAT.
WHAT I HAVEN'T HAD A LOT OF
SUCCESS WITH IS TRYING TO MAKE
IT INTO A WREATH OR BUYING SOME
SPRIGS.
IT REALLY NEEDS TO HAVE A WATER
SOURCE T DOESN'T LIKE-- IT
WON'T DRY.
IT-- IT JUST LOOKS AWFUL SOON.
AND-- AND THE, UM, THE-- IF YOU
PUT IT OUTSIDE, IT USUALLY
FREEZE AND IT GOES BLACK.

MAUREEN says SO IF YOU HAD SAY
AN URN LIKE THIS THAT YOU COULD
PUT A LITTLE WATER IN THE
BOTTOM, COULD YOU CREATE A-- A
FLORAL ARRANGEMENT?

She answers YOU COULD PUT IT IN FLORAL
FOAM LIKE AN OWE SAYS HIS WHICH
I THINK I HAVE SOMEWHERE DOWN
HERE.
I'LL DIG IT OUT.

She bends over to reach for a sponge.

MAUREEN says OKAY.
YOU GO AHEAD.
NOW, THIS-- THIS HAS A HOLE IN
THE BOTTOM THIS, URN.

She holds a white urn with a round mouth and a slim base.

Elaine says RIGHT.

MAUREEN says BECAUSE I WANT-- I
BOUGHT ONE OF THESE AND I
WANTED TO PUT WATER IN THE
BOTTOM BUT THEN IT HAS A HOLE
AND GOES RIGHT THROUGH.

She says THAT'S RIGHT.
THE, UM, THE-- IF IT WAS A
LARGE URN-- IF I USE IT INSIDE,
I-- WELL, YOU CAN EVEN DO THIS
IDEA—

She puts her hand over the mouth of the urn and says I PUT A MASON JAR OF
WATER IN IT.
IN THIS CASE, YOU WOULD HAVE TO
USE A BABY FOOD JAR, SMALL, AND
THEN FILL IT IN WITH FRESH
FLOWERS AND IT WOULD BE NEED.
TUCK A BIT OF MOSS AROUND THE
EDGE SO YOU COULDN'T SEE THE
JAR, WHAT WE CALL THE
MECHANICS.
MECHANICS IS A FLORIST TERM
THAT'S THE TERM FOR THE STUFF
THAT HOLDS EVERYTHING TOGETHER.
YOU COULD USE FLORAL FOAM
BECAUSE IT SOAKS AND
MAINTENANCE THE WATER AND POKE
HOLLY OR SOMETHING IN.

She shows a large chunk of green floral foam.

MAUREEN says HERE'S MY QUESTION
ABOUT HOLLY BECAUSE I'M GROWING
HOLLY OUTSIDE.
I HAVE BEAUTIFUL RED BERRIES ON
I THINK IT'S THE FEMALE THAT
HAS BERRIES.
IF I DON'T CUT A-- IF I CUT OFF
A FEW SPRIGS NOW TO GO INSIDE,
WILL I LOSE-- HOW LONG DOES IT
TAKE FOR THOSE TO GROW ON THE
BUSH OUTSIDE, WHICH ISN'T HUGE
YET ANYWAY?

She says THE BUSH-- THE SHRUB LIKES
TO BE-- LIKES TO BE TRIMMED.
IT WANTS TO GROW AGAIN.
IT WANTS TO MAKE MORE BERRIES
SO THAT'S GOOD FOR THE PLANT.

MAUREEN says OKAY.

Elaine continues YOU DON'T GO AND-- AND, YOU
KNOW, AND-- KILL THE WHOLE
THING.
NO, BUT A LITTLE SNIPPING HERE
AND THERE IS GREAT.
THE-- THE MOST-- MOST SHRUBS
YOU HAVE TO REMEMBER WHEREVER
YOU CUT IT, IT WANTS TO SPROUT
OUT A FEW BRANCHES RIGHT THERE
AT THE SIDE.
SO, UM, SO-- IF YOU'VE EVER
DRIVEN AROUND AND SEEN A BAD
PRUNING JOB ON PROPERTIES.
HAVE STICKS AND THEN LITTLE
STICKS COMING OUT WHERE THE CUT
HAS BEEN.
THINK ABOUT THAT.
WHEREVER YOU CUT, THAT'S WHERE
THE BRANCHES WILL GROW.

MAUREEN says AND LEE WAS ASKING
IF YOU CAN ROOT-- AND I'VE HAD
PEOPLE ASK ME IF I HAVE HOLLY
AT HOME CAN I BRING THEM A
BRANCH AND COULD THEY ROOT IT?

Elaine says I HAVEN'T HEARD OF HOLLY--
DOESN'T MEAN YOU CAN'T.
I'VE HAD SUCCESSES ROOTING
OSHER DOGWOOD, THE RED OSHER
DOGWOOD.
IVY, PUT IT IN OASIS AND IT
ROOTED IN THE OASIS.
NO SOIL.
SO--

MAUREEN says IT COULD BE A TOUCH
TRICKY.

She says I THINK SO.

MAUREEN says OKAY.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH, LEE.
WE'RE TALKING ABOUT GARDENING
AND CHRISTMAS CRAFTS WITH
ELAINE MARTIN.
IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT
THE GARDEN OR INDOOR PLANTS OR
CHRISTMAS TREE, GIVE US A CALL, IN TORONTO 416 484 2727; AND LONG DISTANCE 1888 411 1234.

MAUREEN looks at the arrangement in the terracotta container and says YOU'VE ADDED THE
PINE CONES.
THAT'S GORGEOUS.

Elaine says THAT'S IT.
YOU COULD PUT A BOUWMEESTER ON
IT I GUESS.

MAUREEN says YOU CAN PUT THIS
OUTSIDE LIKE YOU SAID AND YOU
WOULD HAVE IT UNTIL APRIL.

She says UNTIL APRIL.
THE WORSE THING OUTSIDE IS THE
WIND.
THESE PINE CONES ARE IN PRETTY
SECURELY HERE.
BUT YOU KNOW ON A BIG GALE,
IT'S THE-- IN THE NEXT DOOR
NEIGHBOUR'S YARD.

MAUREEN says OKAY.
YOU WERE GOING TO ALSO-- CAN WE
LEAVE THIS HERE WHILE WE WORK
ON OTHER THINGS?
BECAUSE I'M CURIOUS TO KNOW
WHAT THESE GUYS ARE HERE
ACTUALLY, I WOULDN'T WANT TO
WALK ACROSS THEM BAREFOOT.

She points to a couple of green stones with needles on them much like a round metal hairbrush on the table.

Elaine says NOT UNLESS YOU DID HEAVY
MEDITATION BEFORE.
THESE ARE CALLED FLORIST FROGS
AND WERE POPULAR IN THE '50'S.
UNFORTUNATELY THEY WERE MADE
WITH LEAD AND THERE WAS A
PROBLEM WITH TOXIC THINGS SO
OFTEN PEOPLE BUY THEM AT A FLEA
MARKET AND THAT'S A PROBLEM.
BECAUSE OF THE-- OF THE LEAD
CONTENT.
THESE ARE NEW ONES.
HEAVY AS LEAD BUT THEY'RE NOT
MADE OF LED.
WHAT-- WHAT THEY'RE FOR IS TO--
THIS-- THEY HOLD THE FLOWERS
UP.
NOT UNLIKE WE USE THE NOBEL FIR
OR SOMEONE COULD USE THE
CHICKEN WIRE OR FLORAL FOAM.
ON THESE ONES, THESE ARE STREET
PIN FROGS.
THIS IS-- THIS IS A HAIRPIN
FROG.

She shows a larger model with wires made as a loop around the central circle of pins.

She says IT'S LOOPIER.
AND-- AND THERE ARE TWO
DIFFERENT KINDS FOR A GOOD
REASON.

She points to the smaller simpler model and says THIS ONE IS TO HOLD UP STEM
THAT ARE THICKER AND STURDIER
LIKE A SUNFLOWER WHERE A THICK
STEM WILL STAND UP STRAIGHT IF
YOU POKE IT IN HERE.
STILL HAS THE WATER SOURCE.
SO IF YOU PUT THIS ON THE
BOTTOM OF A BOWL OR A BIG
BUCKET, YOU DON'T NEED AS MANY
SUN FLOWERS AND THEY DON'T
WALL-- FALL ALL OVER THE PLACE.
STICK HE THREE IN HERE AND IT
LOOKS FABULOUS.

She points to the loopier structure and explains THESE ARE FOR STEMS THAT ARE
NOT AS THICK AND STURDIER SO
SMALLER SPRINGTIME BULBS WILL
GO IN HERE.

MAUREEN says THAT'S A NICE IDEA
FOR THE GARDENER WHO HAS A--
HAS A CUT FLOWER GARDEN.

She says YES.
I MEAN--

MAUREEN says THAT SORT OF THING.

Elaine says PEOPLE WANT THESE THINGS.
THEY'RE HARD TO FIND SOMETIMES.

MAUREEN says IS THIS FOX WOOD
YOU HAVE HERE?

She sticks a small sturdy branch into the frog stone and explains THIS IS A-- OF THE BOX WOOD
FAMILY THAT-- CALLED OREGONIA.
WE LIKE WORKING WITH OREGONIA.
HAS A TIP SO IT'S ATTRACTIVE
TO PUT IN THE ARRANGEMENTS.
THE-- SO IT'S ATTRACTIVE TO PUT
IN THE ARRANGEMENTSS.
IT'S GREAT TO WORK WITH FRESH.
IT'S NOT GOING TO BREAK AND
FALL.
BUT IT DRYS.
LOOKS JUST LIKE IT.

MAUREEN says WHEN IT DRYS.

She explains YEAH, THAT'S WHAT I WAS
PLANNING ON DOING IN THE URN.
USING IT TO MAKE A CHRISTMAS
TREE.

MAUREEN says WHY DON'T YOU START
ON THAT?

She says OKAY GREAT.

MAUREEN says WE'VE GOT SANDY ON
THE LINE IN SARNIA.
WE'LL TAKE HER QUESTION WHILE
YOU'RE WORKING.
HI, SANDY?
OH, WE HAD A PHONE PROBLEM WITH
SANDY.
OKAY.
WELL WE'LL GET HER AS SOON AS
YOU CAN.
SANDY, ARE YOU THERE YET?

Sandy says YEP.
I'M HERE.

MAUREEN says WE'RE JUST HAVING
SOME-- CUTTING SOME STYROFOAM
STUFF HERE.

Elaine shapes a piece of Styrofoam to fit the urn.

Maureen says WHAT'S YOUR QUESTION?

Sandy says THE QUESTION IS I
HAD TULIP BULB FROM THE
NEIGHBOUR IN THE FALL I GUESS
IN A NICE, NEAT PLASTIC BAG.
I LEFT THEM OUTSIDE AND I JUST
RECENTLY FOUND THEM.
CAN I-- IS THERE ANYTHING I CAN
DO WITH THOSE?
OR ARE THEY--

MAUREEN says THEY'RE TULIP BULBS
AND DIDN'T GET PUT OUTSIDE.
JUST OUTSIDE.

MAUREEN says THEY'RE--

Sandy explains THEY'RE IN A PLASTIC BAG.

MAUREEN says I HAVE SOME FROM
THE REFRIGERATOR AT CHRISTMAS.
CAN SEE STILL USE HEESE?

Elaine chuckles and says YOU'VE PROBABLY FORCED THEM
NOW.
IF YOU PUT THEM IN A SOIL IN A
POT THAT GETS SOME SUN, I BET
THEY WOULD COME UP.

MAUREEN says DO YOU HAVE A NICE
SUNNY WINDOW, SANDY?

She answers I'M SURE I COULD FIND ONE.

MAUREEN says I COULDN'T.
SO--

Elaine says THE OTHER THING, SANDY, IS
THAT ONE YEAR ON BOXING DAY, IT
WAS A PARTICULARLY MILD DAY,
AND I HAD BEEN SO BUSY WITH THE
DAY IN THE COUNTRY THAT I
DIDN'T PLANTED ANY OF MY BULBS
AND WE HAD A THAW.
SO I DECIDED THAT I WOULD JUST
TRY IT AND SEE IF IT WOULD
WORK.
OUT I WAS AND EVERYONE WAS
LAUGHING AT ME.
I HAD A PICKAX AND TRYING TO
GET INTO THE SOIL.
I PLANTED THEM ALL AND THEY
CAME UP AND BLOOMED.
YOU HAVE TO REALLY GET INTO THE
SOIL.
LIKE WE'VE HAD A EARLY HEAVY
FROST AND SNOW FALL THIS YEAR,
SO MAYBE THAT WON'T HAPPEN.

MAUREEN says WHAT'S THE SECRET
FOR ME NEXT TIME-- NEXT TIME
TO-- THEY SAY TO DO YOUR BULBS
IN SORT OF DRIFTS.
WHAT-- MINE STILL SORT OF LOOK
LIKE, YOU KNOW, CLUMPS HERE AND
THERE.
YOU KNOW?
WHAT'S THE SECRET TO MAKING
DRIFTS RATHER THAN CLUMPS?

Elaine says WELL, I READ, UM, I LOVE
READING OLD BOOKS THAT-- THAT
WOMEN, MOSTLY, WROTE, UM, YOU
KNOW, 100 OR 150 YEARS AGO.
THEY ALWAYS TALKED ABOUT, MANY
OF THEM TALKED ABOUT PLANTING
THINGS IN PAISLEY SHAPES.
WHEN I HEARD THE WORD PAISLEY
INSTEAD OF DRIFTS, I GOT IT.
BECAUSE IT'S SKINNY IN ONE END
AND THEN-- AND THEN YOU COULD
PUT ANOTHER PAISLEY, THE FAT
PART COMES OUT THIS WAY BE AND
WHEN I PLANTED MY GARDEN WITH
THE BULBS THAT WAY, IT WAS
PRETTY.
SO PAISLEYS INSTEAD OF DRIFTS.

MAUREEN says WHY ARE YOU SHAVING
IT THERE?

Elaine explains BECAUSE I'M FIGHTING IT
ROUND-- I HAVE TO GET IT TO FIT
INTO THE--

MAUREEN says YOU CAN'T USE A
BUNCH OF SHAVINGS ON THE BOTTOM
BOTTOM.

Elaine says NO,

MAUREEN says IT HAS TO BE A
SOLID BLOCK.

She presses the Styrofoam down and says YOU HAVE TO PUT THIS HARD
AND FIRMLY, BUT NOT--

MAUREEN says WE SHOULD MENTION
THAT URN IS HEAVY.
IT'S NOT MADE OUT OF PLASTIC OR
ANYTHING.

Elaine shaves off a little more foam and explains IT'S A CAST IRON URN.
IT'S A REPRODUCTION OF A FRENCH
URN.
AND THE FOLKS WE BUY THESE FROM
HAVE A WONDERFUL TECHNIQUE OF
FINISH ON IT THAT IT MAKES IT
LOOK SORT OF OLD WHEN IT'S NOT.
AND I LIKE THAT.
I REALLY LIKE THINGS THAT ARE
BEAT UP AND WRIFRPGLLY NOW
SINCE I TURNED 45.
I APPRECIATE THEM MORE.

- BEAT UP AND WRINKLY NOW.
SINCE I TURNED 45.
I APPRECIATE THEM MORE.

MAUREEN says DO YOU WANT TO
LEAVE THAT TALL?

The foam stands about 20 centimetres over the mouth of the urn.

Elaine says THAT'S IT.
THAT'S IN THERE FIRMLY NOW.
I DON'T LIKE GLUE GUNS.
THEY BURN ME.
SO I TEASE PEOPLE-- I HAVE A
FRIEND LYNN DRYDEN THAT LIVES
FOR THE GLUE GUN.
I ALWAYS TEASE IT THAT IT'S HER
PLASTIC GOD.

MAUREEN says YOU KEEP WORKING
AWAY.
LET'S GO TO DAVID.
HI, DAVID.

David says HI.

MAUREEN says HI.
WHAT'S YOUR QUESTION?

He says I WANT TO KNOW IF I
PICK UP A POISETTA OFF A PLANT
AND PUT IT INTO AN ARNMENTMENT,
ARNMENTMENT,DO I HAVE TO DO
ANYTHING TO THEM?
BECAUSE THEY HAVE A MILKY SORT
OF SAP.
DO I BURN THEM?
I KNOW I HAVE TO PUT THEM IN
WATER.

Elaine answers THERE'S NOT A LOT OF SUCCESS
AS CUTTING POINSETTAS AS A
FRESH-CUT FLOWER.
BUT ANYTHING WITH A MILKY, IN
THE SPRING, THERE'S A FLOWER
THAT ARE PRETTY AND HAS A MILKY
SUBSTANCE.
YOU NEED TO CONDITION THOSE
FLOWERS BEFORE YOU USE THEM IN
A FLOWER ARRANGEMENT.
BURNING IN IS SOMETHING MY MOM
DOES AND IT WORKS FOR HER.
THEN RETURN IT TO HER WATER
SOURCE.
STOPS THE GUM FROM COMING OUT.
THAT'S ITS NUTRIENTS.
YOU'RE SORT OF SOLDERING IT.
BUT THE REASON YOU'RE
CONDITIONING IT, BY THAT I MEAN
YOU STICK IT IN WATER, IT'S A
PLUNKING TECHNIQUE.
IN THE TEMPERATURE OF THE WATER
THAT IT'S USED TO.
SO IF IT BLOOMS IN THE HEAT
OF-- HEAT THE SUMMER, WANTS
WARM WATER.
IF IT'S A CROCUS, IT WANTS COLD
WATER.
LET IT HAVE THAT WATER SOURCE
OVER NIGHT.
REASON THAT YOU DO THAT IS SO
THAT IT HAS A LOT MORE WATER
GOING UP THE STEM.
FLOWER HEAD IS MORE LIKELY
TO LAST BECAUSE IT'S GOT THIS
WATER SOURCE.
WHEN IT'S GOT THAT GUM OR WHITE
SUBSTANCE ON THE BOTTOM, IF YOU
PUT IT IN DIRECTLY INTO A VASE
WITH OTHER FLOWERS, IT ACTS AS
BACTERIA AND WILL ACTUALLY KILL
THE OTHER FLOWERS SO IF YOU'VE
EVER HAD THE OTHER FLOWERS NOT
LAST AS LONG, THAT'S WHY.
BUT IF YOU CONDITION THEM OVER
NIGHT BY THEMSELVES, THEN THEY
MAKE FRIENDS AGAIN WITH ALL OF
THOSE OTHER FLOWERS.

MAUREEN says IS THAT THE SUBSTANCE
IN THE POINSETTA THAT'S
POISONOUS TO CHILDREN AND DOGS?

Elaine answers I DON'T KNOW FOR SURE.
I ASSUME SO.

MAUREEN says HOW CAN YOU IF YOU
GET A BIG POINSETTA PLANT AND
YOU WANT IT TO LAST, HOW DO
YOU--

She answers MY MOM TAKES OUT THE SEEDS--
SHE WAS A FLORIST BUT IS
RETIRED NOW. SHE WAS A FLORIST SO I GET ALL KINDS OF TIPS FROM HER.
SHE SNIPS OFF THE SEEDS.
BECAUSE MOST PLANTS THINK THAT
THE REASON TO BE ALIVE AND TO
BE ON THE PLANET IS TO
REPRODUCE.
TO CREATE SEEDS.
SO IF YOU DON'T LET IT MAKE ITS
SEEDS IT, LASTS LONGER.
SO POINSETTAS, IF YOU TAKE OFF
THE SEEDS IN THE MIDDLE, THEY
DO LAST LONGER.
AND AGAIN, IT'S A PLANT THAT
LIKES TO GO TO NEXT-- GROW IN
MEXICO.
SO IF YOU THINK ABOUT THE
CONDITIONS IN MEXICO.
I'VE NEVER BEEN ABLE TO GET ONE
TO BLOOM THE FOLLOWING YEAR.
EVER.
SOME PEOPLE ARE GREAT AT THAT.
BUT, BUT THIS MORNING, MAXINE
OUR-- OUR, UM,
HORTICULTURE MANAGER WAS
TELLING ME AT THE SCHOOL SHE
STUDIED AT, WHICH IS THE NIAGARA
PARKS HORTICULTURE SCHOOL THAT
SHE WAS IN CHARGE OF THE
GROWING ALL THE POINSETTAS AND
EVEN SHE CAN'T REMEMBER HOW TO
DO IT.

MAUREEN says ALL RIGHT.
WE'RE TALKING ABOUT GARDENING
THIS AFTERNOON.
MY GUEST IS ELAINE MARTIN FROM
A DAY IN THE COUNTRY.
IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT
GARDENING AND MAKING FLORAL
ARRANGEMENTS LIKE THIS OR WHAT
TO GET FOR THE GARDENER ON YOUR
CHRISTMAS LIST, GIVE US A CALL IN TORONTO AT 416 484 2727; OR LONG DISTANCE 18884111234.

MAUREEN says MARLENE IS IN
MIDLAND.
GO AHEAD.

Marlene says I PURCHASED A
CHRISTMAS CONTACTED US THIS
YEAR.
AND WHEN I GOT IT HOME, IT
STARTED FALLING OFF. I ENDED UP WITH THREE FLOWERS. I WAS JUST WONDERING.

Elaine asks WHAT WAS THE WEATHER LIKE
WHEN YOU BROUGHT IT HOME?

She says IT WAS NICE.
IT WASN'T COLD.

She says BECAUSE THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN
MY FIRST GUESS.
I HAVE A CHRISTMAS CACTUS
US THAT BLOOMS EVERY YEAR--
CACTUS GROW IN THE
DESERT WHERE IT’S NEGLECTED

Elaine suggests MAYBE YOU OVER WATERED IT.

She says I HAVE ONE FOR 25 YEARS.
AND THIS IS A LITTLE ONE.
BUT--

Elaine frowns and says IT COULD HAVE BEEN THE
CONDITIONS IT WAS IN BEFORE YOU
BOUGHT IT.

She says BUT IT COULD HAVE BEEN OVER
WATERED, HUH?

Elaine says IT COULD HAVE BEEN.

MAUREEN says I HEARD THEY LIKE--
THEY DON'T LIKE TO MOVE WHEN
THEY'RE IN-- WHEN THEY'RE
BUDDING.

Elaine says I HEARD THAT TOO.
AND I DON'T KNOW IF THAT'S--

Maureen says THEY LIKE CONDITIONS
CONSISTENTLY.
SO I DON'T KNOW.
MAYBE JUST THE EFFORT OF
BRINGING IT FROM THE STORE HOME
IT SAID, OKAY, THAT'S IT.
I'M OUT OF HERE.

Elaine says YEAH.

MAUREEN says BUT IT-- IT MIGHT
COME AROUND NEXT YEAR.
DOESN'T MEAN ALL IS LOST.

Elaine says KEEP IT ALIVE AND I BET IT
WILL BLOOM NEXT YEAR.
MINE SURE DOES.

MAUREEN says WHAT DO YOU DO--

Elaine explains THIS IS AN IMPORTANT PART.
WHAT YOU DO IS YOU TAKE A PIECE
FIRST OF EITHER BOX WOOD OR--
OR THE OREGONIA AND DECIDE HOW
TALL THE TREE IS.

She points to a small branch of oregonia sticking out from the Styrofoam and says SO THIS IS THE TIP OF THE TREE.

She then points to the sides of the foam and says THEN YOU COME OUT WITH THE
WIDTH OF THE TREE.
AND, IN FACT, THESE MIGHT BE
TOO LONG OR I NEED THE TOP
LONGER.
MAYBE THAT'S IT.
AND I JUST-- I JUST DECIDED.
WHICH IS NOW-- NOW YOU NOTICE
THAT I'M NOT PULLING OUT WHAT I
PUT IN ALREADY.
THIS IS A TYPE OF FOAM MEANT
FOR DRY THINGS.
ALTHOUGH THIS IS FRESH, IT WILL
DRY.
SO WE USED THE DRIED OASIS, NO,
DRIED SAHARA.
NOT REALLY FORGIVING, THOUGH.
IF YOU KEEP PULLING IT OUT IT
CRUMBLES AND ALL OF THIS POWDER
COMES OFF AND YOU DON'T WANT TO
WIPE YOUR EYES WHEN YOU GET
THAT POWDER ON.
SO I WON'T TRY AND PULL IT OUT
AND PUT A NEW ONE IN.
PUT A NEW ONE IN BESIDE IT.

She pokes a second branch at the top of the foam and says I LIKE THE-- THIS HEIGHT
BETTER.
THIS IS THE HEIGHT OF THE TREE
AND THIS IS THE WIDTH OF THE
TREE.

She starts poking branches in the middle of the sides as she describes NOW I'M COMING IN HERE.
AND-- AND HERE.
TO MAKE LIKE A STAIRCASE--

MAUREEN says RIGHT.
YOU'RE STARTING AN ANGLE ON IT.

She says A PAIR MID-EFFECT.
AND-- AND-- A PYRAMID EFFECT.
AND-- AND ANYBODY CAN DO THIS.
I THOUGHT SCHOOLS AND BROWNIES
HOW TO DO THIS.
IT'S A GOOD CRAFT TO DO WITH
CHILDREN.

MAUREEN says YOU NEED QUITE A
BIT OF BOX WOOD.

Elaine says NOT AS MUCH AS YOU THINK.
I'M NOT PUTTING THE BOX WOOD
REALLY, REALLY CLOSELY
TOGETHER.
BECAUSE I DON'T NEED-- I DON'T
NEED TO HIDE THIS BLOCK--

MAUREEN says THE GREEN THING.

Elaine taps the block and says WITH THE STEMS.
I'M HIDING WITH THE BLOCK WITH
THE PART THAT'S OUT HERE.
AND IN FACT, IF I PUT THESE
STEMS TOO CLOSE TOGETHER I'M
ASKING THE FLORAL FOAM TO DO
TOO MUCH.
IT WILL FALL APART.
I'LL KEEP WORKING ON THIS.

MAUREEN says WE'LL KEEP THE
CAMERA ON YOU.
HEATHER IS IN OTTAWA.

Elaine continues to poke the Styrofoam with small branches a little apart from each other.

She says HI.
I HAVE ROSE OF TERRON.
I DON'T SEE THEM IN OTTAWA THAT
OFTEN.
BUT IN TORONTO.
AND THEY'RE BEAUTIFUL.
HOW CAN I HELP THEM OVER WINTER
HERE.

MAUREEN says ROSE OF SHARON IS A
SHRUB?

Heather says I THINK IT'S IN THE HIBISCUS
FAMILY.

Elaine says IT'S GOOD IN CANADA.
WHAT TEMPERATURE ZONE ARE YOU
IN?

She answers WE'RE 4 OR 5.

Elaine explains SO WHERE I LIVE, I'M IN A 5.
AND I HAVE A ROSE OF SHARON AND
I DON'T DO ANYTHING TO IT.

Heather says OKAY.
SO I DON'T HAVE TO TRIM IT DOWN
OR ANYTHING?

Elaine says NO, SOMETIMES I THINK THAT
PEOPLE-- THEY'LL BOLST UP
AROUND THE ROOT BALL WITH MULCH
OR BURR LAPPING.
BUT IT'S NOT A PLANT THAT-- I
DON'T DO IT ON MY OWN PROPERTY.
SO, YOU KNOW, BY EXPERIENCE,
AND I'M IN A FIVE.
SO,

MAUREEN says IN FACT, ALL THE
SNOW, I ASSUME YOU'VE HAD A LOT
OF SNOW UP THERE, HAVE YOU?

She says I CAN'T SEE THE PLANT
ANYMORE.

Maureen says AND HIS-- AND IT'S PROBABLY
INSULATED.

Heather says WE LOST A LOT OF PLANTS-- A
LOT OF PLANTS LAST YEAR BECAUSE
WE DIDN'T HAVE SNOW UNTIL VERY
LATE.

Elaine says I LOST A LOT OF HERBS.

MAUREEN says THERE'S MY PLUG FOR
THE PEOPLE-- PEOPLE ON MY
STREET THAT ARE SHOVELING THE
SNOW ON TO THE STREET AND NOW
WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH ROOM FOR
TWO CARS TO GET BY, PUT IT BACK
ON THE LAWN OR THE GARDEN OR
YARD.
AS LONG AS THERE'S NO SALT IN
IT, ALL OF THAT SNOW IS GOOD
INSULATION AND YOU'LL ENJOY THE
MOISTURE.

Elaine works on and comments THE PROBLEM IS THE SALT, ISN'T
IT?

MAUREEN says I DON'T THINK WE'VE
BEEN SALTED YET.
BUT YEAH, YOU WOULD HAVE TO
WATCH FOR THAT.

Elaine says YEAH.

MAUREEN says OKAY.
NOW, DO YOU HAVE A VERY--
SHRUBS ARE MY THING.
THEY'RE THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF
MY FRONT GARDEN.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE SHRUB
THAT GOES THAT EXTRA DISTANCE
FOR YOU?

Elaine says I REALLY LIKE SHRUBS.
I LIKE THE PLAIN OLD ONES LIKE
THE PURPLE SAND CHERRY AND
THAT.
BUT I LOVE THE VIBERNUMS.
I HAVE A SNOWFLAKE VIBERNUM.
I HAVE MY STUFANDRIS THAT GROW
OVER THE ROCKS.
I HAVE GRANITE BOULDERS THAT
CAME OUT OF THE FOUNDATIONS
WHEN WE BUILT OUR HOUSE.
UM, AND TO HIDE THESE, SOFTEN
THEM, I PLANTED ALL OF IT.
AND IT-- IT FALLS DOWN AND
CASCADES, LIKE A WATERFALL OVER
THE ROCK.
AND IN THE FALL, I HAVE SUCH A
BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL LEAF THAT
HE'S A GOLDY BRONZE LEAF AND
GREAT FOR FLOWER ARRANGING.
I PICK A LOT OF THINGS--

MAUREEN says THAT YOU'RE GOING
TO BRING--

Elaine explains PURPLE SMOKE BUSH WE USE A
LOT ON THE PROPERTY AND HAZELS
FOR FLOWER ARRANGING.
WE LIKE THAT SORT OF THING.

MAUREEN says GREAT.
SHANDRE IS IN OWEN SOUND.
HELLO.

Shandre says HELLO.

MAUREEN says WHAT'S YOUR
QUESTION FOR ELAINE?

She says NOT A QUESTION.
I DISCOVERED HOW TO GET MY
POINSETTAS TO REBLOOM.

MAUREEN says SHARE THE SECRET.

Elaine answers MAYBE YOU WANT TO PATENT
THAT IDEA BEFORE YOU SHARE IT.

Shandre says ACTUALLY, I HEARD IT BEFORE
AND-- AND I HAD FORGOTTEN AND
IT WAS JUST BY SHEER LUCK
THAT-- THAT I RECREATED THE
CONDITIONS.
WHEN I WAS TALKING TO SOMEBODY
ELSE, THEY GO, OF COURSE,
DIDN'T YOU KNOW THAT?
I FELT FOOLISH.
WHAT IT IS IT 12 HOURS OF
BRIGHT DAY LIGHT AND-- AND 12
HOURS OF COMPLETE DARKNESS.
STARTED IN OCTOBER AND BY
CHRISTMAS, YOU'LL HAVE BLOOMING
POINSETTAS.

MAUREEN says HOW DO YOU ACHIEVE
THE 12 HOURS OF BRIGHT
DAYLIGHT?

WELL, JUST PUT IT IN THE
WINDOW.

DO WE GET 12 HOURS OF BRIGHT
DAYLIGHT.

She says WE DO BASICALLY.
LIKE, UM, AND IF YOU DON'T HAVE
BRIGHT DAYLIGHT, JUST GOOD
BRIGHT LIGHT.
BUT IT'S THE 12 HOURS OF
COMPLETE DARKNESS, WHICH YOU
NEED TO START IN OCTOBER WHICH,
HEY, THE SUN SHINS MORE THAN 12
HOURS.
BUT IT NEEDS THE 12 HOURS OF
DARK.
EARLY IN THE FALL.
AND THAT-- THAT'S THE CONDITION
WE HAVE TO MEET.

MAUREEN says SO YOU PROBABLY
WOULD-- WOULD TAKE IT OUT OF
THE BASEMENT AT 7 A.M. AND--
AND PUT IT IN A BRIGHT WINDOW
AND THEN BACK DOWN AT 7 AT
NIGHT OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT?

She says ACTUALLY, I WAS TOO LAZY O
LUG IT.
I JUST THREW DARK GREEN GARBAGE
BAGS OVER TOP.

Elaine says THAT'S A GOOD IDEA.

Shandre says YOU SEE, I HAD A POINSETTA
TREE AND I DIDN'T WANT TO LUG
IT AROUND.

Elaine comments THEY'RE PRETTY, AREN'T THEY?
THE TREES.

Shandre says ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS.

Elaine asks WHAT COLOUR?

Shandre answers MINE WAS BRIGHT RED.

Elaine says THAT'S NICE.

Shandre says BRIGHT RED AND IT
WAS ABOUT FIVE-FEET HIGH.

MAUREEN says WHY ARE YOU USING
THE PAST TENSE?
DID IT DIE?

Shandre says YES, IT DID.
WHEN I MOVED A FRIEND-- A
FRIEND OF MINE OFFERED TO
TRANSPORT IT AND IT GOT FROZEN.

Elaine comments OH,--

MAUREEN says THANKS FRIEND.

Shandre says I WAS DEVASTATED.
BUT THOSE THINGS HAPPEN.
THAT'S ONE OF THOSE HAZARDS OF
MOVING.

MAUREEN says DO YOU HAVE
POINSETTAS OUT THIS YEAR?

She answers NO, I DON'T.
MY DAD IS ALLERGIC TO THEM.
HE FOUND OUT WHEN HE USED TODAY
WALK THROUGH THE MALLS, HE
HELPED SOMEBODY THAT USED TO
HAVE A ROUTE WHERE THEY
DELIVERED FLYERS AND STUFF INTO
THE MALLS, THOSE INFORMATION
THINGS?
AND THEY WALKED PAST THE
FLORIST THAT HAD ALL OF THESE
POINSETTAS OUT AT
CHRISTMAS TIME, AND EVERY TIME
HE HELPED THIS GUY, HE GOT
SICK.
HE TOOK-- IT TOOK A WHILE FOR
THEM TO FIGURE IT OUT.
BUT, UM, BUT BY YEAR TWO HE WAS
ABLE TO TEST IT OUT.
AND THAT'S WHEN HE FOUND OUT HE
DEFINITELY WAS ALLERGIC TO--

MAUREEN says SO AT THIS TIME OF
YEAR, HE'S AVOIDING THE MALLS.

Shandre says YOU GOT IT.
WE ALL HAVE FAKE POINSETTAS
INSIDE OUR FAMILY.

MAUREEN says THANK YOU FOR THAT
TIP.

Shandre says YOU'RE WELCOME.

MAUREEN says HOW ARE YOU DOING
OVER THERE?

Elaine shows her arrangement and says LET ME SHOW YOU.
STARTING TO LOOK MORE LIKE A
TREE.

MAUREEN says ISN'T THAT NICE?

She says THE GREAT THING ABOUT THIS
IS IF YOU'RE-- IF YOU GO AWAY
OR LIVE IN A SMALLER APARTMENT
NOW OR-- YOU KNOW, THAT
HAPPENS--

MAUREEN says YOU CAN'T GET A BIG
TREE.

She shows a one almost covered side of the arrangement.

She continues THIS IS A GREAT ALTERNATIVE

She raises her hand over her head and says BECAUSE YOU CAN MAKE IT THIS
BIG IF YOU WANT.
AND-- AND, UM, AND IT DRIES.
SO YOU CAN PUT IT AWAY AND
BRING IT OUT NEXT YEAR.

MAUREEN says IT WILL BE THAT
STURDY?

Elaine says YES.
YES.

MAUREEN says YOU WERE TALKING
ABOUT WREATHS EARLIER.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO MAKE WRETS
OUT OF?
AS FAR AS YOUR GREENERY?

Elaine explains I HAVE MY FAVOURITES TOO.
I LOVE NOBEL FIR.
BECAUSE SO PLIABLE.
THAT'S THE ONE WE USED THAT WAS
RUBBERY.
AND I JUST BUY A BASE THAT
ALREADY HAS THE NOBEL FIR ON
IT.
THEY MAKE MOST OF THE WREATHS
WITH MACHINES NOW.
SO YOU HAVE THIS NOBEL FIR BASE
AND IF YOU HAVE LIFT THE
BRANCHES UP, THEY'RE WIRED ON
AND YOU CAN POKE THROUGH AND
POKE OTHER THINGS, LIKE ROSE
HIPS OR DRIED FLOWERS.
YOU CAN MIX EVER GREENS AND
DRIDS TOGETHER.
THAT-- THAT WORKS UM.
THAT'S WHAT I'VE DONE INSIDE MY
HOUSE.
I'VE USED THE NOBEL FIR.

MAUREEN points to a wreath behind her and says I KNOW YOU DIDN'T
MAKE THIS.
ONE OF YOUR STUDENTS--

Elaine says WE CALL THEM NONA WREATHS.

MAUREEN says CAN WE LOOK AT-- I
KNOW YOU HAVE THIS GREENERY IN
FRONT.
BECAUSE I THINK IT'S JUST
GORGEOUS.
NOW, THERE'S ACTUALLY ORANGE
PEEL ON THERE, ISN'T THERE?

An image shows the wreath. It has several different leaves and golden berries, orange peel and red small flowers arranged around the central base.

She says YEAH, NONA IS ABSOLUTELY
AMAZING.
STARTED COMING OUT TO THE
CLASSES-- CLASS THAT IS WE RUN.
WE DO 730 DAYS IN THE COUNTRY
EACH YEAR, WHICH IS WHERE THE
NAME OF THE COMPANY CAME FROM
AND CAME OUT TO THOSE UNTIL
FINALLY HER HUSBAND SAID WHAT
WILL I DO WITH THESE THINGS
SHE'LL KEEP MAKING.
NOW I HAVE TO-- YOU HAVE TO BUY
THEM BACK.
NOW THEY BOTH WORK FOR A DAY IN
THE COUNTRY.
SHE MAKES THESE WREATHS.
THIS ONE STARTED ON A STYROFOAM
BASE.
SHE STARTS THEN WITH THE
GREENERY.
ALL GREENERY LIKE THE OREGONIA
THAT-- THAT YOU CAN WORK WITH
WHILE ITS FRESH AND THEN IT
DRIES.
THOSE TYPES OF GREENERY ARE BOX
WOOD OR-- OREGONIA, MAGNOLIA,
THESE ONES THAT ARE BROWN HERE,
THAT'S MAGNOLIA.
SO IT DRYS AND KEEPS THE LEAF
AS WELL.
LOVELY BECAUSE IT'S GREEN ON
ONE SIDE AND BROWN ON THE
OTHER.
SO IT'S A TWO-- IT HAS A
TWO-TONED EFFECT.
SHE STARTS BY PUTTING IN ALL THE
GREENERY AND THEN ADDS THINGS.
THIS IS--

MAUREEN says IS THAT STURDY?
BECAUSE I HAVE LOTS OF HYDREG
HYDREGENIA FROM THE GARDEN?
AND IT'S STURDY ENOUGH?
OKAY.

Elaine says AT MY HOUSE, MY BANISTER
GOING UPSTAIRS AND ON THE DOOR,
I HAVE A NOBEL FIR ON A GARLAND
AND THEN-- AND THEN TOO I
TIE BIG BUNDLES OF LAVENDAR ON IT.
AND I WIND A RIBBON ON IT.

MAUREEN says DO YOU WAIT TO CUT
THE HYDRENGEA UNTIL DECEMBER.
BECAUSE BY THEN IT'S BROWN?
OR CUT IT EARLIER, KEEP IT IN WATER FOR A WHILE
AND DRY IT WHITE?

Elaine says YOU USE A WATER DRYING
METHOD.
IF IT'S AN ANABELL HYDREGINA,
IT WILL DRY RIGHT ON THE SHRUB
AND IT'S-- AND IT'S A SQUISHING
TECHNIQUE.

She crunches her hand as she says
IF IT'S MAKING THAT CRUNCHING
NOISE, IT'S DONE AND IT'S DRY
AND YOU CAN PICK IT.
BUT YOU NEED TO PICK IT WHILE
IT'S STILL GREEN BEFORE IT
BECOMES BROWN.

Maureen says OKAY.

Elaine continues BUT IF YOU HAVE A PINK OR
BLUE HYDRENGIA, YOU HAVE TO DO
A WATER-DRYING METHOD.
YOU CUT IT WHILE IT'S IN BLOOM.
BEFORE, UM, BEFORE THE FINAL
PETALS ARE COMING OUT.
WHILE IT'S STILL IN THE PROCESS
OF OPENING UP.
YOU PUT IT IN SHALLOW WATER.
UM, AND-- IN-- IN LATE AUGUST,
MY HOUSE IS FULL OF MASON JARS
WITH ALL THE HYDRENGYA WE STICK
IT ALL IN THE WATER.
THEN IGNORE IT.
LET THE WATER ABSORB UP THE
STEM AND EVAPORATE T DON'T
WATER IT ANYMORE.
IN ABOUT THREE DAYS IT, IT STARTS TO DRY.
BUT IS NEEDS THE WATER SOURCE
TO DRY.
SOME PEOPLE HAVE HAD SOME
SUCCESS WITH WHAT WE CALL AN
AIR DRYING METHOD.
WHICH IS THE METHOD YOU USE TO
DRY ROSES.
HANG THEM UP SIDE DOWN.
I FIND IT USUALLY GETS ALL
WRINKLED AND ISN'T PRETTY
ANYMORE.

MAUREEN says OKAY.
VERY GOOD.
HEDDY IS IN SAINT CATHARINES.
HI.

Heddy says HI.
I'M REALLY ENJOYING YOUR SHOW.
IT'S SO BEAUTIFUL.

MAUREEN says YEAH, ISN'T IT?
YOU SHOULD SMELL IT IN HERE.

She continues THE ARRANGEMENTS ARE JUST
GORGEOUS.
SOMETHING I ENJOY DOING TOO.
I WAS GOING TO ASK YOU, I
BOUGHT A BIRD OF PARADISE LAST
SUMMER.
ACTUALLY, I BOUGHT IT IN A
GARAGE SALE.
AND WHEN I CAME HOME, IT LOOKED
LIKE IT HAD BEEN REALLY
NEGLECTED.
NOW, I HAD NEVER HAD THIS TYPE
OF PLANT BEFORE.
BUT I HAD SEEN IT.
AND, UM, AND I-- AND I CAME
HOME AND I-- AND I CUT IT RIGHT
OFF AND I PUT IT IN MY GARDEN.
WHEN I CAME HOME-- WE WENT AWAY
FOR THE SUMMER.
WHEN I CAME HOME IT, REALLY HAD
GROWN.
AND I BROUGHT IT IN THE WINTER
AND NOW I DON'T KNOW WHAT I
SHOULD BE DOING WITH IT.
I'VE GOT IT UNDER A LIGHT.
I SEE NOW THAT IT'S-- IT'S
GETTING ANOTHER LEAF.
BUT, UM, BUT I-- I DON'T KNOW
WHAT TO DO WITH IT.

MAUREEN says THIS IS A BIRD OF
PARADISE.

Elaine says THE BIRD OF PARADISE IS A
TROPICAL PLANT.
BEAUTIFUL.
ONE OF MY DAD'S FAVOURITE
FLOWERS.
IT-- IT-- IT-- BECAUSE IT'S A
TROPICAL PLANT, YOU WERE
COMPLETELY RIGHT TO BRING IT
INSIDE BECAUSE IT WON'T WINTER
OVER.
HOWEVER IT, WANTS TO HIBERNATE.
NO MATTER WHAT PART OF THE
WORLD IT LIVES IN, IT'S GOING
TO HAVE A MORE DORMANT STAGE SO
YOU WANT TO ALLOW IT TO GO
THROUGH DORMANCY.
WON'T WATER IT AS MUCH AND PUT
IT IN LESS SUNLIGHT AS NORMAL.

MAUREEN says MEANING MOVE THE
WINDOW OR MOVE IT BACK AND
FORTH?

Elaine says PUT IT MORE ON THE NORTH
SIDE TO GIVE IT A NORTH WINDOW
RATHER THAN A SUNNY WINDOW.
IT WANTS TO GO TO SLEEP
FOR A WHILE.
NOT KEEP BLOOMING.

MAUREEN says AND THEN?

Elaine says IN THE SPRING-- ROSEMARY'S
ARE LIKE THAT TOO.
YOU PUT THEM OUTSIDE.

MAUREEN says AS SOON AS YOU'RE
NOT GETTING FREEZING
TEMPERATURES OVER NIGHT.

Elaine says DON'T GET ANY FROST BECAUSE
THE TROPICAL PLANT WON'T
SURVIVE ONE NIGHT OF FROST.
YEAH, YOU MIGHT WANT TO WAIT
UNTIL THE END OF MAY.

MAUREEN says ALL RIGHT.
THANK YOU FOR THAT.
THANKS FOR THE CALL.
LET'S GO-- WELL, ACTUALLY
BEFORE WE GO TO LAURIE, CAN I
ASK YOU ABOUT ALL INDOOR
PLANTS.
SHOULD WE KEEP FERTILIZING THE
INDOOR PLANTS THROUGHOUT THE
WINTER OR DO THEY NEED TO HAVE
IT CUT BACK TOO.

Elaine says THEY NEED TO HAVE THINGS CUT
BACK TOO.
THIS IS THE IS NOT THE TIME TO
FERTILIZING YOUR PLANTS LIKE
CRAZY.
NOW, THE ONLY EXCEPTION IS I DO
CONTINUE TO-- TO FERTILIZE MY
ROSEMARY.
MAYBE I'M DOING THE WRONG
THING.
BUT WORKS FOR ME.

MAUREEN says WHAT ABOUT AFRICAN
VIOLETS?
WHICH I DON'T HAVE--

She says MY MOM IS SO GOOD--

Maureen says MINE TOO! WHAT IS THAT ABOUT WOMEN OF
THEIR GENERATION.

Elaine says SHE GIVES THEM TO ME AND I
KILL THEM.

MAUREEN says ME TOO.
I THINK SHE FERTILIZES THROUGH
THE WINTER.
BUT I'M NOT SURE.
LAURIE IS OUR NEXT CALLER.

Laurie says HI.
I HAVE AN IVY PLANT WITH SPIDER
MITES.
THE LEAVES ARE DYING AND TURNING
BROWN.
IS THERE ANYTHING TO BE DONE
WITH THAT-- ABOUT THAT--

Elaine says THE SPIDER MIGHT IS SUCKING
THE LIFE OUT OF THE PLANT IS
WHAT IT DOES.
UM, IT'S HARD TO COME BACK.
UM, I KNOW LOTS OF PEOPLE
HAVE-- HAVE THEIR WAYS OF DOING
THAT WITH THE SOAPY DETERGENT.
THE BEST THING IS NOT TO TAKE
THE PLANT TO THE NURSERY
BECAUSE THEY WON'T APPRECIATE
YOU BRINGING IN YOUR BUGS.
BUT GO AND DESCRIBE IT TO THEM
AND-- AND ASK THEM WHAT TO DO.
BECAUSE THE-- BECAUSE IT--
THERE ARE PRODUCTS THAT YOU CAN
BUY TO-- TO BRING IT BACK TO
LIFE.
FOR ME, I-- BEING A SINGLE MOM
WITH KIDS AND DOGS AND A
BUSINESS AND EVERYTHING, I JUST
GO BUY A NEW ONE.
BUT IF YOU WANT TO BRING IT
BACK TO LIFE.

MAUREEN says IF I'M NOT
MISTAKEN, THAT SUCKER IS ON THE
UNDERSIDE OF THE LEAF AND YOU
COULDN'T JUST THROW THE SHOWER
ON THE PLANT, IT WOULDN'T GET
IT.

Elaine shakes her head and says NO.
IT'S HARD TO GET IT BACK AGAIN
I FIND.

MAUREEN says YOU PROBABLY WANT
TO GET THAT BY A WAY-- AWAY
FROM OTHER PLANTS IN THE HOUSE
BEFORE IT TRANSFERS OVER.

Elaine says YEAH.

MAUREEN says WE'RE FOUR MINUTES
BEFORE THE END OF THE SHOW.
ARE YOU DONE THIS?

Elaine says MAYBE.

MAUREEN says CAN YOU GET THE
IDEA, THOUGH?
WOULD YOU DECORATE IT THEN OR--

Elaine says I LOVE IT JUST PLAIN.
BUT YOU CAN PUT THE ROSE HIPS
ON.
YOU CAN PUT, UM, PINE CONES ON.
OR-- OR ANY OF THE DRIED
FLOWERS.
ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE LIKE
TO DO IN THE STORE IS TAKE A
RING OF FLOWERS LIKE DRIED
ROSESS AND MAKE IT LIKE A
GARLAND.
AS IF IT'S THE GARLAND GOING UP
THE TREE.
THAT'S PRETTY.
BUT REALLY EASY TO DO WITH
CHILDREN.
BUT-- WHEN I GO TO BROWNIES OR
SOMETHING, WE DON'T USE A HEAVY
OR EXPENSIVE URN.
WE BUY AN INEXPENSIVE POT AND
PUT THE OASIS IN THERE.
AND YOU KNOW, FOR UNDER 10 DOLLARS,
EVEN UNDER 5 DOLLARS, USUALLY, YOU CAN
HAVE A LITTLE CHRISTMAS TREE.

MAUREEN says IN THE LAST FEW
MINUTES WE HAVE, WHY DON'T YOU
SHOW US SOME OF THE THINGS THAT
MAKE GOOD GIFTS FOR GARDENERS.
JUST A FEW OF YOUR FAVOURITES.

Elaine says THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVOURITES
THINGS.
SOUND LIKE--

MAUREEN says SUPER DUPER GLOVES.

Elaine puts down the urn and shows a pair of gloves as she says THAT'S RIGHT.
HERE, LET ME PUT THIS DOWN.
THESE ARE ROSE GLOVES.
SO WHEN YOU'RE RIGHT IN THERE--
RIGHT IN THERE WITH THE GARDEN
WITH ANYTHING PRICKLY THIS,
WORKS REALLY, REALLY WELL

She puts them on and holds her wrist as she says BECAUSE IT COMES UP AND
PROTECTS HERE.
IT HAS ALL OF THIS EXTRA SEUDE
SO YOU CAN PICK UP THORNS AND
THINGS.
IF YOU'RE A GARDENER, YOU
APPRECIATE THAT.

MAUREEN says OKAY.
SO...

Elaine says FOR THOSE GARDENERS THAT
LIKE TECHNOLOGY, WHICH I'M NOT
ONE OF THOSE, THIS-- THIS-- I
SHOULD OPEN IT UP.
MAKE A NOISE.

MAUREEN says THAT'S ALL RIGHT.

She opens a package and shows a green belt with two pockets the right size for a cell phone on the right and tools on the left.

Elaine says IT'S A LITTLE BELT THAT YOU
CAN WEAR THAT THE CELL PHONE
CAN GO ON.
SO I-- LAST YEAR THERE WAS ONE
DAY AND I HAD A CELL PHONE OUT
IN THE GARDEN AND I HAD IT IN
THE POCKET AND KEPT FALLING.
IT WOULD GET ALL DIRTY AND IT
WAS A PAIN IN THE NECK.
SO INSTEAD, THERE'S THIS LITTLE
BELT.
THE CELL PHONE GOES IN HERE AND
YOU CAN PUT THE SNIPS AND
SCISSORS IN HERE AND IT'S ALL
ON YOUR-- YOU JUST WEAR IT AND
THEN YOU CAN HAVE BOTH HANDS
FREE TO KEEP GOING.
SO THAT'S A FUN THING FOR--

MAUREEN says OR LET THE
ANSWERING MACHINE GET IT.

Elaine says THAT'S WHAT I-- I-- THERE
WERE TWO THINGS LAST YEAR.
I THREW THE CELL PHONE AND THE
DAYTIMEER AWAY.
AND I FEEL LIKE I HAVE MY LIFE
BACK.

She turns and shows a pair of scissors as she says UM, THESE SCISSORS ARE REALLY
WONDERFUL.
THEY'RE, UM, AH, YOU CAN USE
THEM FOR PRUNING.
THEY'RE THAT STRONG.
BUT THEY-- THEY-- SEE, THE JOIN
IS WAY DOWN HERE OF THE PLAYED.

She shows the red scissors as she says SO THEY'RE GREAT FOR FLOWER
ARRANGING BECAUSE YOU CAN
GETAWAY IN THERE TO GET SNIPPY
THINGS OR IN THE GARDEN AS
WELL.
AND ALMOST ALL GARDENERS LOVE
THESE WEAPONS.
SOME KIND OF A LITTLE WEAPON.

MAUREEN says WHAT'S THE-- WHAT'S
THE WAY TO CARE FOR THOSE,
THEN?
DO YOU OIL THE BLADES?
I HEAR PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT--

Elaine says YEAH, NO, SOMETIMES I PUT
THEM IN THE SAND.
I HAVE A BUCKET OF SAND THAT I
STICK THEM IN AND DRIES UP--

MAUREEN says IS THAT WHAT THEY
MEAN BY SANDING?

Elaine says UH-HUH.
AND PUT A SQUIRT OF OIL AROUND
THE SCREW WHERE IT'S JOINING
AND THAT HELPS TOO.
THAT HELPS A LOT AS WELL.

MAUREEN says ALL RIGHT.
YOU HAVE A BUNCH OF WATERING
CANS OVER THERE.
BUT I LIKE THE ONE WITH THE--
IT HAS THE COPPER LOOK TO IT.

She says THIS ONE HERE.

MAUREEN says LOOK AT THAT.

She shows a copper coloured watering can about half a meter high as she explains THIS IS AN I-- THIS IS
AMAZING.
THESE ARE VERY CLEVER PEOPLE.
THEY GO TO FRANCE AND THEY BUY
ANTIQUES.
YOU'LL SEE THIS SHAPE OF A
WATERING CAN IN A LOT OF OLD
BOOKS.
THEY DO IS BRING IT BACK TO
CANADA AND HAVE SOMEONE
REPRODUCE IT.
IT-- THE COPPER'S VERY IN FOR
GARDENERS RIGHT NOW.
SO IF YOU HAVE A DISCERNING
GARDEN ON THE LIST, ANYTHING
COPPER.
THERE'S A LIST RIGHT BEHIND
YOU.
THERE'S LOTS OF THINGS.
LAST YEAR, CANADA BLOOMS WAS
FULL-- FULL OF COPPER.
BUT THEY'RE PRICEY.

MAUREEN says I BET.
I WON'T ASK.
BUT THAT'S ALL TIME WE HAVE.
THANK YOU FOR MAKING THIS AND
BRINGING IN ALL OF THIS.
IT'S GREAT.

Elaine says IT WAS THE FASTEST HOUR I'VE
EVER LIVED ON THE PLANET.

MAUREEN says I TOLD YOU IT WOULD
BE.
OUR GUEST TODAY IS ELAINE MARTIN, HER STORES ARE CALLED A DAY IN THE COUNTRY.

A slate appears. It reads “A Day in the country, 1 800 565 3111.”

Maureen says AND THAT’S OUR PROGRAM FOR TODAY, THANK YOU FOR WATCHING AND TUNE INTO MORE TO LIFE, MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY Q TO 2 O’CLOCK.

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