It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

It is 4 weeks away to Christmas Day today, and here in Botanic Home & Garden Centre things are looking festive! Come and visit us now, and over the coming weeks, to get great ideas and buy unique decorations for your home this Christmas. We have a variety of displays showcasing our interior decorations, which include whimsical décor to winter leaves to more traditional decorations. Our themes this year encompass sparkling silver colours, warm autumnal shades, and vibrant magentas. We have unique baubles, ornaments, faux flower garlands and more, to suit all tastes. Coloured feathers are also very much in vogue and add a touch of 1930s Hollywood glamour to your decorations. Of course, it wouldn’t be Christmas without a real Christmas tree, and we have a variety of freshly cut, non-shedding trees, with strong pine scents, which will suit rooms of all sizes. Don’t forget your stand, and water your tree well to keep it fresh right through the season. If you are looking for an artificial tree to stand the test of time, we have a great range in store now. It’s amazing how realistic artificial trees have become, and you can even buy pre-lit trees for the ultimate convenience. We also have a gorgeous range of unique hand-made dried fruit wreaths and decorations which have sumptuous citrus and cinnamon scents. They will really add a special touch to your mantlepiece or occasional table, or use them to brighten up a dresser or the back of your front door.

And speaking of front doors, it’s truly time to relegate the last of the pumpkins to the compost heap and add some festive colour to your front doors and flower beds. Why not plant a variety of cyclamen in and around existing beds and pots for that added bit of colour? Gaultheria’s have beautiful richly coloured berries at this time of year and are perfect for adding a festive touch as well. And if you are too busy or cold to consider venturing out to garden, why not buy some of our pretty pre-made pots and bowls filled with varieties of seasonal plants. Group different sizes and shapes of pots together for added height interest. Make sure to position some where you can see them from indoors, to cheer you up on those dark days. Finally, to really get you in the festive mood, add twinkling lights everywhere, both indoors and out. It really is the time to sparkle!

Welcome to the Botanic Home & Garden website! We are excited to share our wide range of plants, garden furniture, BBQs and indoor décor with you. It’s been a busy year and a half in Botanic Home & Garden, and we have been focusing on getting our store just right for you to visit in every season. Now you can also look on our new website to see what we have in-store prior to your visit, and to get some ideas for your own home and garden. We hope you like it!

It’s the perfect time of the year to start afresh of course. The children are all back in school, with newly sharpened pencils, new books containing the seeds of learning which will spring forth (we hope) in time. It has reminded me to prepare my own garden for next year! We have a wide variety of bulbs in store now, from daffodils, tulips and crocuses to XXXXXX. I’m going to plant mine with a thick layer of multipurpose with John Innes dug into the soil – we have a special offer of 2 for €10 going right now (RRP €6.95 each). This will really give the bulbs that kick-start they need in the springtime, so that I have glorious colour just when I need it most when we are beginning to emerge from the depths of winter. Of course, Autumn is a time of such beautiful colour too. I’m looking forward to many walks in the woods over the coming weeks, kicking up the leaves and collecting conkers and acorns with my daughter. It’s time to inject some of that colour at home too. We have an abundance of heathers of all colours in our outdoor shop now. The colours and the textures really add a splash to all flower and shrub beds at this time of year. Plant them nestled amongst the lower leaves of other, less colourful shrubs, for that added interest. You could also plant them in pots near your front door, alongside violas and a mixture of miniature grasses.

I’m planning on freshening up my own front door pots this weekend. There’s nothing more cheerful than arriving home on these darkening evenings to a welcoming front door. And why not cheer up that front door even more by adding some autumnal decorations? You’ll find a variety of ideas in our indoor shop to decorate your front door and your interiors with an Autumnal touch. After all, following all that hard work planting up for next Spring, you’ll want to sit down and relax in front of a cosy fire (is it too early?), surrounded by beautiful things and with the scent of some of our new autumnal candle ranges in the air, smug in the knowledge that you’ve just sorted a bit of two seasons worth of gardening in one weekend. At least until you see what gorgeous home and garden treats we have instore next week….