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Things To Do with Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays

Posted by Rick Canale on Thu, Jan 10, 2013

Boston Christmas Tree Uses

My wife Suzie always take our Christmas tree down on December 26th. The fear of fire, the pile of needles and the confinements of our small house all lead to the immediate break down of Christmas at our home in Chestnut Hill. We do still enjoy our Christmas tree outside for a couple more weeks. Our tree stands in its Christmas tree stand without decorations on our stairs landing. The plethora of birds in our neighborhood frequent this new found shelter. If you like visiting birds, you can smear the smaller branches of your own reused Christmas tree with peanut butter and adhere bird seed to create a grand fir bird feeder. 

If you live in Boston, we are very fortunate. Boston trash and recycling picks up everything including the kitchen sink. You do not even to have undecorate your Christmas tree. You could take the whole tree with lights, ornaments and the Christmas tree stand to the sidewalk and the boys from Capital will dispose of it properly. If you have any shed of decency and wish to do the right thing, then strip your tree bare. Leave the tree on the sidewalk and let the Boston's magic tree elves do their business. These trees can be mulched and composted where their remains are then recycled right into the environment. Christmas trees are also used to deter beach erosion and also provide shelter for animals in the harsh winters of New England.

Recycled Christmas Tree

You could also save your Christmas tree in your backyard too. Remove the boughs and use them to shelter your more tender perennials and bulb beds.  Let the trunk dry out until next winter and cut up for fire wood. Please refrain from using the wood indoors or your outdoor  fire pit this year. The tree is still green and will smoke profusely.

After Christmas Tree

Some other great tips for reusing your Christmas tree include: 

Cut about two feet off your tree from top or bottom or both. This is a great shelter for rabbits and an even better activity area for the energetic Boston squirrel.

If you need Christmas scent year round, then fill a sachet with pine needles. Your drawers will be filled with fragrant evergreen scent year round.




Tags: Christmas Wreaths, Christmas Trees, Christmas, Recycling Tips

A Poem by Flower Design Legend Rich Salvaggio

Posted by Rick Canale on Thu, Dec 13, 2012

Holiday Poem Holiday Happiness by Rich Salvaggio

Snow-softened landscapes

And poinsettias brighten the spirit

Flames cavorting in the hearth

With boughs of holly draped along the mantel

And mistletoe dangling, tempting

Capturing kisses, giggles, and sparks!


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“Reprinted with permission from Flowers And Profits – Rich Salvaggio”


Tags: Poinsettia, Poetry, Teleflora, Christmas Trees, Christmas

How to Show Christmas for Your Wedding or Engagement Party - by Suzie Canale

Posted by Rick Canale on Fri, Dec 02, 2011

Faith Hill Flowers resized 600The Christmas season is filled with hope and possibilities. The season of wishes and dreams forces us to extend the season as long as we can; hence the arrival of Christmas music on Boston radio on November 11. In Boston, we hang garland, bake cookies and even mount Christmas wreaths on our cars. The aroma of vanilla, pine and cinnamon brings us back to our childhood. Even Boston brides try to recreate Christmas magic for their weddings. 

wedding brides bouquet boston resized 600Christmas is all about lights. Twinkle lights, LED lights, twinkle lights, sphere lights, musical lights. You can never have enough lights for Christmas in Boston. Lights can hang from the ceiling, on archways, over mantles and on trees outdoors and indoors. Not only electrical lights, but how about candle light ? Tea lights, hurricanes, tapers, pillars or even battery operated candles will create Christmas romance for your wedding. Another favorite of mine is candle lighting your church with no electric light. Call up the fire marshall and illuminate your church with hundreds of candles along the aisle and altar.

boston christmas wedding resized 600Another essential for any Christmas wedding are evergreens; boughs, garland, wreaths, kissing balls and trees. Holiday garland beautifies chairs, banisters, mantles and can even be draped along the aisle of church pews. Christmas garland may also be accented with berries, pine cones and ornaments as well. Candle rings are also a cost effective centerpiece. A candle ring is just like a miniature Christmas wreath; add a cream pillar candle to the center and you are done. Christmas trees are also a great wedding prop. Six to ten Christmas with white twinke lights on a church altar will give you your own indoor forest. This tree scape is an ideal backdrop for timeless wedding photos. 


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Tags: Suzie Hearl Canale, Wedding Flowers, Christmas Wreaths, Holiday Roping, Christmas Trees, Christmas

Christmas Trees in the Boston Area

Posted by Rick Canale on Sun, Dec 12, 2010

Christmas Trees in DorchesterThe Christmas Tree is arguably the most traditional symbol of Christmas. Christmas trees are often displayed indoors, but also can be placed outdoors as well. Decorations range from lights to popcorn.. pine cones to glass ornaments. An angel or star is often placed on top of the tree. The tradition of decorating a Christmas tree dates back to 16th century Germany.

Christmas trees can be artifical as well as real. At Exotic Flowers in Roslindale and Boston, we have been selling real Christmas trees to Bostonians for over fifty years. We carry Canadian Balsam, Fraser Fir, Douglas Fir, Concolor Fir, Blue Spruce and White Pine.

Many of our clients enjoy this great variety of evergreen trees. Our Christmas center in Roslindale serves clients from Dorchester, Mattapan, Hyde Park, Boston and many other communities. Exotic Flowers does not just sell flowers. We are Christmas Tree Experts.

Christmas Trees for Bostonians

We also feature ornaments, tree stands, lights, tree removal bags and living Christmas trees too. We also give your Christmas tree a fresh cut so it last longer. We not only bind your tree for easy transport, but will also tie the Christmas tree to your car as well. If you have always had artifical trees, stop by. As we say, "real tree equals real Christmas. Fake tree equals fake Christmas."

In 2010, Exotic Flowers has made a concerted effort to help out our local Boston school children. We have partnered with the Manning School of Jamaica Plain and the Haley School of Roslindale to bring more children into our compound and show them all the living items the Christmas season has to offer.

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Tags: Holiday Decor, Christmas Trees, Holiday Memories

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