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The Poinsettia Collection 2015

Today’s poinsettias break the mold of the typical red or ivory holiday plant. Nowadays, this holiday classic is popping up in all sorts of nontraditional colors – in shades of pink, peach, yellow, and even chartreuse. Many even have large, double, or uniquely shaped blooms and come in all shapes and sizes. Poinsettias are perfect for holiday decorating and make an easy and elegant gift. Check out some of our newest poinsettias in a wide range of colors and styles, including the traditional red, white, and pink, as well as, a few unique varieties like Autumn Leaves and Red Rose.

MARBLE
An eye-catching salmon-pink trimmed in cream. This magical color combination will undoubtedly make a statement.
AUTUMN LEAVES
If you love unique, you'll love the newest variety on the scene! This warm poinsettia is a stunning peachy yellow mixed with a pale pink perfect for the holiday table.
CAROUSEL DARK RED
A truly unique variety with curled, dark red bracts and deep green foliage -- sure to make a statement!
WINTER ROSE
Known for its large, rose-like blooms, this beauty has leaves and bracts that resembles a large open rose.
LOVE U PINK
Featuring eye-catching fuchsia that is unlike any poinsettia you’ve ever seen! The hot pink blooms burst against the deep green foliage and yellow and green bracts.
TRADITIONAL RED
You can't go wrong with this showy holiday favorite. Nothing conveys the joy and spirit of the season like this Christmas classic.
FANTASY KUUMBA
Features brilliant yellow-apricot blooms with a touch of glitter. Perfect for those who want to add a little glamour to their holiday decor!
SHIMMER SURPRISE
A vivid, red variety with specs of creamy white scattered throughout. Dazzle your guests with this mosaic of color.
RUBY FROST
Ivory and ruby-rose flowers that are both elegant and unique.
FANTASY GOLD
Sprinkled with festive glitter, this sparkling red poinsettia will have everyone dreaming of a gold Christmas.
PICASSO
Speckled with tiny dots of red and white resembling tiny brushstrokes on the leaves. If you’re looking for something outside the box this season, then Picasso is the one for you.
RED & WHITE
A classic combination of red and white blooms, this poinsettia is certain to capture the joyful spirit of the holidays.

Poinsettias are easy to keep beautiful and blooming throughout the holidays and beyond as long as you follow a few simple tips:

  • Avoid exposing the poinsettia to freezing conditions. Do not leave it in the car while you finish shopping. Take it home and place it inside the house as soon as possible after purchasing it.
  • Place your poinsettia in a spot with bright natural light, but do not expose it to direct sunlight.
  • Do not place your poinsettia in an area where it will be exposed to drafts, heat from appliances, radiators, or ventilation ducts.
  • The color of your poinsettia will last longer with temperatures around 65 degrees F during the day and 60-65 degrees F at night.
  • The soil should be kept moderately moist; check every few days and water when the soil feels dry to the touch. Before watering, remove the pot covers or foil wrapping; water to saturate the soil, and then allow the pot to drain. Do not let the plant sit in standing water.

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Trim Your Tree the LOCAL Way!

2015 HEIRLOOM ORNAMENTS

Since 2008, McDonald has proudly offered an exclusive collection of keepsake ornaments celebrating our community. These keepsakes are intricately hand-painted glass ornaments that offer a one-of-a-kind view of the history and locations unique to Hampton Roads and surrounding areas. This year, we're proud to announce the release of 15 new Heirloom Ornaments featuring sites from the Peninsula to the Outer Banks. New ornaments include the Virginia Beach Boardwalk, the Hampton Harbor, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Christopher Newport University and many more. These keepsakes will be the highlight of any tree and are available for a limited time.

Celebrate our community with this year's two-sided ornaments featuring:

  • Virginia Beach Boardwalk
  • Hampton Harbor
  • Lesner Bridge
  • Newport Comfort Lighthouse
  • Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
  • Chamberlin & Bandstand
  • Cape Henry Lighthouse
  • Lynnhaven House
  • Old Point Comfort Lighthouse
  • Ferry Plantation
  • Christopher Newport University's Ferguson Center for the Arts
  • Currituck
  • Thimble Shoals Lighthouse
  • Christopher Newport University
  • Canadian Geese

Shop these and other HEIRLOOM ORNAMENTS now in stores and online.

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Plant of the Week: Autumn Leaves Poinsettias

We're falling for Autumn Leaves Poinsettias! It's easy to see why poinsettias are a holiday tradition that keeps on growing. The traditional red poinsettia has grown into a huge array of colors and varieties. If you love unique poinsettias, you'll love this year's newest variety on the scene... Autumn Leaves! This warm poinsettia is a stunning peachy yellow mixed with a pale pink perfect for the holiday table. Autumn Leaves will make a wonderful addition to Thanksgiving tablescapes and will transition beautifully into your Christmas decor. Warm up your holidays with this new poinsettia full of vibrant autumn hues.

Care Tips
Poinsettias are easy to keep beautiful and blooming throughout the holidays and beyond as long as you follow a few simple tips:

  • Avoid exposing the poinsettia to freezing conditions. Do not leave it in the car while you finish shopping. Take it home and place it inside the house as soon as possible after purchasing it.
  • Place your poinsettia in a spot with bright natural light, but do not expose it to direct sunlight.
  • Do not place your poinsettia in an area where it will be exposed to drafts, heat from appliances, radiators, or ventilation ducts.
  • The color of your poinsettia will last longer with temperatures around 65 degrees during the day and 60-65 degrees at night.
  • The soil should be kept moderately moist; check every few days and water when the soil feels dry to the touch. Before watering, remove the pot covers or foil wrapping; water to saturate the soil, and then allow the pot to drain. Do not let the plant sit in standing water.

Check out more of our favorite plants! OUR PLANTS OF THE WEEK >>

Holiday Themes You’ll Love

Step into the twinkling winter wonderland at the McDonald Christmas Shoppe where you're sure to find inspiration. Every corner is packed with new treasures and collectible wonders. Shop the must-have trimmings for this holiday season in Hampton Roads. From the holiday classics, to the whimsical and fun, to the wonders of nature - the McDonald Christmas Shoppe will help you create a festive mood this season. Our professional designers are ready to help you dress your home in the latest holiday trends for both inside and out. With an eclectic mix of decorating ideas from the past, present and future, here are some of our favorite holiday themes you will love discovering:

WINTER LIGHT
Create a winter wonderland with metallic accents that sparkle and shine.
CARDINAL CHRISTMAS
Adorn your tree with this beloved symbol of Christmas cheer and the official state bird of Virginia.
CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS
A nostalgic, vintage inspired collection – a nod to days gone by.
LUXURY LODGE
From warm tones and rich textures to shimmering metallics, this collection is sure to shine.

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Rosemary Topiaries

Fresh, Fragrant & Festive

10 Ways to Use Rosemary

Rosemary is a must-have for every home and garden! This perennial herb boasts lovely fragrant, needle-like leaves of silvery green and is native to the Mediterranean region and is a member of the mint family. This hardy evergreen is easy to grow and is not just beautiful, it's very useful as well. Among its many uses, it's prized in the culinary world for its flavorful leaves. It also has a lovely fragrance and pretty, petite blue flowers in spring. While there are too many creative ways to use rosemary to list here, we've picked some of our favorites to share with you.

  1. Holiday Decorating - Placed in an entryway, their fresh, crisp fragrance welcomes guests and beckons them inside. Arrange around the buffet, on side servers, or as table centerpieces. With their festive wraps, these tabletop trees and cones add splashes of color and shimmering accents throughout the holiday season. Or, simply place them in a decorative container and add a bow. And don’t forget to tuck a handful of fresh sprigs beneath the ribbon just before delivering packages!
  2. Cooking - Use fresh or dried rosemary leaves to give a slightly spicy and woodsy flavor to dishes. Rosemary is particularly tasty with poultry, meats, fish, potatoes, soups and stews and vegetables.
  3. Landscape - Rosemary is a great landscape shrub! Not only is it a beauty, it's drought tolerant, deer resistant and super low maintenance. Upright varieties will add evergreen structure to the garden, and groundcover type varieties are great for trouble spots like slopes.
  4. Beverages - Add fresh rosemary to water, hot tea, lemonade, or cocktails.
  5. Fragrance - Rosemary is known for for its wonderful aroma. Add it to a simmer pot to make your home smell fresh and fragrant.
  6. BBQ Skewers - Remove the leaves and use the woody stems as a skewer to infuse flavor into whatever it is you are grilling. And, don't throw away the leaves - sprinkle those on top for added flavor.
  7. Basting Brush - We love this idea! Infuse a little extra flavor into meat by creating a basting brush using rosemary sprigs. Cut 6 - 8 stems of woody branches of rosemary at least 10 inches long. Remove a third of the leaves at the bottom of the branch. Tie them with cooking twine and use them to brush on marinades.
  8. Infused Olive Oil - Snip 4 or 5 stems of rosemary and simmer with a cup of olive oil over medium heat for 5-7 minutes. Let the rosemary and oil cool, and then pour the olive oil and rosemary into a bottle. Seal the bottle and enjoy the beautiful and flavorful mixture yourself or give it as a gift.
  9. Container Gardens - Trailing varieties look great spilling over the edges of containers and upright varieties add height. Plant them alone or mix them with other herbs for your own little herb garden.
  10. Health & Well Being - Did you know rosemary is a memory booster? Yep, it’s been shown to enhance concentration and memory by stimulating the human nervous system. Add it to your food, bathwater or your aromatherapy routine.

Care Tips for Rosemary Indoors: To care for rosemary inside your home, the most important requirement during the winter months is sunlight. Place in a bright sunny window, and turn the plant so that it gets sun on both sides. The soil in the pot needs to be well drained. Water it from the top every other day. Water may remain in the saucer to provide humidity for the plant, but do not let the water touch the bottom of the plant. Adjust the watering schedule if necessary to be sure the soil never dries out.

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From Bulbs to Holiday Blooms

AMARYLLIS & PAPERWHITES

Looking for an easy way to add color and fragrance to your holiday decorating? Look no further than Amaryllis or Paperwhites.

Amaryllis
Of all flowering bulbs, Amaryllis are the easiest to bring to bloom. The large, striking flowers and bold colors make this a must-have, holiday classic! Amaryllis bulbs are available in so many beautiful varieties including various shades of red, white, pink, salmon and even orange. There are also striped and multicolored varieties, usually combining shades of pink or red with white.

Paperwhites
Another favorite holiday bulb is a member of the daffodil family, but looks much more delicate than the big yellow trumpet daffodils you see in spring. These are the most fragrant of the daffodil family, with a distinctive sweet smell that will permeate your home throughout the season.

To get started, you’ll need:

  • 3 to 4 Bulbs (either Paperwhites or Amaryllis)
  • Nutritious potting compost or stones/pebbles
  • Decorative Container

Planting Instructions:

  • Amaryllis:Plant bulbs in potting compost. Plant the bulb up to its neck in the potting compost, being careful not to damage the roots. Press the soil down firmly to set the bulb securely in place after planting.
  • Paperwhite: You do not need any soil; just set them in a shallow dish with some pebbles, or even some nicely-colored marbles. Let the bulbs stand, flat side down, in the pebbles, so the pebbles cover about half the bulb.

Place your potted bulbs in a warm place with direct light since heat is necessary for the development of the stems. The ideal temperature is 68 to 70 degrees F. Water sparingly until the stem appears, then, as the bud and leaves appear, gradually water more. At this point, the stem will grow rapidly and flowers will develop after it has reached full growth. Bulbs will flower in 7-10 weeks as a general rule.

If you're left wondering when to plant these bulbs in order to have them holiday-ready, we've got you covered. Use these handy bloom calendars as a guide:

Amaryllis Bloom Calendar >>
Paperwhite Bloom Calendar >>

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Plant of the Week: Yuletide Camellia

Here come the holidays and with that comes the beautiful blooms of the beloved Yuletide Camellia. This beautiful cool weather bloomer is a Hampton Roads must-have with its warm, red flowers and glossy evergreen foliage. This shrub is a beautiful addition to the garden year-round, giving blooms at a time of year when not much else is blooming. Yuletide's red flowers stand out in high contrast against glossy, dark green foliage making quite the statement in your landscape. A moderate grower, this evergreen shrub will grow to approximately 8-10 feet tall and with an upright growth habit. This beauty is an excellent choice for a colorful hedge or screen, a border shrub, or use along fence lines to add vivid color to outdoor living spaces, porches and patios. We also love planting this camellia in a container surrounded by other cool weather plants like pansies, ornamental cabbages and dusty miller. Yuletide makes an excellent thriller plant in any cool weather container. And, if your planning any holiday gatherings, cut a few blossoms from your plant and float them around your home in small bowls or water. Your guests will love it!

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