Blooms and greens for a joyful holiday season

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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - 'Tis the season for joy and stress. However, Heidi Heiland of Heidi's Lifestyle Gardens says one way to ease that stress is to get dirty or "earthy."

Heidi joined KARE 11 News @ 4 Wednesday to show us ways to bloom!

Fragrance and Blooms with Forced bulbs: Paper White Narcissus and Amaryllis

The Paper White Narcissus will produce fragrant white blossoms just when we need them most, at this time of year! Plan to crowd the bulbs in a container filled with rocks, pebbles or soil. Leave the tips exposed when covering the bulbs. Place in a sunny window, watering just before they get dry. Bulbs will bloom in two- to three weeks. Planting bulbs every two weeks will ensure continuous blooms.

The Amaryllis is colorful and easy to bring to bloom. Place the bulb in a nutritious potting soil or compost, planting up to the neck. They thrive in a warm place with direct light, and will bloom in 7 - 10 weeks.. Plan to re-use the bulb outdoors in the summer. After a period of dormancy, the bulb can be forced again indoors.

Mistletoe:

The sacred mistletoe is known as a plant of peace, a token of love, and a plant considered to bestow life and fertility. Hang it expectantly in the house. You will have designated a perfect place to 'kiss and make up' after a conflict or an argument.

Silver Sprayed Dried Allium:

The color silver symbolizes home and comfort in the midst of difficulty. The festive seed heads of the allium plant are perfect for spray painting. Dried allium sprayed silver makes a wonderful arrangement signifying celebration and light. Use the large, sturdier varieties such as Globemaster or Giganteum.

Spray in a well-ventilated area.

Honoring the Pomegranate:

The color and symbolism of the pomegranate makes a perfect addition to a wintergreens arrangement or centerpiece. The pomegranate symbolizes our most fundamental beliefs and desires, including renewal, marriage and fertility, abundance and prosperity, and many others.

Candles, Lights & Luminaries:

Lighting a candle in memory of a loved one is a great way to honor them while bringing a bit of comfort to your loss.

Using luminaries to light the path for Santa or welcome guests can also be our reminder to be an inspiration to others.

Advent Wreaths & Menorahs:

An Advent wreath holds much tradition and sacred meaning. Once a symbol of victory, the circle also became acknowledgement of nature's cycle: a reminder that spring would return. The four candles in the circle represent each week of Advent, as well as four centuries of waiting. Christian traditions use five candles, assigning color and meaning to each:

1st candle: Candle of hope (purple)
2nd candle: Candle of preparation (purple)
3rd candle: Candle of joy (pink)
4th candle: Candle of love (purple)
5th candle, the center candle: the Christ candle (white)

The sacred Menorah symbolizes triumph over oppression. The nine-branched candelabra mark the eight days of Hanukah. The ninth candle is used to light the other eight. The seven-branched candelabra used in temples unite the meanings of the number seven: fullness, completion, perfection and holiness.

Finding the ritual that works for you and returning to it in moments of distraction or stress will be helpful for staying calm, present and joyful this season!

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