The Hyams Gift/Christmas Store now has beautiful Asheville Frasier Fir, Montgomery Spruce, Kensington Fir, and several other types of pre-lit artificial Christmas trees on display and available for sale. These lifelike trees range from 9.5’ tall to tabletop and even miniatures. Tree availability is limited so be sure to come early for prime selection of tree type and size!
If you haven’t signed up to receive the Hyams monthly e-newsletter, take an opportunity to do so before November 1st! This upcoming issue will feature a preview of sizes and types of the live and artificial Christmas trees, wreaths, and garland roping that will be available in the Garden Center and Gift Store. Be one of the first to know what to expect from Hyams in a given month and gain valuable information and tips! To sign up, please see the section on the right of this blog entitled, “E-Newsletter.”
The James Island Fire Department is hosting their annual Fire Prevention Expo that will be held on Thursday, October 13, 2011 in the Lowe’s parking lot from 6-9pm. You can look forward to free food and drinks, several raffles, music, and fire prevention activities for the entire family! For more information, visit www.jifaonline.org/annual-fire-prevention-expo.html.
October is breast cancer awareness month and the James Island firefighters, along with the James Island Fire Alliance, have found a unique way to show their support. Kicking off their campaign to “Paint James Island Pink,” these firemen are wearing pink t-shirts for the entire month! They are asking residents and businesses to join in and show their support of breast cancer awareness by wearing pink on October 20th.
If you would like to purchase one of the James Island Fire Department pink t-shirts, you can visit www.jifaonline.org/order-t-shirts.html where a portion of the proceeds will go towards the Hollings Cancer Center located here in Charleston. For more information on these and upcoming events by the James Island Fire Alliance, visit www.jifaonline.org.
Pansies have finally arrived in the Hyams Bedding area. This versatile plant is wonderful in the flowerbed as well as even in a salad. For landscaping use, pansies are useful for creating a mass colorful effect, edging in flowerbeds or even simply planting them in containers and/or window boxes.
Pansies come in a multitude of colors including: purple, orange, red, blue, yellow, white, peach, and lavender. There are three basic color patterns: face (which will have a dark center), single (which have a single color with black lines radiating from the center and also know as “whiskers”) and clear (which are single color). Some of these plants also have a delicate fragrance that can best be noticed early in the morning and around dusk.
Along with adding colorful beauty to your landscape, the pansy blooms are edible and high in vitamin A and C. The blooms have been used as a garnish in salads and soups as well as used to make flavored honey and syrups.
Pansies enjoy morning sun and should be watered when their soil dries out. You can also use mulch around the pansies to help the soil retain water and thwart weed growth.