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Home Living : November 29th 2011
2 HLF - HOME LIVING: NORTH WEST, Tuesday, November 29, 2011 fu1959 GARDENS START A TRADITION WHY not start a new Christmas tradition. There are many native plants you can use and that will en- hance your environment for years to come. Australian conifers Among the best known are the bunya and hoop pines. Another species that has attracted in- terest is the wollemi pine but these giants are definitely not suitable for a suburban garden. Some of the Callitris species might be more suitable for pots or in the the ground. Casuarinaceae This family contains the fam- iliar casuarina and al- locasuarina trees (commonly known as she-oaks). Less fam- iliar is Gymnostoma australian- um from the Daintree rainforest of North Queensland. It has a conifer-like appearance and is available in garden centres. A number of native plants have become significant as Chr- istmas plants. Blandfordia grandiflora and Blandfordia nobilis are commonly known as Christmas bells. These tufted plants have bell-shaped flowers in shades of red and orange with yellow tips. BUYING A REAL TREE FRESH ON THE BIG DAY WAKE UP TO THE SMELL OF CHRISTMAS Make sure the tree under the decorations will be fresh on the big day. THE tree is a cherished Christ- mas custom in many homes. But it's important to consider a few things before bringing home a real-deal Christmas tree. Timing is everything. Get your Christmas tree as close as possible to Christmas Day. Three weeks before is a healthy number to work on and should mean a fresh, vibrant tree on the day. Every year people rush to buy a live tree just days before Christmas but if real is what you want, start looking around now. The thing to remember is freshness. Needles should look fresh and the branch should be intact when you touch it. Many people use the ''lifting and dropping'' method to test for the freshness of the tree. This should not result in a shower of green needles if the tree has plenty of life left in it. Fresh Christmas trees also have a fragrant pine freshness and you should be able to smell this. Harvesting a tree from a local farm is a favourite option for many shoppers. You can also go to your local nursery and get one. And if you hate shopping, take the online option. But remember to only order from a quality Christmas grower. Shuttermaster Awnings-Shutters-Blinds-Doors 1300 886 184 www.shuttermaster.com.au FREE QUOTE 7 DAYS SPRING SALE 20% OFF 2215824 11/10 ALL AREAS 9838 9090 FREE MEASURE & QUOTE Lifetime Warranty www.justforyouwardrobes.com.au DESIGNED TO SUIT YOUR BUDGET Timber Coloured panel Painted Mirrored Sliding p Hinged Built-inWardrobe SPECIALISTS JUST FOR YOU WARDROBES PTY.LTD Y Lic. 185684C 2174088K wk5 FREE 'IN HOME' CONSULTATION 1300 137 198 www.ccbd.com.au W Curtains W Romans W Sunscreens W Pelmets W Swags W Shutters W All Blinds W Bedspreads LATEST DESIGNS IN CURTAINS & BLINDS by Design CREATIVE CURTAINS 2188211i 11/1 SYDNEY BLINDS & SCREENS 9636 1555 Showroom: 26 Stoddart Road, Prospect. (Mon--Fri & Sun) www.sydneyblinds.com.au FREE quotes ALL suburbs *Discounts off R.R.P. on selected ranges only. While stocks last. Offer supercedes previous offers. McKenzie 26765 Buy 6 blinds or more & get 60% OFF* • Verticals • Venetians • Romans • Rollers • Shutters • Panel Glides BUY MORE SAVE MORE SALE BUY 2 BLINDS GET 20% OFF* BUY 3 BLINDS GET 30% OFF* BUY 4 BLINDS GET 40% OFF* BUY 5 BLINDS GET 50% OFF* www.australianhotwater.com.au Visit the Australian Hot Water Web site or call our office for a free quote on 13 21 13 Ph:132113 AUSTRALIAN HOT WATER Your Local Hot Water Specialist CASHBACK $300 VISA CARD* For replacing existing electric hot water system to gas. Other rewards may be applicable call our office for further details. SUPPLY, INSTALL AND SERVICE ALL MAKES AND TYPES OF HOT WATER SYSTEMS BREAKDOWN HOT WATER REPLACEMENTS FREE GAS CONNECTIONS Conditions apply. Offer ends 31st Dec 11. WE DO FREE QUOTES! 2114248 29/11 *VISA GIFT CARD ON SALE NOW Call Judy 24/7: 0412 224 698 • 25 years experience • Call for your free consultation WEEDOO BLINDS & SHUTTERS
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