Holiday Hours
Open December 24th Christmas Eve from 9am to 3pm
Closed December 25th thru January 1st
In this newsletter you will find.....
  • Holiday Business Hours
  • Gift Card Special
  • Fresh Christmas Trees, Wreaths & Garland
  • Christmas in the Greenhouse
  • Seasonal Ideas & Information for December
  • Landscape Dept: "Manganese? What?"            
  • Seaside Casual Furniture
  • Bailey's Coupon
  • Christmas Store for Beautiful Decor
  • Gift Ideas
  • Santa Paws
  • Rosenberg Library Book Store
Business Hours
Monday thru Saturday 9 to 5:30
Sundays 10 to 4

For the entire month of December
Purchase $100 worth of gift cards 
and get a $20 gift card free!

Beautiful Fraser Firs from North Carolina

Christmas in our Greenhouse!

Christmas Cactus

Norfolk Island Pine 

Seasonal Ideas & Information for December

The following are a list of activities to consider for your December gardening:
  • Vegetables and Herbs - Gardeners are continuing to plant arugula, bok choy, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, chard, collards, lettuce, mustard greens, kale and more!  

  • Plant Bulbs Now - Paperwhites, Tulips, Anemones and Amaryllis      
  • Perennials and Annuals -  It's time to plant alyssum, cyclamen, pansies, snapdragons, violas and ornamental cabbages.  If you haven't done so already, work some compost into the soil before planting. 

From Our Landscape Architect:
"Manganese? What? "      by Janielle Guzinski
I recently looked out a second story window at Tom's Thumb and noticed that something was wrong with the queen palm outside.  I had never seen anything quite like it, so I dragged Peggy upstairs to look at the palm with me.  She immediately said that it was "frizzletop" or Manganese deficiency.  I had never seen a palm so blatantly deformed from a deficiency before.  Suffice to say, I set to work treating the palm that same day.  Then I saw it out on a jobsite the next week.  And then I got called out to consult for a sick palm and it was "frizzletop" again.  Now I'm seeing it at least once a week as I drive around town for our landscaping jobs.  It turns out that queen palms are especially susceptible and many are in the middle of a Manganese deficiency right now. 
What is "frizzletop"?
"Frizzletop" is a descripton of the deformity that happens in palms where the new growth is stunted and frizzled looking.  In a worst case scenario, the palm tree produces new fronds with only the center stick and no actual leaf surface.  This is when the deficiency can become fatal.  Manganese deficiency occurs when there is a lack of Manganese in the soil that they palm can access.  Unfortunately for Galveston, we don't hold onto nutrients well because our sandy soil drains so well and Manganese is not very soluble at high pH.  That means in areas with more basic or alkaline soil, like most of Galveston, what Manganese exists is not in a form that the palms can soak up. 
Why Manganese?
Palms have different nutrient requirements from most other landscape plants.  We think of fertilizers as containing Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P), and Potassium (K).  However palms fertilizer has several other ingredients that may only be needed in minor amounts by other plants but are important nutrients for palms.  This includes Boron, Magnesium, and, importantly for this article and our queen palms, Manganese.  Palm fertilizer, both in granular form and in the fertilizer spikes that we sell, is specially formulated to contain all that a palm tree could need.  However, if you haven't fertilized your palms recently, or ever, they may develop certain deficiencies and need specific treatment, like Manganese fertilizer spikes to correct "frizzletop".  It may take a couple of rounds of new growth to completely erase the damage done by Manganese deficiency, but it is easy treatable and the palms should recover without problems. 


Spending time outdoors with family this holiday?
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Outdoor Dining
42" sq  Bar Table and Chairs
Come sit and feel the difference in comfort!
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Christmas Cards
Driftwood Shell Cross
Tabletop Trees

Custom Decor
swags, wreaths & tabletop 

Platinum and Rose Gold Elegance
Whispering and Deep Blue Sea
Red Velvet Fantasy

Under the Sea

Gift Ideas

Our popular

Sea Salt Soap and Lotion

Great gift sets and stocking stuffers!

Our Outdoor
Art Poles
Bird Houses
Bird Baths
make a great Christmas Gift

Tools, Tubs, Kneelo Pads and Gloves!

Santa Paws

Bring your pets, children, & grandchildren for a photo with Santa
We even had a hawk and a pygmy goat last year!

Location:  Tom's Thumb Nursery
When:   Saturday, December 10
Time:  11am - 3pm
Cost:  $10 per print

All proceeds benefit the 
Galveston Island Humane Society
Need a good book for the holiday?


The Rosenberg Library Book Shop

has holiday books and some new or gently used books 

for gifts this holiday season.

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and join the conversation on Social Media. 

Peggy Cornelius, owner
Tom's Thumb Nursery & Landscaping     
                "HAPPY HOLIDAYS"
Peggy Cornelius | Tom's Thumb Nursery & Landscaping  | 409-763-4713
2014 - 45th Street  Galveston, Texas 77550 |