December Gardening Tips
As I write it is wet and gloomy outside, rather than deep and crisp and even, but Christmas is just around the corner and fresh Christmas trees are on their way from Scotland, where they are grown, to our centres…
I choose a real tree for our home because it is great to bring a little bit of the outdoors inside at this time of year. We go for a Nordmann fir due to the reduced needle drop. Remember to cut a little piece from the bottom of the stem before you bring it into the house, as you would with cut flowers, and place it in a stand that holds water. Keep it away from radiators and other sources of heat and top up the water regularly. That way needle drop is minimised and your tree will look fantastic throughout the festive season.
This is the perfect time to enjoy some houseplants, either for yourself or as a gift. Look out for foliage plants, which are right on trend at the moment. I still like a few colourful flowering plants around the place though. Choose bright Azaleas or Cyclamen for a cooler spot or a seasonal Poinsettia for a warm living room – technically the red bracts are modified leaves rather than flowers but enjoyable none the less. For scent consider a Jasmine or Stephanotis or a bowl or basket of hyacinths.
Above all, I wish you very happy Christmas and a peaceful 2020.