December Gardening Tips

I am sure there is a scientific reason why the years seem to go by faster and faster the older I become, but such I shall leave such calculations to the astrophysicists. For us gardeners crisp sunny December days outside are a bonus, but it is probably time to turn our thoughts to the inside of our homes. At this time of year, when it is so dark by the time I get back in the evenings, I like to bring something living inside the house (and I don’t just mean my malodorous hound). This is the perfect time to enjoy some flowering houseplants; 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 and then of course the main event has to be the Christmas tree.

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I wouldn’t be without a real Christmas tree in the house at this time of year. It is tactile, scented and colourful. We go for a Nordmann fir because of 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.

It just remains for me to wish you a heartfelt Happy Christmas and all good things for 2017