Sunday, 28 December 2014

Merry Xmas

Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year to all my readers!

Xmas in London has been bright and sunny, and although cold I have been trying to burn off the Xmas cake calories with some gardening. This would be going ok if I then didn’t eat more when I came back in; however that is the Xmas way.

I am lucky to have struck gold with a few presents this year. Firstly I am now feeling like a proper professional with as I have been given some non pound shop secateurs complete with a belt holder. Gone will be the days of loosing secateurs only to find them a year later rusted on the bottom of the compost heap.

Then I have had some great books which I look forward to sitting in my cold summerhouse to read. Firstly 'In the Shadow of Angkor' the reprint of a 1913 book describing (in English) many of the temples of Angkor for the first atmospheric jungle escape 
Secondly 'Paradise by Design'. portrayals of tropical resorts and residences in Thailand and Bali. Beautiful places and plants which is making me dream of escapes.... 
So I hope that you have been good and got the presents that you wanted too!
Finally just to bring things back to reality some pictures of the garden on Christmas day



  1. Glad to hear you had a wonderful Christmas and wishing you a fab New Year ahead!

    1. thanks! your blog is still as fabulous as always

  2. Merry Christmas to you too and Happy New Year!
    I notice your Cobea is still going strong, mine only flowered in the second year and that it survived is due to mild weather. So, wondering how old is yours and how long do you reckon you can keep them going for? Mine started in a pot, but I knocked out the bottom to let it go free and for added protection of its roots come the really cold weather.
    Thanks for a great year of gardening tips and fun - roll on 2015.

    1. Thanks... all the Cobeas are now 2 years old. Sometimes I find they can be hit and miss in their first year as when they are happy they romp away, but when something isn't right they can sulk. Fingers crossed they survive into 2015!

  3. Thankful for your great Christmas!!!