Winter Warmers

Just like some people there are lots of plants that don’t like the cold harsh Winters.  Some tend to die back underground in the depths of  it all and reappear in Springtime.  There are others who have less chance to  survive that way, so to keep them going I have acquired  for them a special house of their own and placed it in the garden in a spot that will get any winter sun that happens to be about.  Endlesss pots of  geraniums and mint are amongst those who have sought refuge as well as various pots of bulbs that have been under squirrel attack.

mini greenhouse

The mini greenhouse also has a top that opens up separately which will be ideal for starting off seedlings for next year.  It will help keep the seedlings free from any late spring frosts that can sometimes unexpectedly appear and sabotage young seedlings. mmmmmmmmmmm cosy!

It’s also time for the lemon tree to come inside as the risk of freezing night temperatures become more of a reality.  The tree has now grown so big and it could not be housed by the mini greenhouse – so I brought it inside to the conservatory for winter protection.

The lemon tree won't survive    freezing temperatures so safer to take it inside as the temperatures plumet
The lemon tree won’t survive freezing temperatures so safer to take it inside as the temperatures plummet

Meanwhile in the garden……………………..

The pretty heathers are still sweetly blooming, and the joy of all joys, the hellebore , is just beginning it’s flowering season and popping out generous numbers of beautiful white blooms.  Last Springs primroses are also “having a go” at adding some winter colour alongst the landscape.

winter blooming hellebore raises it's head
winter blooming hellebore raises it’s head – hellebore rules!
White heather in an old terracotta pot sets the perfect winter scene on the patio
White heather in an old terracotta pot sets the perfect winter scene on the patio
Succumbing to the festive season surge I purchased some giant baubles at Petersham Nurseries the other day
Succumbing to the festive season surge I purchased some giant baubles at Petersham Nurseries the other day

heather and baubles2

The lantern with star cut out casts a starry night over the mirrored table once it turns to dusk.  Anything with stars equals christmas in my book!
Also I could not resist the lantern with star cut outs which casts a starry night over the glass topped table once it turns to dusk. Anything with stars equals Christmas in my book!

Just back from a trip to Ireland and judging by what I saw blooming about over there  they seem to be having a pretty mild Winter so far. (or are the plants getting hardier??)  There was a giant fuschia in my mums garden, keeling over with flowers,  blooming like it was mid summer.  It was coupled with the deep red fading heads of a huge hydrangea bush opposite . True poetry in motion. (note to self get some cuttings for my garden when the time is right!).

fuschia in bloom

Fuschia blooming in early December

The blooms were so bright and vivid and the colours were so seasonal it was almost as if the celebration birthday cake (made by me and a friend) which was  topped with pommegranate was specially commissioned to work hand-in hand with the garden.  A beautiful blend and celebration of food and nature befitting a queen!

Smaller of the two celebration cakes made with my master chef friend.  The marscapone, lemon and vanilla frosting was borne as the perfect fusion with pommegranite
Smaller of the two celebration cakes made with my master chef friend for my mums birthday. The marscapone, lemon and vanilla frosting was borne as the perfect fusion with pommegranate
A birthday cake befitting the season
A birthday cake befitting the season

Happy 80th birthday mum

Fuschia
Fuschia

JINGLE BELLS

I have now finally given up on resistance – let the festive season commence

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