I just love getting ready for Christmas.
This week we put up the tree and decorations and I’ve started to feel really festive. Rosie’s been sniffing around the tree looking for her present. She’s already had her Millingtons edible Christmas card, which she absolutely loved!
I’m really looking forward to the superb Today’s Special Value offer on our Bird Food on Christmas Eve; it’s a great price and it includes a bonus pack of winter warmer suet pellets – high energy bird feed. In the run up to Christmas, there can be so much to do but please try to find the time to keep the bird feeders topped up. If you need some more feed, this TSV is ideal and what’s more, for every pack sold on immediate delivery, we’re giving £1 to the Greenfingers Charity to help them build much-needed gardens at children’s hospices.
As for plants this festive season, just after last Saturday’s show one of the back stage team told me of the disasters she’d had previously with her Christmas houseplants (they’d died within days!) and asked me how she could keep them flowering for longer. So for Vanessa and everyone who struggles keeping them going, here are my top tips for those festive favourites:
Poinsettias – the perfect plant for warm sitting rooms. Put them in a light position, out of chilly draughts. Don’t over-water them – it’s best to let the compost dry out a little before you water them again. With a bit of care, poinsettias can keep their colour until Easter.
Cyclamen – hate the heat so keep them in a cool place, like a bedroom, hall or porch. They prefer to be in a light spot and to be kept slightly moist, so water them regularly. If they’re happy, cyclamen will flower for months.
Azaleas – fantastic on the kitchen windowsill. They’ll do well in other rooms too, but the warmer it is, the faster they’ll finish flowering. The key to success is watering- plunge the pot in the sink for a few minutes every day. Kept well watered, they can last until Valentine’s Day!
To illustrate my festive blog, I’ve photographed a Christmas card that I’ve just received. Isn’t it fun?!
Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,