Sharing a bit of Christmas cheer, not everyone sees Christmas this way and it can be a difficult time for some people to face for many reasons. All I can say is we have all year to spend with the people we love and want to be around why do we need to force people into a confined space that don’t want to be together and why are there so many people not with the people they actually want to be with on Christmas day?
Anyway as hard as it is, I have three beautiful kids and we will do our best to be festive. Our traditional Christmas tree is a little quirky and gave the kids a laugh for the first time last year to do something completely different and start a new tradition together. I was doing it tough and didn’t have a tree so I borrowed and old antique wooden ladder complete with a step being held together with duct tape and turned it into an amazing Christmas ladder. It’s the little things that count and just being together makes it special with the ones we love including the furr babies.
If you’re thinking plants I have some Christmas ideas, now is a great time to revamp your outdoor areas with hanging baskets filled with Petunias in red and white blooms for the hot spots and red and white impatiens for the shady spots, lots of flowers and lots of colour. In the garden there is always a place for the NSW Christmas Bush, Ceratopetalum gummiferum. It’s gorgeous and in full bloom now. This is an evergreen large shrub growing to 4-5 meters but very easy to shape and keep trimmed at a smaller size. It’s tough and hardy built for the northern hemispheres dry conditions. It looks spectacular in the garden and it’s great for picking the floral bracts to bring inside and use for flower arranging. This is one of our Australian beauties as the flowers are actually white and as they are pollinated the flowers drop away to reveal the sepals underneath the flowers which turn red and create a magic Christmas display, looks like flowers but they are not. Australian natives never cease to surprise me with their amazing unique qualities.
Berry delightful are the raspberries at the moment and nothing says Christmas season like being able to pick your own berries! Raspberries are easy to grow and just need some pruning and shaping in the winter to encourage long lengthy branches which can be tied to fencing or rose hoops for ease of picking fruit. Training them to be the shape and size you want is the key and not disturbing the roots is another key as they will sprout from the roots in the ground when disturbed and can get out of control. Anything with thorns can end up being a curse later on if you don’t maintain its growth. But on the upside they are tough and hardy and don’t mind a little bit of afternoon shelter in the hot months. Pick fruit daily to encourage more fruit to develop and feed them in spring with organic fertilizers like Dynamic lifter, cow manure and fresh compost. Try the new yellow species of golden raspberries to mix it up. Doesn’t a bit of raspberry ice-cream sound festive to you!
Merry festive season!