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December 2010

Harvest for Christmas 2010

I've had an extended holiday the last few weeks. Lots of snow and ice have meant that I couldn't garden, - Catching a very rare cold from being inside too much didn't help, and my son was poorly too, so all in all, by the time it got to Christmas, i'd already had time off, and was ready to relax and eat too much.

Luckily my hard work earlier in the year had paid off, and although i've ignored my greenhouse for most of this month I still had a wonderful harvest of salad leaves on Christmas day


From the bottom (clockwise) - Red mustard, Mizuna, red veined sorrel, Coriander confetti, Chervil, Rocket.

I had hoped to add russian Kale leaves to the collection, but they were a bit covered up.


Likewise the spinach, cavelo nero and chard, and the Pigeons didn't like the idea of us having home grown calabrese for christmas dinner


But I did make the stuffing from homegrown Sage, and used Rosemary and thyme in the trivet for cooking the Turkey (a la Jamie Oliver's instructions).

Must try for Brussel sprouts next year....


Winter colour in the garden

after more than 2 weeks of frozen ground and snow that is still lieing in flower beds, is there any colour left in the garden?.

Well ok, the colour isn't as bold or bright as it is in May or September, but there is plenty to brighten up the cold grey, so if there's nothing outside in your space, these may be things to add for the coming years.

Bergenia was one of the plants on my first ever plant identification list at college. They are great for ground cover, and will be fine in some shade. As you can see they have great colour on the underneath of their leaves.

I love all the Dogwoods (I think Cornus Alba Elegantisima was on that first ident list as well), but these dark stems on Cornus Kesselringii are now ones that I use frequently along with the brighter shades of Cornus Midwinter fire. Both types colour up best when they've had some really cold weather.

If you've got room for a small tree, then the birches will really shine in the winter. This one is Betula Sauwala White.

and although Conifers get a bad press because they are often planted in the wrong (too small) space. There are some fantastic small conifers that give fantastic winter colour. - Unfortunately I didn't write down the name of this one, anyone know which it is?


i'm off to see if the ground has defrosted enough for me to do any gardening.