I think Santa Claus will need a James Bond style sled tonight – one which converts into an amphibious vehicle to cope with all this rain and flooding. The weather is proving to be most unseasonable, but the mince pies are baked and the house smells deliciously of cinnamon, cloves, star anise and ginger from the spiced biscuits and braised red cabbage. The presents are all wrapped and spilling out from under the tree and the first round in the Welly household Christmas board game challenge has commenced.
I’m just about to mull some cider and settle down with my seed catalogues and start the agonising process of deciding what I want to grow next year, followed by the slightly tortuous stage of working out what I can actually fit into my growing space. Still, it’s fun poring over all those glorious images and dreaming of summer. And if I start now I might be ready to put in my orders at some point in January.
Whatever Christmas means to you and however you choose to celebrate I wish you a happy, peaceful time, and for those of us in the northern hemisphere there’s the knowledge that spring is creeping ever closer.
Happy Christmas / Nadolig Llawen!
My seed tin is also poised, just waiting for the festive fuss to subside…
We’ve started on the cheese and port so it must be Xmas. You’ve reminded me I must choose my tomato and chilli seeds for next year.. i only just put the propagator away! i thought or you today when I noticed our new neighbour has been foraging in their derelict garden they never use, and draped some of the ivy (rampantly overgrowing it) in a wreath shape on their front door! I think she needs your book!
Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread said:
Merry Christmas to you and yours. My mother loved mince pie, but I haven’t had any in years. It is rainy, gray, gloomy, and foggy here in New England, no snow here and the temps are in the 60’s. Strange weather we are all having. Happy seed shopping in between your festivities. 🎄
Thanks, and to you too. xx
Happy Christmas – mulled cider and seed catalogues sounds the perfect combination to me – though you may end up ordering a few more packets than you have room for!
Ah yes, I always find “What I want to grow” is vastly different to “What I can actually fit in”. Looking at seed catalogues is the nicest of winter jobs though isn’t it. I hope you and yours have a really wonderful Christmas. CJ xx
Merry Christmas. Great shot of the candle. 😉
rusty duck said:
Merry Christmas. I’m with you on Spring!
Thanks for the blog. Wishing you all the best from Australia!
Merry Christmas Louise! Here in southern Tasmania we’re sitting on the couch snoozing off Christmas lunch under the air conditioner while it swelters outside with 35 degrees, windy and sunny. Pretty rotten weather for the garden really.
Once it cools down a bit, I’ll get the hose out and water the pot plants. The dogs have already copped a hosing down.
Wish you and Wellyman a happy and peaceful Christmas and all the best for the New Year!
I haven’t even started thinking about growing things next year – shame on me, better get myself a little more motivated. Have a lovely (hopefully rain-free) day – blessings
Joanne Glass said:
Hello Wellywoman, I also found a very large black fungus that I am quite certain is the same species that you show toward the bottom of one of your posts. Looks like black, shiny dung, but grows up on a very stocky stem. Large folds for gills. It seems to fold back on itself and tips over as it ages. I am trying to identify it. Any ideas? Happy to send a pic via email.
Merry Cristmas to you! Sounds lovely and festive in your household! And nice to start thinking about Spring – this unseasonal weather is quite depressing!
Merry Christmas, Louise! I’m also looking forward to fun hours of studying seed catalogues… and dreaming garden dreams! My Midwest perennial and herb gardens have been expanding, little by little, over the years. I am hoping to slowly downsize the gardens a bit in 2016, so that I will be able to manage them for years to come. So, there is much to think about over the winter months. Christmas blessings! ♡
Hope you’ve had a relaxing Christmas Louise, its finally stopped raining here. Enjoy going through your catalogues. Such fun planning the gardening year ahead.
Happy new year to you !
Your christmas eve sounded superb ! I am , like you, just beginning the delicious job of choosing which seeds to grow ! It may take some time !
I hope that Santa found his way to you safely. Have fun with those seed catalogues!