Well we have not been allowed to go to anywhere remotely tropical in many months. Interestingly (not sure if there is a connection) I have been asked how to create a tropical feel in the garden. Obviously many tropical plants do not like our climate so need winter protection but there are many that look the part and are totally hardy.
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At the time of writing this (when the country has just gone into lockdown again) I am watching a flock of birds strip the berries on my holly. It’s as though they have left them for me over Christmas and then started feasting in the new year. The same thing happens every January and they are having such a wonderful time!!
It’s not as catchy as ‘Plant a tree in ‘73’ and I remember that very well as a child and how important it was to my family. The trees are huge now and it is more important today than ever to think about the future of our planet. I’m focusing mainly on native trees and how we can incorporate them into our gardens.
Hellebores are a delight in the garden from Christmas through to Easter. The Christmas rose is well known for it’s beautiful white flowers in the depths of winter but there are many more and with a little knowledge of their requirements everyone can give a Hellebore a home.