Seasons Greetings

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Seasons Greetings from us on a cold and frosty night. It has been another unbelievable week with nearly a foot of snow and more incredibly low temperatures. Very pretty even though  the roads are tricky and we are both recovering from the flu so haven't been out that much to enjoy the weather.


Very difficult to do anything except keeping the fires stoked and feeding the birds. Oh and trying to keep the polytunnels and one greenhouse frost free (easier said than done and exceptionally expensive!!) Fortunately we don't appear to have lost much but we still need to keep some plants watered that are in growth. A long a tiresome task as a all the outside taps are frozen and all watering cans have to be filled and carried from the house.


In just one month's time its amazing to think that seed sowing for 2011 will begin in earnest with sweet peas and early vegetables in particular to be sown by mid January. Most seed has been gathered or ordered and we now eagerly await as always at this time of year delivery of the Chiltern Seeds catelogue. The best read at Christmas/New Year full of exciting dreams to be fulfilled. If you are not familiar with the catelogue go on line to


We hope that we will be as lucky as last winter when most of our border plants came through to give a wonderful display of flowers. There will be some trepidation next spring but we will be keeping everything crossed. We are already receiving group bookings for visits next summer  and have the small matter of another 20 talks to deliver before the winter comes to an end. A nice way to keep in touch with the gardening community. to renew old acquaintances and meet some new friends in gardening.


With very warmest good wishes for the festive season and for a wonderful gardening year in 2011


Keith and Moira