December in the Garden Smallholding

We’ve had some strange weather and seasons this year, I’ve usually cut the autumn raspberry canes down by now but they’re still fruiting, the summer canes are only just starting to lose their leaves. The rhubarb didn’t really die back properly and doesn’t seem to know what it wants to do either. Snow threatened to land last week but thankfully it came to nothing. I do like snow, I think most people do until the initial excitement and awe of it disappears, the novelty soon wears thin with me anyway. Around this time last year I remember trying to find my vegetable garden which was buried under several inches of cruel snow, at the moment I’m able to visit it whenever I feel the need to ponder or escape for some peace and quiet. Prodding at the soil and making plans in my mind for the coming growing season keeps me sane this time of year, it’s a need, an urge and I just have to be able to do it. There’s plenty of Gladiator parsnips left to pull, I will enjoy some roasted with rosemary sprigs tomorrow with my Christmas dinner. 

Wild birds are enjoying the food that I’m leaving out for them, they’ve already pecked their way through the dying sunflower heads of summer. I love watching the different types of garden birds that visit, it can be quite therapeutic as well as educational. A territorial robin has been amusing me this week, his antics certainly make washing up seem like less of a chore! Holly berries are also being devoured, it’s such a huge tree now that I don’t feel guilty about taking a few branches inside, along with Ivy for decoration.

Wishing all readers a lovely Christmas, many thanks for the visits to my blog and comments that you took the time to leave for me. I read each and every one of them, it’s nice to know that my little corner of blog land is being visited and enjoyed.

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4 comments

  1. it is very strange weather here in Wales too. So mild and only 2 light frosts so far. I picked some flowers for the table tomorrow. I can’t imagine there will be many years where I can pick heleniums, achilleas, salvias and winter flowering honeysuckle at the same time. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas, Wellywoman.

  2. Happy Christmas Karen, I wanted to pop and and say hi and wish you the best for the holidays and the coming year. I read that you won a photo competition too! Well done, I’ve always been impressed when reading your blog – long may it continue. I don’t always comment, but I do pop in from time to time. Take care and have a good year!

    Stiggy

  3. Thank you everyone, I hope you’re having a great Christmas x
    Lovely to hear from you Stiggy, all the best for 2012!

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