5 ideas for your Christmas tree in January

Come January, one by one, our once pride of place Christmas trees will be left out in the cold to await their fate. This sorry sight of branches spiking from wheelie bins will soon be a thing of the past if we all choose to follow one of these 5 ideas.
Around 6 million Christmas trees are sold in the UK each year, and the Local Government Association estimates that the …Read More

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Happy Christmas Everyone from Bakker Spalding

Just a few days to go and here’s hoping that everyone wherever you are have a lovey Christmas. My tree is decked – the Santas are back on the fireplace and I’m almost ready. My Grandchildren are growing up and the festivities take on a slightly different aspect – where once it was up at the crack of dawn, it’s now a more reasonable hour that the festivities begin – …Read More


A long wait for a kiss

Funny, isn’t it, how some plants overwhelm you with their abundance of growth, while others are so slow they make you wonder whether they’re still alive.

My home-grown mistletoe is a case in point. Back in January, I gleefully ‘sowed’ lots of mistletoe berries all over my apple trees, squishing their disgusting slime into almost every crevice I could find.

It was not one of my most resounding successes, to …Read More

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Know your Christmas blooms!

Interesting facts about our two favourite Christmas beauties

Poinsettias are the UK’s number one Christmas plant, with the most being bought during the six weeks prior to the 25th of December each year.


Amaryllis, means “to sparkle” in Greek.


The coloured parts of Poinsettias are not actually flowers, but bracts (modified leaves).


Amaryllis are considered an easy to grow bulb and can last for many years, if well cared for.


Aztecs used Poinsettias for many …Read More

10 things you (probably) didn’t know about… holly

There’s more to ivy’s festive counterpart than first meets the eye…

Holly is one of just three native trees to keep its green leaves in winter (Scots pine and yew being the other two) – so it is steeped in ancient myth and legend.

Holly was often allowed to grow taller than other trees in hedgerows – to give farmers a line of sight during winter ploughing (the more fanciful …Read More

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Grow your own…mistletoe

Mistletoe is a strange and mysterious plant. Growing high off the ground with no roots and remaining stubbornly green throughout the whole winter, its white berries shine out against a backdrop of sombre greys and browns. No wonder it had such an effect on our ancestors, giving rise to an abundance of myth and legend. It’s one of the few plants whose folklore nearly everyone knows – a kiss under …Read More


Christmas made easy.

We have looked at the trials and tribulations of the Poinsettia recently and all that is needed to keep one happy and most importantly alive! This blog looks at the easier options for Christmas house plants. One of my favourites is the Cyclamen which we will get on too shortly, as first off we will go to the easy-peasy, look after it with your eyes closed, Christmas Cactus!
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Merry Christmas to one and all

Like many homes around the United Kingdom, Christmas, is an extremely special time of year in our house. I love it all… The cheesy songs, the festive jumpers, an old nut cracker you use just once a year, the list could go on and on.

I do like to keep the decorations fairly natural and timeless. A pretty wreath on the front door, a real Christmas tree (preferably one that doesn’t …Read More


Giving the gift of life

I know I’m biased, but what better Christmas present for a loved one than a plant? And what better kind of plant to buy than a houseplant, bringing a taste of tropical summer to the very darkest days of the year.

Houseplants have moved on light years from just being the odd dusty rubber plant in the corner. There are houseplants specially selected to purify the air in your home, houseplants …Read More