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Christmas wreaths

So where have I been these past few weeks I hear you ask? There certainly have been few blog posts to keep you entertained so I must be up to something; what could it be?

The Studio, where Christmas magic occurs

I’ve mentioned elsewhere that my wife is a florist (Florist in the Forest); now ordinarily I have nothing to do with her work other than building her raised beds, constructing elaborate dahlia support structures, pruning the roses, planting, weeding, propagating … not a great deal really.  But at this time of year I like to offer a little extra help where I may and it so happens that I am a dab hand at making Christmas wreaths, even if I do say so myself.

A chillie and cinnamon wreath

The wreath making season begins in earnest at the very start of December and doesn’t really stop until Christmas Eve when we both collapse in an exhausted heap, more than ready for a well deserved break!  If we could we would sleep for a week but then we’d miss out on Christmas dinner, seasonal tipples, and the Doctor Who Cristmas Special!!

A dried whole oranges wreath

When I started making wreaths a few years ago I used to get frustrated at what I felt was my lack of creative ability; now, however, I have no such frustration and enjoy the whole creative process and making each wreath unique and special.

Dried orange slices, holly berries, and cinnamon

I pay tribute to my wife because she works extremely hard and at Christmas I get a little taste of how hard she works the whole year round.

Catching up…or at least trying to!

The past six weeks have been very busy, both in the garden and beyond.  My wife (AKA Florist in the Forest) has had a number of weddings to do for which I have been the delivery boy; we’ve also had a stall at the Penshurst Farmers Market (where we will be again tomorrow morning if you happen to live nearby) selling and promoting my wife’s floristry business and also selling a selection of plants including Verbena bonariensis, scented Pelargoniums, Echinacea, Lavender, Lemon Verbena, and Chocolate Cosmos to name but a few.

Consequently the garden has been abandoned to the gods who have variously battered it with torrential downpours, blown it all over the place with ferocious winds, or scorched and baked it with blistering sun.  Despite this, things are not looking to bad and there is plenty in bloom.  My particular favourite at the moment is Helenium ‘Moerheim Beauty’:

Helenium 'Moerheim Beauty'

Most of the roses are also enjoying a vigorous second flush of flowering, ‘Iceberg’ adding  crisp, clean quality to the garden and ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’ a wonderfully rich fragrance:

Rosa 'A Whiter Shade of Pale'

Rosa 'Iceberg'

Not all the roses are fairing so well, however, and this is entirely my fault as this year I have neglected the pot roses and it is really showing:

Signs of neglect

Last year they were fed and watered on a weekly basis but this year I just haven’t seem to have had the time to be so regimented.

The veg garden is starting to get to that point where we are on the cusp of harvesting: borlotti beans are fattening in their speckled pods, runner beans are increasing in number and size, the tomato plants are a mass of fruit which just need to ripen and some of the potatoes are ready for lifting.

A tunnel full of toms

A tunnel full of toms

Can't see the wood for the beans

Rasperries have been and gone but we do have plenty of blackberries which have ripened earlier than we are normally used to.

Berries galore

On top of all that that there has been plenty of action in the ‘nursery’ area of the garden, pricking out biennial seedlings, potting on more established plants and making sure that the pots are not drying out in the heat.  Add to that ordering seeds for next year and planning sowing for the August and September and we have plenty to keep us on our toes.

All in all then life has been pretty hectic and will probably be so for a few more weeks to come.

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