Time for a (Festive) Rest


I was anticipating finding an hour two earlier in the week to get a few things done in the garden before we headed up to my Mum’s for Christmas – some seedlings rather belatedly pricked out, some compost dug in, wisteria winter-pruned, that sort of thing. Alas no, with visitors and visiting, baking and packing, garden time was limited to rambles alone, and the scaffolding the Golfer erected to cut the uppermost parts of the no longer productive plum tree down remains unclimbed. Various dead ‘stuff’ in borders, of no use to mice nor man nor any other creature for that matter, demands to be removed but remains uncut, and a strong urge to prune all the climbing roses remains unfulfilled. The new crab apple, Malus ‘Evereste’, still stands in its pot, unplanted,  awaiting the removal of the magnolia which it is destined to replace.

All these will have to wait – and despite that touch of sadness at leaving the garden and all its promise of early snowdrops, witch hazels and hellebores as well as the undone tasks I have come to realise and accept that a rest is perhaps quite a good idea after all. Experiencing the novelty of reading an e-book for the first time on yesterday’s train journey further reinforced this notion, although more e-books may need to be purchased! I hope you will all join me in having a happy and restful festive period (with or without e-books!): my very best wishes to you all.

In the meantime, at home the uncut magnolia is carrying out a seasonal task for the last time, a purpose for which it will be much missed…


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17 Responses to Time for a (Festive) Rest

  1. Sam says:

    Have a very happy and restful Christmas Cathy. x

  2. Brian Skeys says:

    Happy Christmas Cathy, you will return reinvigorated for the tasks ahead!

  3. Noelle says:

    Enjoy your Family Festivities, rest and some down time. Very Best wishes for good gardening in the New Year. Noelle x

  4. Chloris says:

    A very happy Christmas to you and the Golfer, dear Cathy. Enjoy your rest.
    Love from Chloris and the Pianist. x

  5. Jackie says:

    I know how you feel about that Magnolia, I am missing an over tall pine tree this year, best wishes to you and yours and when all the festivities are over, we can creep back into the garden and fulfill those pruning urges, such fun! Merry Christmas.

  6. Anna says:

    It will all keep for your return Cathy and maybe the weather might be more favourable for gardening activities by then. Enjoy your rest and Seasons’s Greetings to you and the Golfer! xxx

  7. Enjoy that holiday rest…it is almost 70 here and sunny and I had to let go of my desire to weed…snowdrops and witch hazel blooming too along with a few other things…but very wet. Safe travels and enjoy your holiday respite! Merry Christmas to you and yours Cathy!

  8. Cathy says:

    Yes, time for a break Cathy – you deserve it after all the gardening jobs you have been tackling recently. I am also looking forward to doing some reading in the next week or so as well. Have a relaxing and enjoyable Christmas!

  9. susurrus says:

    Wishing you a wonderful, peaceful Christmas – the garden chores can wait!

  10. sultanabun says:

    Happy Christmas, enjoy the rest!

  11. rusty duck says:

    Have a well deserved break.
    Happy Christmas x

  12. homeslip says:

    The garden will be waiting for you on your return. Have a very merry Christmas Cathy.

  13. johnvic8 says:

    We do hope you are having a blessed Cristmas with your family. I’m glad to hear that you are into ebooks now. Perhaps you can add my ebook, Guess What’s in my Garden, to your list. It is available for download for ridicularly modest sum. We look forward to the New Year, particularly on Mondays.

    • Cathy says:

      How could I ignore your suggestion John?! Your book has been duly downloaded and dipped into – lots of enjoyable writing to read so thank you for alerting me to it.

  14. pbmgarden says:

    Enjoy your time away. Merry Christmas.

  15. Pauline says:

    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your Mum, we have just got back from visiting our children and grandchildren. Wishing you a wonderful gardening year for 2016!

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you Pauline – and we saw ‘children’ and grandchildren just before we went up to my Mum’s 🙂 Happy gardening and good health for the coming year for you too ps sadly still no emails from your website…

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