Welcome to the English Garden newsletter
Christmas will soon be here - almost too quickly - so if you are looking for some ideas as to what to give a gardening friend or neighbour then check out
http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art38175.asp for my Top Ten Gifts
Remember if you are really stuck then many companies sell garden gift vouchers allowing the recipent to get two presents - once when they get the voucher and another when it actually comes to spending it!
Now is a good time to pot up some of your herbs and bring them inside for holiday cooking - mint or parsley are a good choice.(But don't put them near a radiator, a place on the windowsill of a cool room that receives sunshine for half a day would be best.)
There are three shrubs in my garden that are just starting to bloom - Mahonia japonica with its lovely scent and delicate lemon yellow flowers.It is easy to grow and prefers a sunny spot with well drained soil.
The next is Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Dawn’ which has scented pink flowers on its bare stems and thirdly a shrubby honeysuckle - Lonicera x purpusii ‘Winter Beauty’. This has creamy/white small flowers that have a lemony scent and smell gorgeous. Try putting a few stems in a vase - they will fill the room with a strong natural fragrance!
A climber on my trellis - Jasminum nudiflorum (Winter Jasmine) is just about to break into flower. It has beautiful yellow flowers along leafless green branches and is another lovely scented plant.
This year I have lots of berries on my holly trees and the hawthorn bushes. The evergreen Pyracantha -Firethorn is covered with orange berries and the old fashioned roses still have their bright red hips.
Here's the latest article from the English Garden site at BellaOnline.com.
Royal Gardeners-Book review
Written by Alan Titchmarsh this is a history of Britain´s Royal Gardens with lots of stunning photographs.
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