Here’s an Advent Calendar update for 5th, 6th and 7th December:
Snowdrops – my favourite flowers, just lurking below the surface and ready to cheer us in the New Year.
Hellebore – also for cheering in the dark days of January
Bird Christmas Tree – this is a long story but I’ve blogged about it before: here Happy Christmas and here and also here Bird tree again . Basically it is an old abandoned Christmas tree which I’ve decorated with bird food and festive greenery for the last couple of years. The big question is what to do with it this year. There has been a certain amount of pressure in the household to abandon it on the grounds that it fails the William Morris test – ‘Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful’. Sadly it isn’t useful any more as I’ve had to stop feeding the birds. The combination of a young, agile cat and some pesky rodents means that I am unwilling to put food out. You might think that the cat would deal with the rodents and she does, up to a point, but she is also partial to a baby blue tit or two – so the bird feeding has had to stop for the moment. Also, if you read back to my previous blogs on the subject, the bird food seemed to be being eaten by something much bigger – possibly a fox. So, one way or another, not useful.
There is a view in the household that the bird tree also fails the ‘believe to be beautiful’ test. But I have two defences against this 1) beauty is in the eye of the beholder and 2) it doesn’t go in the house. The great William Morris didn’t say anything about gardens.
So, it supports the sweet peas in the summer and here it is in its glory days as a bird tree
Soon I’ll be out there with the winter greenery and the festive berries, decorating this old discarded Christmas tree for another year.