Merry Christmas

Gosh, how have we found ourselves here on the Eve of Christmas.  This season has whizzed by in the whirl of excitement, anticipation, joy, busyness, a touch of disappointment – my beans haven’t come up, wind, rain and sunshine.  Time has been spent in the garden, in the kitchen and pounding the streets looking for perfect gifts.  It is a hectic time of year in ordinary circumstances, however, when you throw a large productive garden into the mix, well it just adds a certain kind of drama.

Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas from a sunny garden in New Zealand

So, on my list of things to do today is making a pav, making salads for the main meal, whipping up festive cocktails, greeting guests and pickling gherkins and if all goes well I’d love to be able to weed the corn.

Having said that, the garden is in a good place, and I can lay it down for a while over the festive season – just dashing out to it from time to time to grab something for a fancy salad or dish that will be the star of the table, or just something to snack on when the richness of the holiday food gets too much.

The first jar of gherkins this season – and it certainly won’t be the last!

I did worry I’d never get to this point as the horrible spring weather with its ever-present rain set me back weeks.  But all but a few small plants have found their way into the garden and are growing in a way that has me bursting with pride.  You can check it out here:

So, all that is left to do is sit back and enjoy Christmas that I have spent so long preparing for.

Merry Christmas and God Bless you all.

Come again soon – I’m sure there will be more gherkins than I know what to do with in 2017.

Sarah the Gardener  : o)


13 thoughts on “Merry Christmas

  1. Just thought you’d like to know you have a new fan in my two-year-old! We now hear “watch the garden lady” almost as frequently as “watch Teletubbies” (which is to say, roughly 1.5 million vs 1.6 million times per day…) Her particular favourite is watching you mow the muddy lawn “superfast”. And of course Fennel is a big hit too.

    As for me, well, I just bought your new book for my Christmas present – maybe 2017 will be my year for not killing everything I bring home from the garden centre…

    Merry Christmas to you and the family!

    1. Hi Jillian. Thanks for your message. How fabulous. All the best with your garden this year, it will be nice to have your little one helping too. Have an amazing 2017. Cheers Sarah : o)

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