Sometimes the thought of a white Christmas with snow all around and chestnuts roasting on an open fire which also takes the chill off your rosy cheeks after a day focussed purely on finding the right gifts, having time to do festive baking, building snowmen and doing all the things they sing about in the Christmas carols, sounds wonderful.
The problem is none of the carols sing about pulling weeds and harvesting zucchini, scaring birds from the strawberries and watering, watering and more watering. The whole festive arrangement doesn’t take into consideration that my garden is in the prime of the season and needs constant tender loving care.
My time has to be divided between Christmas and gardening and if a choice had to be made out of necessity then it would be the garden that would have to fall by the wayside for a couple of weeks while I make Christmas happen for my family – because lets face it – without the mums of the world the festive season wouldn’t be anywhere near as festive. Women make Christmas happen.
But if I really had to choose based on personal preference I’d be out there in the dirt pottering about to my hearts content. But alas no. So I climb into my hot stuffy car and head to crowded shopping centres trying to decide on the perfect gifts for the people I love the most.
Don’t get me wrong… I love Christmas. I love the look on the faces of Tim the Helper and the Joeyosaurus when they unwrap their gifts to see what santa has bought them, I love the ham and the salads, with fresh peas and new spuds, pavlova and fresh fruit salad – filled with summer fruit. I love the true meaning of Christmas and the reason for the season – the birth of a wee baby all those years ago that still holds so much meaning this year. Christmas is such a special time.
The garden just has to wait. The thing is it’s not just until boxing day that my garden has to wait – there is the summer holidays as well. Those well earned days relaxing on the beach. Luckily my garden won’t be completely neglected as I have my handy dandy watering system that is easy to use and a wonderful temporary garden guardian who will make sure all my plants stay healthy, in return for as much fresh produce that comes ready on her watch.
So I know for certain that today will last time this year that I’ll be able to give the garden my full attention so I can see some frenzied activity about to commence. In the meantime I want wish everyone a very merry Christmas and awesome new year. Thank you so much for following along with me in my garden. I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have.
Come again soon – 2013 is a whole new gardening year.
Sarah the Gardener : o )