The vaguely green-fingered thoughts of a rambling rose.

Christmas gifts that keep giving

I'm easily pleased.  Vouchers for the garden centre, a subscription to my favourite gardening magazine and a few gardening books make the perfect gifts.  Certainly these are gifts that continue to pleasure long after the wrapping paper has been recycled and the mince pies consumed.

I decided that the patio arch borders needed a little bit of winter glamour as they were looking a tad bleak from the bedroom window, what better way to cash in the vouchers.

We picked up some half price miniature daffs, some velvety purple crocuses and a few pots of snowdrops. TMTC popped them all into gaps in the borders either side of the patio arch to inject some colour.

The remaining clumps of narcissi were planted at the foot of rose Maigold in the front garden, to be appreciated through the front room window.

Staying cosy indoors, some of the orchids are also providing some winter colour

And a newly purchased African Violet.

Winter's not so bleak.

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