Today is the 25th November, exactly one month till Christmas Day. The weak sun is shining and the sky is blue, but it is only 4 degrees and the wind has a bite to it.
It’s a great morning to be in the garden, as I tend to avoid doing anything outside in drizzle!
My plants arrived on Saturday and it is time to get them in the ground. I have 3 gooseberry bushes (two green and one pink/red), a cranberry bush and 3 crowns of rhubarb.
It is good to be putting new plant life back in the veg beds which have been somewhat abandoned since the last of the courgettes and beans were harvested 6 weeks ago.
As with most plants that arrive bare- root, they aren’t much to look at. The gooseberries are short, and thorny and look a bit pathetic. But, I have high hopes for them! I am excited to think that next year I will be adding new lines to my range from my own garden. Perhaps I am expecting too much too soon from them, but I reckon they might just be up to the job!
How about Gooseberry & Elderflower Jam, Rhubarb, Strawberry & Vanilla Jam and next Christmas’s cranberry jelly? My mouth is watering just writing the names down!
Although I am planning for next years spring and summer harvest I do enjoy the pre- Christmas build up and excitement. It is made all the more special with young children around, and this year Teddy is 1 the week before Christmas, so we have lots to celebrate!