With teen green James Callicott
’VE moved house! I now live in a small house with two of my work colleagues within walking distance from where I used to live. As you would expect there have been long deep and meaningful discussions (arguments) about everything from where the butter should be stored to are slippers classed as shoes and even what way round the toilet paper should go.
Four weeks in and everyone is starting to work out how we all work. The other two now know not to touch my coffee (under any circumstance) or come in the kitchen when I cook. Things are going well and although we may have hit a few problems Rob has definitely settled into his position as e keeper. ne area where there has been arguments is the Christmas ecorations. I may have been old off for making jokes about eating our resident Guinea pigs and leaving a rabbit in the fridge or dinner this week but when it omes to the festive season I nk that we are all agreed: ger is best. s remarkable when you think t it, the influence that horticulture has had on Christmas, it really is.
Within 30 seconds of decorations being mentioned out came the Christmas songs with lyrics about ‘Holly and Ivy’ and Christmas trees and mistletoe. The relationship between the natural world and Christmas traditions is one that really excites me.
When we first moved in, I took the hedge trimmer to almost every tree and shrub in the garden in an hour of destructive bliss. It was good fun and made such a difference. I say almost every shrub but I left those that we can bring into the house for Christmas.
As gardeners its very tempting to cut and throw thinking that we don’t need what we prune off yet lots of your flora and flauna can be used at