With teen green James Cal­li­cott

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - GREEN SPACES -

’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

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