12 Days of Christmas

Narcissus bulbocodium

Day 12: Anticipation I have been watching this flower for over a week now with growing excitement. According to the label it is Narcissus fernandesii grown from seed planted in 2014. Each day I monitored its progress, watching as the perianth elongated and slowly started to open. Yesterday I could see the anthers and the… Continue reading 12 Days of Christmas

12 Days of Christmas

pollen beetles on brassica flowers

Day 11: Green Fingers and Fairy Dust I have never lost the sense of wonder and excitement that is generated when I plant seeds. From opening the packet, to placing the seeds in the earth, the gentle application of water and then the growing sense of anticipation as I watch and wait for the seeds… Continue reading 12 Days of Christmas

12 Days of Christmas

Seaweed on Ardivachar beach

Day 10: Gifts from the sea Kelp on Ardivachar Beach If your garden has sandy or clay soil, or you prefer to use organic fertiliser, then the offer of an agricultural trailer full of kelp (about 10 tons) should make you smile like a Cheshire cat. If you are trying seaweed in it's natural state… Continue reading 12 Days of Christmas

12 Days of Christmas

Beetroot Cylibdrica

Day 9: Vegetable Delight My Head Gardener, who is always right, insists that food is the best form of winter fuel. On a cold day there is nothing better than a bowl of hearty vegetable soup, a rich casserole or a tray of roasted root vegetables to restore the inner glow. Winter food needs rich… Continue reading 12 Days of Christmas

12 Days of Christmas

Winter dawn South Uist, Outer Hebrides

Day 8: New Year Dawn Sunrise at the start of a new year, the time when a Hebridean Hogmanay ceilidh is just getting its second wind. This year was different, no music, no dancing, no singing, no first footing and probably fewer sore heads. Although, I suspect a few drams of uisge beatha were consumed… Continue reading 12 Days of Christmas