Month: November 2014

Christmas trees. The Decision…

It’s nearly December. The John Lewis advert has been on and everyone has shed a slight tear. Anything and everything gets over commercialised and the true meaning of Christmas is overdressed with buy this and buy that marketing from various companies cashing in on the season. Oh and then there is the Christmas tree. Real or fake? The family debate rocks up every year on what type to have. Children shouting I want that one whilst their parents eyes avoid the tag price. From previously working with Real Christmas trees for over five years, I’ve seen it all. Theft, arguing and tree mix ups. The delivery of 1000s of trees, the broken pallets, the un-netting, the grading, individual pricing. The customer determined to fit a four inch stump into a three inch stand. All this in a six week period. Joy! Well, with my experience in working with real trees I hope this information helps you out when thinking about buying yours. Question 1: It’s a Christmas tree. It doesn’t mater what type, it’s a …

The Naked Gardener- fundraising for Perennial

Plants are generally deciduous or evergreen. Those which hold onto their leaves are the latter and if I was a plant I would take on this characteristic. Well, I strayed slightly this autumn when I decided to to join the deciduous club, colour up, loose my leaves and bare my skeleton for the public, well for Perennial- The Gardeners’ Royal Benevolent Society. Roll back a good few months say June, and an early Sunday morning. Michael Perry (Thompson and Morgan) sent a message via social media asking if I would be up for joining fellow horticulturists (grubby gardeners) in getting my kit off for charity and doing a calendar. My initial response was yes! I was half asleep, it was a Sunday morning and I don’t really do mornings. Most of us gardeners hate getting up early anyway! A few weeks passed with the constant inner conscious talking ‘Rocky what have you done?’ ‘You’ve nothing to show’ ‘You don’t know hardly any of them’ Oh well I signed up and there’s no going back. I …