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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Tidbits to Kick off December

Tidbits to kick off December – the last month of the calendar year! Need something to calm you down? Start with flowers. Here’s an ideal Lavender variety to add to your plant collection.The Lavandula‘Blue Cushion' offers a tight mounding habit and extended flowering period, which makes this Blooms of Bressingham® plant a perfect choice for your garden, especially if you are a Lavender lover.

December is a grand time to start dreaming up your flower ideas and design thoughts. Waiting till spring can leave you scrambling for inspiration so write them in your garden journal during these colder months. Okay, so if that 25-day countdown makes it nearly impossible to breathe in the calming thoughts of planting Lavender, here’s a nifty link for a few thoughts on garden lovers’ stocking stuffers.  I’m expecting a copy any day of ‘The Heirloom Life Gardener’ for review. With a teaser tag line of ‘Growing your own food easily and naturally,’ I’m game. The word ‘easy’ usually grabs me.

But often the month of December isn’t easy. So make a special effort to decorate your home with all that nature provides us. Look in the woods, your backyard but stay away from toxic anything with small children and pets. Include some Lavender into your home to exude calmness. We all need it at this time of the year.

What December tidbits would you like to share? I really want to hear. So please post what makes your holidays magical and joyous or ask plant or design questions that aren’t quite clear. It’s all about making our homes, hearts and gardens better, especially as we ring in the holiday cheer.

Need a quote for today? Here’s a perfect one from Marie Huston. "The gardening season officially begins on January 1st, and ends on December 31." Spoken like a true gardener! Happy December.

Image from Blooms of Bressingham®

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