Wednesday, 25 December 2019

Merry Christmas all !

                        Wishing you all a blessed and peaceful Christmas .

 The weather has been wild , windy and wet here in Mullion. I could hardly stand up while taking this photograph over looking Mullion Cove !
 Today though , on Christmas Day , the sun has shone all day , perfect for all those who stripped off and took their Christmas Day dip in the sea down at Poldhu  .
  No , I was not one of them !  ..... My crazy daughter was one of them !
After Christmas Mass we enjoyed a delicious traditional Christmas dinner and a veggie one for me at my lovely son-in-law and daughter's cosy home and enjoyed watching our grandchildren opening and playing with the toys that Santa brought them , such a delight !
  I hope you have all had a lovely day too .

             On the kitchen windowsill my hyacinth bulb has begun to flower  .
I found the Dancing Angels in a local Oxfam charity shop , I think you are supposed to light a candle in the middle but I haven't done this yet .....and there's the four leaved Clover that I was telling you about , that I put in a little frame .

          The perfume from even just this tiny few opening buds is divine !

Up in my greenhouse my Marlothistella uniondalensis , from the Little Karoo , on the Western Cape of South Africa ....... is smothered in buds !
( Martin if you are looking in , this is the cutting you gave me some years ago , look how it has grown ! )

 I cant wait for this to bloom , it has such pretty purple-pink daisy flowers .

 Now , a few years ago I tried growing some rare seeds from South Africa , I have long lost the label , but every year this one has continued to come up , no flower and then wither away .  For the first time today , on Christmas Day it has put up a stalk with flower buds !  I think it might be a Velthemia , either bracteata or capensis .....I should be able to identify it more positively from the colour of the flowers . I,m  very excited about this !

             I love it's wavy edged leaves !   I will update you on this one .

 Here's the Epiphyllum which should not be flowering now , but normally blooms in May time here in the U.K. , and which might not actually make it ...but I,m thinking positive !

 A few of my Pelargoniums are still flowering , but I am not watering them now and they should be going dormant . I haven't the heart to cut down these flowers , I,m enjoying them so much !

 In the vegetable garden we have been harvesting sprouts and leeks and I noticed this clump of Primroses beginning to flower . You see although the weather has been wild ,wet and windy , and we are all moaning that it's cold , it actually is quite mild here compared to other places around England .

                             My favourite Primulas are blooming too .

     And these ....I cant remember what these are called , but they are lovely .

 After a beautiful sunny Christmas Day , the weather is forecast to turn wild ,wet and windy once again  .  I really would like to have some snow to play in !
  Be prepared ! I,ve put my order in !


  1. So many little Christmas surprises in your garden. I am jealous.
    Have a good Christmastime

  2. Thanks, and for you too.
    Good post and pictures. Unlike you I'd rather not have any snow. xx

  3. How exciting to raise an exotic from seed. I have some clivias growing from seeds that I took from my mature plant and I can’t wait for them to flower.