it must be – um…..? The festive fair season is in full swing just now and honestly I hardly know where I am. I love them when I get there and everything’s in place. Usually there are lots of Christmassy things going on – Santa, Carols and brass bands – and everyone gets into the christmas spirit. It’s just the getting there that’s a bit of an issue. I’m on the merry go round and so maybe it’s a senior moment thing, but unless I keep referring to my diary I have no idea where I’m supposed to be or what time I’m supposed to be there! If I’ve tweeted about where I’m going would you mind giving me a quick dig in the ribs to remind me nearer to the date!
Last weekend was St Gemma’s Hospice Christmas market and that’s one of the highlights for me. They work so hard and the hospice gets great support for its work, and this year a rock choir sang on Saturday and my pal Lucy played in the brass band on Friday.
I’m going somewhere new on Thursday this week which presents its own problems! On my way to one fair last week my sat nav decided to take me on a tour of a housing estate until it brought me to a halt at a row of bollards which it clearly hadn’t bargained for. Oh how I regretted not having a road map in the car any more.
There’s nothing worse than arriving late. I end up dashing in and out like a mad thing as the visitors start to arrive. Then of course they might like to buy something, but I’m bound to have forgotten how much the hyacinths are or where I’ve hidden the cash box.
Last weekend I sent the cashbox flying – not the best when you’re chasing 20ps across the floor as a confused customer is waiting for her change.
So this week it’s South Leeds Hub on Thursday afternoon/evening, and one of my favourites on Friday – Leeds Univeristy Union Christmas Day. It’s not just for the students everyone’s welcome. The money we all pay for our space goes to the Salvation Army and the army are there playing …lovely. And Santa’s coming. I need to ask him for a road atlas I think.
To see where I’m going to be next see my events page https://readyplanted.wordpress.com/eventsdates/
I thought I’d take a pic or two of the winter planters I’d done….but then Gloria thought she’d take a swipe at the berries on the gaultheria…..see swiftly moving hen aiming for red berries.
OK so I shooed her off and tried again. No hens to be seen, great, point the camera at the planter and ……peck! Straight at the phone..Gloria and her friend this time. “Is it edible, no, well let’s have another peck anyhow”……..so I gave up till they were in bed…but of course then it was dark. You can’t win sometimes.
Hopefully you can see what we have here though. A full sized old fashioned zinc pail filled with a 2ft conifer, gaultheria which has lovely red berries flowing over the front, with trailing ivy and pansies or violas All should do beautifully well on your doorstep all winter.
Put a string of battery operated lights round the little tree and you’ll have a lovely Christmassy welcome on your doorstep later in the winter as well.
And if you want to you can plant everything in the garden when it gets too big for the bucket. Don’t panic though the thuja (confier) is slow growing so you’re not looking at a hugenormous monster like leylandii!
So here it is in the dark. Difficult to see I know but I hope you get the idea!
The buckets cost £30 delivered to Leeds postcodes and the Pontefract/Castleford areas. Please get in touch via the contact form on the site if you’d like one.
I deliver little planters as well but it’s way too dark to take any pictures now. Will have a go tomorrow.
You’ve seen the autumn wreath before but I’ve had requests to deliver them as well. Here it is again if you fancy one too:
The base is a wicker frame decorated with seed heads and berries from the garden and the hedgerow. The frame itself will last for several years so you can decorate it again every season if you want to, and the berries and greenery will last outside for many weeks….the colder it gets the longer they’ll last! There are some advantages to the cold weather.
Delivered to the same areas as the planter the wreath will cost £28.00.
I have no idea when I’ll be able to take orders on line (I’m sorry)…. technology and I fight daily. So if you’d like either the planter or the wreath drop me a note – just click on contact in the menu bar and drop me a line.