Walking around the garden center the other day we were looking – as you do this time of year – at christmas trees. In about half a second I worked out that a pot grown specimen would mean I get a spruce bonsai to play with in the new year smiley, and throughout the entire process Mandy would actually be excited and happy about buying another tree.

So the usual criteria for a Christmas Tree – you know – dense, bushy, even all round etc etc, had a few additions – but the looks you get in Newquay garden Center on your hands and knees checking nebari and lower trunk girth takes a bit of getting used to ! You know how it goes – you narrow it down to 6, then 3 then its a head to head – it was like the X factor final – and now we have our spruce sat in the front room, watered every day. I wanted to mist it but i think the lights will have other ideas !!

Now i look with awe and wonder at Mandies lovely decorating, looking which branches to jin, where to put the shari……………….. windswept literati?, Buying the Christmas tree has really got a whole new outlook now. 2013 workshop for january i think, as a change from ‘pots & potting’ maybe?

Happy Christmas everyone

here is a little Cryptomeria in a Gordon Hunt pot to start the seasonal spirit