|Some garden reading for the winter months: The Wild Garden by William Robinson, Monet's Passion by Elizabeth Murray, Drought Resistant Planting and Beth Chatto's Damp Garden by Beth Chatto.|
It feels silly of me to want to show you all my Christmas gifts, especially now that it is past New Year's Day. But there is something of the child in me that just can't help it. Just yesterday, a friend came over and the first thing my kids wanted to talk about was "Guess what I got for Christmas!" As a parent, I am thrilled to have given them presents that they love and will enjoy all year long. And I smile when they excitedly tell about their presents, perhaps especially because I heard for weeks before Christmas about their excitement in giving gifts to other people.
All that is to say, here is what my very sweet family gifted to me this Christmas! And also photos of a few new ornaments on our tree this year.
My favorite presents are pictured above. Reading about wonderful gardens, and especially learning about them from their creators, is the most motivating thing to me as a gardener and designer. Winter is the best time to dive into a stack of new garden books. This year my stack includes: The Wild Garden by ye old William Robinson (whose garden at Gravetye Manor is currently being restored), Monet's Passion by Elizabeth Murray (an American's view of the restoration of Giverny), Drought Resistant Planting and Beth Chatto's Damp Garden by the brilliant Beth Chatto (which should give me a proper wet and dry education in planting). These book titles have been on my list for many moons and I am looking forward to sipping white rose tea and reading away.
Special credit should go to Holley for helping to find the new Monet book through her monthly book reviews and link-up on the 20th of each month. Thanks Holley!
|A gardener's winter dream: rose water soaps and lotions made with real roses! And not just real roses, but particularly David Austin English roses. They even have an Austin rose named Evelyn which is used by the company, Crabtree & Evelyn, who makes these products. Many thanks to my Anna Rose for this gift!|
|Real lavender lotion, also from C & E. Thanks to little Logan (and his daddy who helped him!)|
|One tradition we started a few years ago is to buy something from the gift shops at the Botanical gardens we visit during the year to place on our Christmas tree. Last year, we visited Stan Hywet Manor and Gardens and found this ball with bees buzzing.|
|This year, we visited the Norfolk Botanical Gardens and chose a butterfly.|
Hoping you were all blessed with garden-loving gifts as well. What were your favorites this year?