The weather here on the South Coast has been rather gloomy with strong winds, lots of rain and bitterly cold temperatures. I suppose it is only fair that Winter has finally made an appearance, considering how mild December was. Whilst the bad weather is not exactly conducive to prepare the garden for spring and trying to walk Poppy in gale force winds, it is great for organising, cleaning, tidying and making a fresh start for the new year.
For me this begins on Twelfth Night when every ounce of Christmas is removed from our home. Being a sentimental sap, Twelfth Night is always bittersweet for me. I find it hard to let the festivities and joy of Christmas go, especially when the tree and the decorations still look so beautiful. Although there is something elegant about leaving a party on a high, before things get messy and with enough good memories to want to come back again. This is how Christmas should be, enjoy it whilst the good times are plentiful, but remove it before the tree loses its fragrance, all of the needles have dropped and the pretty decorations begin to look out of place. Last night we missed the fairy lights, the Christmas candles and the presence of the seven foot tree, but there are new beautiful things to look forward to.
Now is the time for Winter to shine, to offer beautiful flowers to fragrance, bring light and hints of colour to our homes. Hyacinths, muscari, tulips, paperwhites and anemones are amongst my favourites. These hyacinths I planted in December will soon bloom, until then I will have a constant stream of cut tulips, narcissi and anemones to make my heart sing.
Yesterday we bought more bulbs that I will plant this weekend. Every room will be filled with fresh fragrance and pretty blooms that will make Christmas a distant and happy memory.
Happy New Year friends.