The Good Lady, with her penchant for all things recycling, has done it again! In the last few weeks, Herself, accompanied by a chainsaw-wielding Grandpa, has been reducing the beech hedge in the Secret Garden to more manageable proportions. Over the past thirty years or so this part of the garden has been “forgotten”, therefore the hedge had become a riot of adolescent beech trees which have gradually been shading out the espalier wall-trained fruits. In amongst the tangle of beech was a self-sown holly.
Driven by a desire to save the poor soul from the impending clutches of the bonfire pile, the Good Lady’s eyes settled upon a pleasingly triangular shaped offcut and this was formally adopted as our 2012 Christmas tree. I was tasked with wrestling it into its improbably small and inherently unstable stand and once I’d forced it through the door simultaneously pulling the prickles out of my head, we proceeded to decorate with the assorted collection of well-loved, vintage treasures from years past (perhaps more plain shabby than shabby-chic). Granted, it was a bit of a challenge threading the baubles over the prickly leaves (there’s not an Elastoplast left in the house) and it doesn’t have the usual pine aroma of a normal tree but it hasn’t dropped its leaves yet, and has the added credentials of being locally sourced and – yes – free!
From all of us at the Scottish Country Garden, may we wish you a very Merry Christmas!