Happy New Year!


A new dawn

1 January 2021


We awoke to frost, and a dusting of snow, after the coldest night in quite a while. On New Year’s Eve I had watched the forecast temperature go down and down and down. Until, at 7.00 p.m., my resolve broke. The garden paths were already treacherous with ice and the leaves of the plants on the crunchy side as we wrestled to get the tenderest specimens under the protection of fleece. I suppose it was inevitable, 2020 being the year of sweeping evictions from the greenhouse under the cover of global warming..

This morning we have ordered more fleece jackets. For the plants that is, not for us. If that doesn’t do it nothing will.


Leucadendron 'Safari Sunset'


The first bloom to open this new year and what a worthy one it is.

Leucadendron ‘Safari Sunset’.

Safe in the greenhouse. For now.


Who knows what 2021 will bring. I’m almost afraid to think about it.



I saw this on Twitter last night and it did make me laugh. (Unfortunately with no accreditation or I’d have passed it on.)


There is so much expectation for better things, in every corner of the world. For many of us there is the distinct possibility that we will need to be patient, at least for a while, before some of those things can come to fruition. I can only hope that this year, more than any other, there is commitment and a greater sense of determination to make those things happen. On a personal level it’s certainly the case for me. After all, I’m not getting any younger.


With best wishes to everyone for a Happy and (above all) Healthy New Year.

Jessica x