round up! December, December, snowy December

weeding out the best reads from another busy month on the internet

December was cold, cold, cold and we spent much of it cosied up indoors hoping that our precious plants were surviving the chill.

But those snow days did give us extra time to dig out the best articles for you to enjoy.

  • well tooled - In The Independent Anna Pavord introduced Piers Newth and Louise Allen and their garden tool restoration company, Garden & Wood. The couple lovingly reclaim and repair beautiful old garden tools and sell them from their website.
  • delightful ivy - Dan Pearson wrote about the pleasure of growing ivy, in his Observer column. A plant that thrives in shade, attracts bees and birds and carries us through the sparcity of winter.
  • Horseradish vodka? - Apparently so. If you have it growing in your garden why not join Andy Hamilton as he sings its cold-zapping praises.
  • say it with flowers - And finally, we came across these lovely botanical greetings cards which are printed on plantable seed paper embedded with wild flower seed. When covered in soil and watered the paper springs forth with wild flowers. Such a perfect way to give thanks.

Happy reading...