New plants a gardening high

BLOOMING GOOD TIMES: Chelsea Van Rijn has preparations in hand for the new year.
BLOOMING GOOD TIMES: Chelsea Van Rijn has preparations in hand for the new year. Contributed

DID we all enjoy Christmas or should I ask did we survive Christmas?

How on earth did a beautiful celebration turn into a stressful situation?

I really enjoyed my Christmas this year. My eldest was old enough to fully grasp the excitement and joy. His enthusiasm rubbed off onto his sister and me.

I was also lucky enough not to have to organise food preparations in the lead up to the big day.

This year also had no time limits plus everyone was on their best behaviour.

Oh, and of course I got brilliant presents - nothing to return this year!

Filled with such contentment I contemplate the year that was and the year to be.

I recently heard of a brilliant idea, in which you start with an empty jar and whenever something awesome happens - big or small - you write yourself a note and put it in the jar.

On New Years' Eve you open the jar and read how awesome your year has been.

If I had done that this year, I'd need a very big jar. But it's not all about me. It's about gardening.

What have been your gardening highs this year?

My gardening highs: the discovery of a slightly perfumed bougainvillea that is almost thornless. It was personally delivered to Trevallan Lifestyle Centre by the developer of it. My loathing of bougainvilleas completely disappeared with this discovery. I might not have a maze garden yet, but definitely contemplating a low hedge.

Another discovery - my all time easiest plant to grow - Pieris Japonica Temple Bells, has a sister.

Yes, that's right, one of my south-east Queensland growers has been trialling another variety of Pieris called Christmas Cheer.

Do you all remember me writing about Pieris Japonica Temple Bells a few months ago?

These plants are so easy to grow yet so beautiful Trevallan Lifestyle Centre always tries to have them in stock.

Now they have a sister. We only received them a few weeks ago but I'm very excited to try them in my garden.

They are similar to Temple Bells - slow growing with lush green foliage but they have a dusky pink flower.

Sharing with you my favourite fertiliser range: the Plant of Health Organic Link slow release fertiliser and Triple Boost Liquid fertiliser.

It gives me such great pleasure in hearing your stories of how this range has brought your garden and pots back from extinction.

Helping you discover that the reason your plants aren't performing up to scratch no matter what you do is as simple as using a soil wetter once or twice a year.

Letting you in on my clean clothes, wet garden secret: the Euca Laundry range, which Trevallan sells, is safe for grey water and septic systems, front and top loaders, cold and hot washes and gets your clothes clean and keeps your whites, white.

I can't wait for next year; I might even get a chance to develop my garden further.

I have a habit of dreaming big but not doing big.

Enjoy the outdoors and I'll see you on the other side!

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