Monday, 2 January 2012


The sun is shining, the sky is blue, portents of a great year to come I hope. HEARTFELT HAPPY NEW YEAR.

We had coffee outside this morning, the winter blossom is shining, the new grass that I sowed post landscaping in early December is already germinating and growing, and things are looking wintry but positive. There are all sorts of exciting things afoot here in spring, but in two days time I am off to explore the Spice islands for a few weeks, expecting to spy all sorts of exciting exotic flora and fauna.  While I am away Anna is kindly dealing with all office stuff and Dianne calling in to the gardens so it will be winter business as usual here, and I hope to return with new energy and enthusiasm for what I hope will be a wonderful year. For all of us!

I am very glad 2010 is over as my wonderful friends and family, my flowers and my amazing customers all helped me through a pretty rough personal journey last year. All a bit like a terrible old joke where a man goes into a pub looking miserable and the barman tries to cheer him up but the man says he's miserable because his dog has died. Cue cheery chat and the barman thinks he's winning then the man says '... and my wife has left me', cue more attempts at cheery chat, then 'and my mother has died' at which point the attempts at cheery chat are becoming exhausted, before a final 'and my only brother hasn't spoken to me since the funeral...'.   Well yes, all that and not a joke (only I had a husband, not a wife) but I'm sure 2012 is going to be a really positive year. Fortunately I am blessed with a huge innate store of optimism, and I am looking forward to all sorts of exciting developments in flower world, and this spring my darling daughter and her wonderful partner are getting married here, so that's certainly a highlight to get going with.
Happy New Year!