December Almanack: Toolsheds and Erica

The Gardener’s Perpetual Almanack (Martin Hoyles) is a Book of Days. Each day has a plant and a saying attached.

The tool shed is the potterer’s paradise.

December is the Roman month dedicated to Saturn but was their 10th month.

The 19th is the day of the Erica Bicolor.

erica_gracilis

The winter flowering heather thrive mightily in this damp soil. there is something about heather that brings a whiff of the wide open spaces that lie beyond the garden.

It is a good all year round plant for the garden maker to remember when he is wondering what to do with an odd bit of ground.

Patience Strong writing in The Glory of the Garden 1947

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