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Welcome to our last email of 2018! We’re looking forward to getting stuck into the new year but we know January in the UK can be a bit drab, so let’s put the poetry back into life in the garden!

We have some ideas – and even a few legends to share, which may inspire you to venture out …

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A blooming winter miracle
Seeing flowers in the cold months always lifts the spirits and Hellebores do just that. Helleborus niger is often called the ‘Christmas rose’. Legend says that it grew in the snow from being watered by a girl’s tears, who was sad at not having a gift to give the holy baby in Bethlehem.

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Poetic licence to party!

Although the great Scottish poet Robert Burns was not green-fingered, he grew up on a farm and wrote many poems about nature, like ‘My luve is like a red, red rose’ and ‘The Gardener wi’ his paidle’. There’s even a Geranium called ‘Robert Burns’.
Why not celebrate his life with a party and host a Burns Night supper on 25 January? Enjoy some neeps and tatties with friends and family … you could even have a piper to pipe in the haggis! Click here for one idea on how to do it, from the BBC.
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Bushy Beverage of the month

In keeping with our Scot’s Burns Night theme, you can enjoy a garden-inspired ‘Whisky & Bourbon Botanical Cocktail’ using a kit from Plant ‘n’ Grow. Get them online via ‘Not on the Highstreet’ by clicking here.

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New year, new hobby at Wisley

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to learn another skill, RHS Garden Wisley offers over 35 new courses including ‘Close-Up Photography’, to master the art of capturing close-up images of plants, and ‘Watercolour Painting‘. Click here for details.
Whatever the weather, Bushy Business is here all year-round and we’re more than happy to tell you our own seasonal tales while we visit – the stuff of legends indeed! Click here for ideas on our services.

Until 2019 … and in true Robert Burns’ tradition …

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne!

Happy new year!

Chris Stone
Head of Beautiful Gardens

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