Make outdoor life part of festive season

SCHOOL is out, it’s summer holiday time, and there are lots of garden- related ways to enjoy these special family days together.

Many garden centres have kids’ play areas. Even at home there are dozens of fun projects to do such as decorating and planting up flower pots, creating miniature succulent gardens, making a bird feeder, a scarecrow for the veggie patch, or weaving a stick tee pee for beans and cucumbers to twine up – all guaranteed to tempt the kids outdoors for an hour or two every day.

Try an indigenous tree, one of our yellowwoods perhaps, in a container as a Christmas tree this year.

They are beautiful and glossy-leaved and in the New Year, can stay in its pot on the patio or be moved to the garden to grow to its full height.

Use indoor plants to decorate your home for the holiday season and longer – chrysanthemums, pointsettias, anthuriums, begonias and miniature roses will all bring in fresh and festive touches of red and green.

If you’re off to enjoy a week or two in another part of the country, drop into new garden centres.

. Locate a centre with a coffee shop and kids play area for a drive-wise trip break in the most restful of surroundings.

While en route, and at your destination, take note of how plants grow in the wild in different areas in the country. There are dozens of different types and colours of vygies native to different parts of the country – look out for new, unusual, specimens in the local garden centres.

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