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Its Traditional.....

By Ozhene @papaver
The first time you do something it is not a tradition, it cannot be as there has only been one occurrence.  The second time you do something it is also not really a tradition, it is more a repeat performance.  If it is the third time though, I think you can start to think of it is as a tradition, then you have some evidence to back this up.  So today I shall tell you about a recent Christmas tradition that has developed over the last three years.
The last Saturday before Christmas they have been holding a local food fair. Last year when I went I bought cheese and fudge but missed out on the rather nice looking crisps as they sold out fast.  This year we went with a strategy in mind to buy when we saw things rather than waiting and thinking.  This worked well, I came away with cheese, fudge, crisps and a thing that I can't remember the same of but it was a ball of mushrooms and taleggio baked in breadcrumbs.  This is stage one of the tradition.
Stage two involves a nearby garden center.  We have a wander around this garden center as they sell a good selection of winter plants (we never seem to go any other time of year).  This year we admired the camellias that were heavy in bud. We also had a good look at a viburnum or two and some hellebores.  We then go into the houseplant section.  Neither of us are confirmed house plant buyers (though as I say this I look left into the conservatory and wonder if this is really true).  We wander around and look at the plants and invariably start to giggle.
Its traditional..... The gawdy heather always makes us pause.  I am absolutely no-where near the top of the good taste league, but I find these rather disturbing.
Then there are these plants:
Its traditional..... that for some reason have a tiny parcel stuck to them.
and then........ wait for it........
Its traditional..... brightly coloured cactii.  This is a dark photograph, if I had made it lighter it would have been a bit too much I think.
Then there is this....
Its traditional..... which we suspected also glows in the dark.  What did this poor plant do to deserve being covered in glitter?  Seriously - the poor thing, surely it was beautiful enough which this treatment?
Then we stopped and stared a lot.
Its traditional..... Can you see the join?  We had to walk around this plant as we thought it must be grafted, after further inspection we were not sure if calling it grafting was accurate.
But, there is a but, as these are just a few plants in a rather large building.  Whilst it is easy to poke fun I did, of course, find a plant I had to buy.  Every year I do and every year they have been good plants that have thrived.  So this year I bought....
Its traditional..... this rather fine Kalanchoe, not bad for a fiver I thought.
So there is the tradition, go and buy food then wander into the garden center and chuckle at a novelty plant or two and then buy something rather nice.

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