If you want your real tree to last through the festive season, you need to remember to take care of it just as you would any cut branch or flower that you bring into your home.
What could you make from sticks gathered in the garden, a few leftover Christmas baubles, a bit of string and a cheap set of battery operated Christmas lights?
Armed with my trusty secateurs, I prowled the garden foraging for evergreens to chop and ended up with so much foliage that my kitchen looked like the back end of a florist's workshop!
Nothing says Christmas like a red Ponsietta plant adorning your festive mantlepiece! Here are the best tips to help your Ponsietta survive the festive season!