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13 Jan 6:00am

Grow cut branches in vases for indoor winter magic

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Not only does this great trick give you colour and life in the darkest time of year, the branches work as cuttings and can in due course be planted out When I was a kid growing up in Singapore, it seemed like Christmas was barely over when preparations for Chinese New Year would start. It was one of my favourite times of year, not for the feasting and fireworks, but mainly because of the horticultural extravaganza that would ensue. Garden centres literally double in size with plants symbolic of new beginnings, as pots of auspicious citrus trees, bright red celosia and tubs of rice plants laden with sheaves of grain filled their car parks and road verges. After a week or two of sitting as silvery, fuzzy perfection pussy willow branches will explode into leafy growth
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