Letters from the garden
Well we made it through January it’s been wet and we had a patch of very frosty weather, lovely sunshine but it does mean no digging and stay off the lawns, you will have nasty footprints everywhere!!!!
Anyway with the initial winter weather being mild, the bulbs are up I've seen daffodils, crocus and snow drops already, the hellebores have been fantastic aswell, I have been trying to think of something else to add in the mix for this time of year and I have decided to go back to an old favourite and that's alpines. Watch this space.
Jobs to do this month, if you haven't already the main thing to do is mulch or add some goodies to the soil if you can. If you have some leaf mulch this is ideal or some compost that needs clearing. Fires are a good way of reducing the pruning pile if you are able to, for those that can’t its the local tip or green waste yard. Make sure the framework or wires are intact for climbing plants or shrubs that need support, check your supports for herbaceous plants and if you use pea sticks make sure you've got them ready.
For us we are still digging borders, pruning and planting for clients, plus dividing plants to fill other areas making sure all areas of the garden are ready for spring. We can help with clearances and regular maintenance so if there is anything you need please call.
Jobs we can don't this time of year, waste removal, pressure washing, gutter clearance, beds and borders, garden clearance, planting and we’re always good for advice, so don't hesitate to contact us.
Letters from the garden
Happy New Year to you all, I hope you have enjoyed the festivities with the garden coming into to your home, unless you are a fakey! If you are, then you don’t have the clear up afterwards, just some foliage here and there.
Mow ‘n’ Blow are back working after our Christmas break, the team are on good form and are enjoying the slightly better weather although we may be seeing snow this week, we’ll wait and see.
With all the rain and mild temperatures, the grass is still growing but the ground is soggy, not the best mix. With this in mind we are sticking to the normal winter jobs, digging borders, pruning, leaf blowing and mulching, with some planting mixed in as this a good time of year to do these jobs. We are still doing the winter hits for people and even some gutter clearance and pressure washing, as I’m sure there are some paths or patios that could do with some help.
Watch for the Hellebores coming through, tip: cut the leaves off so you can see the flowers if you need to.
I think we might be starting bulb watch early again this year, I have seen the snowdrops getting ready and others peaking through, we will keep you posted.
If you need any help please don’t hesitate to call.
Hoping 2016 is a great year for everyone.
Well Christmas and New year have been and well it was wet, rain and beverages in all... time for both to go now, need to work the waistline and hope former of these frosty sunny days, the ground is so wet it could do with drying out.
i hope everyone had a good break if you were lucky enough to and now to the new year, hoping it will dry out so we can work in the garden, i know i am bursting to see the first bulbs which won't belong i don't think.
keep looking out for the flowers and i will keep you posted too.
Christian Dupont has been involved in horticulture for over two decades now, lives near Alton with his wife. She is also a fully trained gardener and horticulturalist. Both are keen photographers as well as accomplished Horticulturalists. some articles are from the Life Mags but mainly for the Herald newspaper, bi-weekly column in the local business