Letters from the garden
That’s the first month of the year down and it’s starting to get lighter, layering up for the cold because it’s been the most beautiful frosty and sunny days. It does mean however that are not always able to garden, or we will ruin lawns, but there are still lots of jobs to do for those that don’t mind or have access to fruit tree and would a fire to remove all the pruning’s that can’t be composted.
We are working our way through our winter gardens, lots of claiming the gardens back that have got too mature and need taming, then they are free to grow again and enjoy their space.
Lots of planting despite the lack of herbaceous, apparently, I have to wait till spring! I have however, been able to plant a couple of gardens, lots of lovely Hellebores, Ferns, Nandina, Grasses, Box and I have found a new supplier for Hardy Palms and Ferns in this country, really pleased with the stock and they will look amazing. I have at last found a customer who likes my choice of Thuja ‘Whipcord’ as an alternative plant for a seaside look, I love this plant, I have chosen this to work with Trachycarpus (palm) and Astelia (wide leaved grass) with a large Stipa (grass) these are planted in steel pipes just for that extra contrast.
I have planted a lot of Snowflake bulbs, so pretty and larger than the snowdrop, I can see mine poking through already, I have also planted a lot of Camassia which is a beautiful flower and works especially near water because of its delicacy.
So that’s me happy, the team are working hard, there are lots of jobs at this time of year and if you need help before the spring, give us a call so your garden is ready for the seasons to come
Letters from the garden
Happy New Year everyone, we hope you had a lovely Christmas and New Year, we are all back to the reality of work and any other activities that are the norm for yourselves.
It is a positive this time of year for us because we are passed the shortest day of the year yeh! and we are now heading to more light everyday that’s what to look forward to most when spring is upon us.
The cold and crisp air is lovely, and the teams appreciate this more than the dreary grey we can end up with at this time of year, as do the the cups of tea and biscuits from clients who are in and appreciate the guys are in the cold all day so thank you to all.
Well, an update on the gardening, the team are going strong in the winter, lots of work to do on some of the bigger gardens, as there are lots of beds to dig over, Trees and Wisteria to prune and fires to build and look after.
Bulbs have already started to appear, which is exciting, but be careful when doing border work, using a claw on a long pole is good because you can scratch the surface of the soil and avoid the builds and use a plastic rake if you re just clearing the beds of leaves.
I’ve ordered seeds, and am potting up ones already in stock getting ready for the season ahead, I need to clear some of the previous years annuals as some are hanging on and there are lots of seedlings already growing, the Forget-me-not has gone mad, they might need to be thinned out.
The willow is looking amazing with bright orange stems filling the garden and the grasses look stunning right now.
Happy New Year to the birds as they have got the popcorn garlands after Christmas as I have been told they enjoy this. so hoping they do.
Have a good January, and see you in the garden.
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