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.
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