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
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