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Nov302012

Top Gardening Tips For The Winter

Flooded fields near East Lyng in Somerset pictured yesterday by Western Daily Press photographer Fran StothardBatheaston is looking very sodden! Needless to say our heartfelt sympathies are with anybody that has been affected by flooding. Water is so destructive!

 

If Manage My Garden can be of help or assistance don’t hesitate to contact us.

However when everywhere is looking so drab, closer inspection of gardens reveals how valuable evergreens are. The diversity of foliage and berry colour! Also fragrance can have a cheering affect.

Top Tips:

1.    Conifers look striking this time of year. Their variety of colour, texture and shape is immense. My current favourites are Pinus mugo, Juniperis scopulrum - sky rocket and compressa, thyja orientalis ‘aurea nana’. When choosing a conifer for your garden  please check their ultimate height and spread. Also be aware that slow growing is not the same as dwarf! (‘dwarf’ means under a meter height and spread). Also remember to use a reputable garden centre and where possible only buy UK sourced plants.

2.    Daphnes are budding this time of year. Daphne buolua can be tricky, but from December onwards flower with a divine fragrance! Winter flowering shrubs are important for bumble bees. They come out foraging, given windows of opportunity in the weather. Valuable nectar is what they seek. That is what such flowers provide. Daphne mezereuim is calcarious soil tolerant too.

3.    One of my top favourite shrubs is the Mahonia. Totally hardy and tolerant of the most extreme of conditions generally will flourish and without fail produce racemes of fragrant flowers from November onwards. Although ‘charity’ is tall it does not take up much space. Particularly fragrant too is Mahonia ‘japonica’.

4.    Still some remaining leaves to clear from lawns and paths? We can help!

5.    Now is your last chance to harvest horse radish, for making that delicious sauce! Don’t forget to replant some of the shooting growths for next season.

6.    Finally if you have put bulbs in the dark for forcing get them out now and start to give them some light. Do not over water them! That goes for all indoor plants particularly in these  low light conditions.

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Reader Comments (2)

Thanks for the tips on your favourite plants, as well as the advice on getting the bulbs into light as soon as possible. I like the wide selection of plants you have described as some of your favourites. These will be a great addition to any garden.

April 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGreenhouse Warehouse

Winter is a wonderful time for gardening and there are a lot of vegetables and fruits to plant in your garden. The climate is good so new plants can be planted as there will be no scorching sun. I would certainly try these tips out that you have mentioned here and try the selection you have mentioned. I will try these next winter and hope to get good productivity.

June 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria Lee

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