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January in the Garden

While we’re all tucked up inside with the central heating blaring and the candles flickering it’s nice to look ahead to the warmer months.

I get pleasure in taking time to look at the bare bones of my garden in January to plan what I’m going to change, decide what has to go, think what new to try out and work out how to use every inch to its advantage. Happy days! 

In My Garden

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I have a few glimmers of colour in my garden, which is very wet and soggy at the moment.

Bringing the outdoors – indoors

Bulbs

This is a nice way to transition from all of the colourful Christmas colours and décor.

I just discovered these bulbs in pretty containers at my local farm shop, Bert’s Barrow.

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I was delighted to meet Shona of Fox Red Flowers who provides her pots and floristry to Bert’s Barrow. Shona has a lovely eye for design utilising her horticulture skills, with spring bulbs and plants in colourful pots and reclaimed dishes and boxes. The bonus is that the bulbs can be planted outdoors once they have finished flowering. Remove the spent flower heads to prevent seed production and a good tip is to feed them with a high potash fertiliser to help build up next year’s flower buds. Continue feeding regularly until the foliage has died back.

In Your Garden

Sweep your paths of leaves and debris. This will keep them from being slippery and dangerous and will make sure it doesn’t provide a lovely home for slugs and snails.

Water plants and bulbs in containers if they are sheltered from the rain by their position.

Take a look outside. If you’ve had any recent snow, then it may have left everything looking a bit mucky and dishevelled. So, if it’s not too cold, go outside and have a good tidy up.

Deadhead winter bedding (violas, pansies, polyanthus) to prolong flowering.

Remove tatty or large leaves from hellebores to make the flowers more visible.

Cut back the old foliage from ornamental grasses before growth starts.

Dig up and pot up roots of mint to force early shoots.

Cover rhubarb plants with forcers as soon as they show signs of growth. This will encourage early and very tender stems.

Cut down old top-growth on your perennials and clear away any leaves that are resting on top of plants. Add these to your compost.

And don’t forget to contribute to the world’s largest wildlife survey over the weekend of 30-31 January, by just counting birds for an hour for the RSPB – The Big Garden Birdwatch, register here.

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