Winter blues – Westcountry NURSERIES


Eventually we’ve got had chilly
climate. It was unnatural to have such excessive temperatures in November though I
appreciated the heat.
Flowers like dahlias
which ought to have been long-dormant have been nonetheless offering attractive color.
That’s till winter swept in with a vengeance.

Icy blue skies and snow in December

Winter arrived out of the blue

Ice, snow and temperatures of -10 arrived in a chilly
blast. They killed off the whitefly and different pests. The chilly climate put a
cease to the final of my summer time blooms.
And it inspired the ultimate leaves to fall off the bushes.

However then they outstayed their welcome. It continued to be
chilly and icy. With the price of residing disaster many felt unable to place their
heating on and it was a shivery run as much as Christmas.

It’s British to moan concerning the climate

However, we’re British. We prefer to moan concerning the climate. As
lengthy as you’re in the appropriate garments chilly climate is okay. I really like strolling in
the snow below cloudless skies. I choose chilly and crisp to damp
and moist any day.

Hope 2023 will likely be good

Right here we’re in 2023. I hope it’ll be an excellent yr.
Hopefully we gained’t lose one other monarch or have three completely different prime ministers
however I’m not making any predictions.

New 12 months Resolutions

I’ve nevertheless made some resolutions.

I’ll attempt to make time to get pleasure from my backyard.
Generally it appears we’re so busy we don’t have the posh of simply sitting and admiring
all our laborious work. This yr I need you to affix in me in taking outing. Sit
again and admire your backyard.

Develop my very own

Certainly one of my resolutions final yr was to develop extra of my backyard flowers from seeds I had harvested. I rigorously collected seeds from astrantias and positioned them in envelopes. Within the spring I planted Roma which has giant, silvery pink flowers. They germinated nicely and gave me a superb show. The butterflies beloved them.

Within the spring I took cuttings of Campsis
radicans ‘Flamenco’
. I grew them on and now have vigorous new crops
which gave me good purple flowers from July to September.

Campsis Flamenco

Plan for the longer term

In these winter evenings I like poring over catalogues,
planning future planting. This yr I wish to plant some new clematis.
I fancy Empress.
It’s an early giant flowered pink clematis. I can even go for Michiko
which is likely one of the earliest varieties and has virtually pure white flowers.

Clematis Michiko
Clematis Empress

I’ll plant extra lupins
too. Pale pink Blossom,
purple Blacksmith
and white Polar
Princess
will all look pretty collectively.

Lupinus ‘Polar Princess’

Indicators of spring

As I write this it’s darkish and chilly however there are indicators of
spring. Bulb
ideas are poking by way of. A cherry has began flowering, the earliest it has
ever completed so. I guess it was shocked by the freezing climate.

Bulbs simply poking out beneath the bushes

Keep heat and hold the bugs at bay. There’s a nasty chilly
going spherical which has knocked out me and my neighbours. Nonetheless at the very least it’s
the primary chilly we’ve got had for 3 years.

Rosemoor Glow December 2022

Gardening ideas

Preserve a watch out for the guidelines of spring bulbs which can quickly be
rising. Water overwintering pots within the greenhouse sparingly as soon as per week.
Plan subsequent summer time’s purchases with our 2023 catalogue. Rake up any fallen leaves.

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