New Year Gardener

A warm welcome to all the new fellow gardeners from around the planet including so many from USA and new viewer gardeners Canada and so many new viewers fom around the planet . ESPECIALLY happy New Year in the hope we can be kinder to our planet and the planet kinder to us perhaps .Editor

Science for the Gardener book available on fast link drop down menu right here .A great start to the gardening year as a personal present to a gardener friend and family .(Free delivery )

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External Alpine bed .A good time to visit Wisley Alpine House in Winter .Very impressive Alpine House and species plants .
Frosty Leaves superb sight early morning
Pointsettia -Euphorbia
Pointsettia .Euphorbia family

This is a good time and opportunity while you and your garden are taking a well earned rest to take a look at putting some winter house plant colour in the house /conservatory and why not in the drier parts of flower beds if the weather is reasonable with a hardy winter colour .You can’t beat hardy cyclamens outdoors and indoors poinsettia . Cylamen are now available in a wide range of red and pink colours, fairly hardy and reasonably priced.  Hyacinths are on sale in attractive wicker baskets for indoors but you can also plant out hyacinths if they have been specially prepared by the growers.  This involves a higher temperature speeding up process, followed by low temperature for six weeks, so do check before you buy.!

Cyclamen growing wild like dry well drained soil

If you are looking to buy family and friends some plants as a New Year Present for winter or spring (which is not as far away as we think or like it to  be), do enjoy a good explore round local garden centres and also on secure websites.  Specialist bulb/corm growers have some excellent plant deals  on offer and as long as they are planted in well drained gritty soil in a sunny aspect can be a wonderful addition of colour to many parts of the garden e.g. lawns, bedding, rockery, also for indoor decoration and outdoor contains and hanging baskets.  Search for (fragrant) daffodils  (narcissus)and for early-late Spring  look out for packs of leucojums, ornithogalums, chinodoxias and tulips (all lily family) as well as early iris bulbs. 

Bulbs are plentiful now

 Anemones (Ranunculous family) may soon be available to keep a look out for . Bellis (Daisy) and Violas (Viola family ) are already available and will add cheery colour to your winter scene.

Early spring plants such as Heathers (ericaceous), Sarcococca (box family) very fragrant and very ok in the shade, Osmanthus woody (oleaceae) fragrant and slow growing, Chaenomeles exotic red and pink (roseaceae)  good early spring flowering in mild conditions against a wall) may be on sale now.  Plant these shrubs out about mid Feb  but not in frost periods, or retain in cool moist conditions in a light conservatory or porch until outside  conditions suitable.


Birds depend on us all during difficult weather conditions, so do ensure there is appropriate food for them, not just in dispensers but also for the ground feeders, blackbirds, thrushes, robins etc.  Thrushes are on the endangered list now and they love what gardeners don’t, snails and slugs.  It will help if we can leave the garden a bit more relaxed and untidy, so plenty of leaves, broken branches, bits of moss etc. as this will generate a food chain of over-wintering insects that ground feeding birds require very desperately in cold snaps!

wild rodents need shelter and food
NEW ZEALAND ‘XMAS TREE colourful ‘Metrosidius umbellata

Hibernating animals are many more than we realise, so try to leave habitats such as piles of leaves perhaps retained by some branches or under some spreading low ground cover branches e.g. cotoneaster.  Hedgehogs are desperate at this time of the year so check they can get from garden to garden through a small hole in the fence.  This is really important for them to travel to find winter habitats so check l with neighbours if a joint effort could be made .

Wishing all you gardeners a very Peaceful  Happy New Year and perhaps a small prayer to be thankful for what wonderful gardens and environment we have been given and to look forward to another treasured year of growing opportunities. Hopefully climate change may be more moderate but we should all be mindful of thinking  a bit greener and adding a few more shrubs and trees ,we must all try and make our contribution in ways we feel we can or advised professionally by UN ,Govts Horticultural bodies..!!

A big thank you all for the great support to date from gardeners now world wide for Science for the Gardener Book available in all good bookshops ,and also mostly free delivery from the internet world wide .

Author signing Science for the Gardener Book at Chard Bookshop Somerset UK

Tony Arnold MCIHort

Author Science for The Gardener Book and Power Point Slides .