New Year 2021 Gardener

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New Year Gardener 2021

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Happy NewYear to you all from Editor Tony Arnold

This is a good time and opportunity while you and your garden are taking a well earned rest after this dreadful year to see if you’ve managed to take some advantage of the open spaces either in your own back yard or simply a good old fashioned walk when the weather is reasonable .i don’t think I could get through the week without ‘stretching my legs ‘especially in these dreaded lock downs..

 INDOOR PLANTS .

Its a very good time to look around Garden Centres and On line to search for indorplants for specific places in the house .Rubber Plants with big  attractive imposing leaves in say the lounge  and an Ivy climber in the Dining Room  mignt be a conversation point .My own very highly recommended favorite indoor plant is the Dragon Tree with long narrow palm shaped leaves Dracaena marginata .They dont mind central heating ,dont dry out  rarely require watering .Pic to Follow .Bedrooms might like the old favorite Peace lillys Spathiums and Spider plants .

Take a look at putting some winter colour in the house, conservatory and why not in the drier parts of flower beds if the weather is reasonable. Indoor plants are very popular ,some grow up or down from the ceiling or on the walls is most required

You can’t beat cyclamens , 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.!

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. 

red Acer growing wild in Somerset uk

 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.

Wildlife

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!

Well laid out Onions homeGrown
T Down S Somerset
Get planting for February
A very large Parsnip expertly grown
T Down South Somerset UK

Hibernating animals are many more than we realise, so try to leave habitats such as piles of leaves and sticks perhaps retained by some branches or under some spreading low ground cover branches e.g. cotoneaster.  Hedgehogs are desperate (and severely endangered) at this time of the year so check they can get from garden to garden through a small hole in the neighbours  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 .?

A Model Hedghog i love it .Xmas present
Pumpkins lining up

Wishing all you gardeners a very restful Christmas, Peaceful  and Hopefully  a Happier 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 every one of us  should all be mindful of thinking  a bit greener and adding a few more shrubs and trees if space permits and of course be energy efficient .

Lets hope that science in the form of this  new vaccine will be available as soon as possible to all  to rid us of the evil Covid virus this year once and for all !!.I believe we also lost 40/60,000in the blitz .

Tony Arnold MCIHort   www.scienceforthegardener.com or tony@scienceforthe gardener.com for science based garden enquiries.

NewZealand ‘Christmas tree ‘actually Metrosideros excelsea .Myrtacea
Temptation on the tree !!!!

(Author took pic of this superb tree on S Island )

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Cotoneaster Tree in Winter agood meal for the birds