January Newsletter

Hi everyone and thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter.

The weather in the last few months has been awful. Lawns and borders have been flooded and most things look tired. I can assure you that spring is on its way even if it doesn’t feel like it.

If you are unable to get outside there are always jobs that can be done. If you have a greenhouse or cold frame now is a great time to clean them. Have a look at your garden tools to see if they need a clean and sharpen and throw out things like broken and damaged canes.  If you have any seeds packets leftover from last year you will find that they now are out of date and certainly get rid of last years grass seedboxes – there is more chance of me running a marathon in under two hours than them sprouting.

If you do venture out and you have heavy clay soil you will find it virtually impossible to dig over, but you can put a garden fork into the ground and gently ease it back towards you to ease some of the compaction and let some air in there.  Lawns will benefit from gently pushing your fork in and very slightly rocking the fork to create small holes in the ground – again this will aerate the ground.  Leaves will defiantly need to be removed from lawns before the grass starts to go yellow.

There are two sides of the argument as to whether to remove last years growth from herbaceous perennials.  Some hardy early flowering plants will need to be tidied up before the new growth starts, but plants such as sedums are at least protected from hard frosts if left alone till late February/March.

Do not be tempted to prune evergreen hedges such as conifer at this time of year as they will just scorch, and do not prune cherry trees until there is new growth in spring as this will encourage disease. If there is anything specific you would like to discuss please contact us or pop into the shop.

We are at the moment sorting the shop out to fit in our new staging so we can better display our flowers and plants.  We will also be starting to stock English grown flowers from Cornwall and more local.

If you do order flowers from us for delivery you will be seeing us deliver by pushbike in the local area.  We are having a re-conditioned post office bike from a company who trade as an ethical, not for profit group. For every bike, they revive they send another to areas in Africa where they are used by locals to get to school and work.  This is nowhere near making us carbon neutral, but it is a start