JOHN’S JOURNAL

A Time to Reflect and Enjoy

 

It’s been lovely to have a few days of settled weather helping give us some time outside in the build up to Christmas and as we know there’s nothing healthier than spending time outside in the fresh air, with us all living in such a beautiful area naturally surrounded by countryside and beautiful scenery it’s time to enjoy the special day along with reflecting and looking forward to the year which lies ahead.

Rose is very switched on as to what is coming this year and Charlie just goes along with everything, as long as he has food in his hand he’s a happy chappy! We went for a lovely trip up to Gisburn Forest the other day and it’s so peaceful up there, walks and trails galore and I have fond memories racing around on my mountain bike, it’s such a great place to spend a few hours, it also gets you thinking about the important things in life. 2020 was a year where everything stopped and I don’t know about you but we made a few new promises to ourselves, then before we knew it 2021 arrived and things seemed to speed up again with us all falling back into our old ways and routines, with so much to do, but once again it appears the brakes are coming on again but we know what we’re doing this time and it’s time to connect again and enjoy the simple things in life which are all around us along with doing what makes us all feel safe, and it’s also the simple things that can sometimes make us feel most content.

In the garden it’s just amazing just where the year has gone, the next big thing in the gardening calendar is the Snowdrops, it only seems like they were in flower last week! But it’s a good time of year to write things down before we forget them, set yourselves a few targets and milestones giving you something to keep going back to to jog your memory, it may be that you fancy growing more vegetables, or you are looking at creating your own cut flower garden, maybe encouraging your friends to get into gardening or simply get on top of your own garden there is so much you can be busy doing and even on the dry winter days it’s a perfect time to get going.

At the nursery we’re busy planning the Spring months along with tying up ends up before the big day, the nursery team are busy bulb potting and even now you can see new shoots appearing on some of the perennials, it’s amazing where the time goes! Anyway have a lovely Christmas whatever you may be doing and enjoy the time with your families and loved ones, then next week we will have a look at a few jobs to be cracking on with to help burn off a few calories in the garden! 

 

 

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Here you can send in and find out the answers to those gardening problems

 

What do I do with my Hyacinths when they have finished flowering?

Plant them out in the garden straight away as they will happily survive the frost and get established ready to flower the following Spring. They are forced on at this time of year for the Chritsmas period but naturally they will flower in March/April

 

My Dogwoods are not as colourful as normal?

Cornus thrive on being pruned hard every 2 years at the end of March, this then encourages new shoots from the base which have brightly coloured bark, the old stems will turn a browny colour and loose their vibrancy so it’s always best to make a note to prune them hard and you can also forage some stems from them in the WInter months to add into flower pots, this gives you height and interest and they are also free!

 

Should I prune my Wisteria now?

Wisterias like being pruned twice per yr, once later on in the Winter towards February, when you trim off any long wispy shoots as you will be able to see the fatter flower buds, then you also trim later on in June once they’ve thrown off their new growth, this way it helps keep them promoting flower buds near the heart of the plant and it also keeps them closer to the wall or pergola

 

JOBS FOR THE WEEKEND 

 

Plant of The Week

Cornus sibirica Alba

A beautiful Dogwood with intense red coloured stems, perfect for growing in the border to fill a gap and you can also forage the stems to include in winter displays inside or in winter containers outside. Prune hard every 2 years to encourage colourful new growth