With win­ter on the way time is fly­ing, but life is still good

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weeks be­fore the birth of our sec­ond child, and just as bam­bino num­ber one has en­tered the ter­ri­ble twos!

Life IS good though… we are very ex­cited and, un­like my first preg­nancy, time is fly­ing by (I don’t know where the weeks are go­ing).

At the nurs­ery we are busy plant­ing up win­ter bas­kets for large es­tates, pubs and Royal homes.

We use fresh moss to line the bas­kets as the growth of the plants isn’t as vig­or­ous in the win­ter and so won’t cover the faux moss liner used in the sum­mer.

As we fill the bas­kets, build­ing the moss up the sides, we in­ter­sperse pan­sies, win­ter herbs and ivy around the side.

This adds colour all around as well as scented fo­liage from the herbs. Also don’t for­get to pop a few dwarf bulbs in, es­pe­cially if you choose to in­clude au­tumn cy­cla­men on top, as these bulbs will add fresh spring colour once those cy­cla­men have died back. The per­fect cen­tre piece on top would be a var­ie­gated hebe, skim­mia or even a rose­mary if you are af­ter a culi­nary herb ar­range­ment.

These are all win­ter hardy and add height and colour to the bas­ket. We then pack them with pan­sies and vi­o­las, a few cy­cla­men and a few au­tumn herbs and trailiers.

Veon­ica and Ajuga are frost hardy and have de­light­ful blue flow­ers in the au­tumn/early spring. Herbs to con­sider are thyme, oregano and sage.

The best thing about all these plants is that you can re­plant them into your gar­den in spring to cre­ate a herb gar­den or the cen­tre pieces will grow into shrubs.

If you don’t fancy at­tempt­ing this your­self then come in and we can talk you through the choices for you to pur­chase, or we can plant it up for you.

They last through un­til June next year, when they of­ten out­grow the bas­ket or the strong heat ‘wears out’ the pan­sies.

We’re strug­gling to name the dog, two days on, God help the im­pend­ing baby who has also yet to be named! Wish me luck for the labour…

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