and this gives them some protection as the growing point is well off the ground, but I will put some straw or fleece in the crown to make sure the new fronds will not be killed off by sustained low temperatures or heavy snow.
My Acacia dealbata is covered with masses of yellow buds which I look forward to seeing open soon. The very good summer of 2018 will have boosted flower bud development in shrubs and trees so, fingers crossed, they make it through to flowering and don’t get decimated by heavy frosts.
I took the opportunity while it was dry to start digging over the vegetable patch in preparation for spring planting. It wasn’t long before I was joined by our resident robin, hopping about in the hope of a few worms coming his way. Next job will be to visit the local stables which supplies well-rotted horse manure, and start spreading it in the potato patch and through the mixed borders.
I was also delighted to see the hellebores waking up and starting to flower. A little maintenance is required now which involves cutting away last year’s decaying leaves while taking care not to snip away any new shoots of buds.
If you don’t have any, this is a good time to purchase them and they will keep going until April or even May – it’s hard to think of another plant that gives such good flowering value.
If you are out and about, there are some choice plants to admire at the moment – the witch hazels are producing their spidery flowers and Chimonanthus praecox’s waxy lemony blooms emit a beautiful scent at this time of year.
So, whenever the weather permits, get yourself outdoors and enjoy nature’s rejuvenating powers!
Wintersweet (chimonanthus) would cheer anyone in winter’s darker days Witch hazel flower in full bloom A flowering mimosa (acacia dealbata) in all its glory
This year’s garden scourge – petty spurge