Win­ter work­ing

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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

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