THINGS TO DO

Cornwall Life - - GARDEN MASTERCLASS -

In­stant colour goes a long way in win­ter and pots filled with bur­gundy red skim­mia, scented Christ­mas box and vi­o­las add an in­stant splash of colour. The range of win­ter colour pot-fillers grows ev­ery year with ev­er­green grasses for those with ur­ban tastes or cot­tage gar­den clas­sics like prim­roses and pan­sies. All can be planted now – pro­vided the com­post isn’t frozen. On the veg plot, har­vest sprouts from the bot­tom of the stems up and with cab­bages, leave the trunks of the plants in slic­ing an ‘x’ with a knife across the sev­ered ‘trunk’ to reap a sec­ond smaller crop of col­lards later in win­ter. In­doors, keep house­plant cy­cla­men cool, in a bright spot and wa­tered from be­neath for the longest-last­ing flow­ers. Don’t for­get our feath­ered friends at this time: with ever fewer berries and nuts in the hedgerows, birds mi­grate into our gar­dens look­ing for food. Robins, wrens and black­birds ap­pre­ci­ate high-pro­tein snacks like meal­worms, while tits and finches love seed mixes, es­pe­cially those with plenty of sun­flower hearts.

If you do just one thing…

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