Goodbye October! Hello excitement!

Another month goes by and we are getting busier and busier! But we always find time (twice a week) to share something with you. First of all thank you, to all who entered our competition and worry not, there’s still plenty of time to enter via Facebook,Twitter or Instagram.

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On November 16th we will begin our draw which will announce a lucky winner each week until December 23rd. Stay tuned because Santa is dropping by your gifts this week and we’ll be teasing you with a few pictures!

Now let’s talk flowers shall we?

November marks the official end of summer as days shorten and the weather starts getting colder, preparing us for winter. This is the best time to plant your flowers.

Put your wellies on and start cleaning up your garden. Consider a bonfire party (a glass/pint of champagne/beer never hurt anyone) where you burn all leaves and this way you don’t risk any plant disease outbreak in the summer.

Since you have planted your fuchsias sometime in May/June you should take them inside and make room for new plants. Place them by windows so that they can absorb whatever sunshine is left throughout the day.

Start planting your bulbs now (especially tulips). The soil being cooler can help prevent fungal disease. Tulips thrive in good drainage!

Plant your amaryllis bulbs and place them in a warm courner in your house and watch them bloom in time for Christmas. This is also a great time for crocuses and alliums to be planted – if you haven’t done it already (Alliums are perfect for mixed-up decorations).

Grab a handful of bulbs and throw them up in the air. Plant them where they land, for a more natural look.

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When and what to plant; 12 months of tips.

Whether you have a busy lifestyle or a very relaxed one, planting flower seeds is an act of caring. You really ought to have a passion for creation in order to spend a few minutes of your time to create a picturesque corner in your garden or indoors.

But what and when should you be planting?

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Each month of the year is a wonderful opportunity to bring to life your favourite types of flowers. TBR Studio has put together this list for you.

 

 

January: Being the coldest month of the year, planting can seem almost impossible as the weather will almost definitely ruin the seeds. So, why not spend this time organising your garden; cleaning out your shed, buy the seeds and prepare the pots?

February: Towards the end of February – when the weather allows the occasional sunshine – start planting your daffodils, fuscias and primroses. At the same time, protect your plants from the snow and the frost to avoid any damage. Roses are the best seeds to plant in February.

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March: you will start observing the first few bulbs emerging from the ground as spring rises. You can notice a plethora of daffodils and roses towards the end of March (if you have planted them at the end of the February).

 

April: As the weather improves, you should really think about taking care of your lawn, to avoid any insects that might damage your plants. This is the best month to plant gladioli.

May: Keep mowing your lawn and make sure this is the time to plant wallflowers and foxgloves. Your greenhouse should be ventilated in order to protect your flowers from heat and humidity.

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June & July: You should by now have a colourful garden. This is a great time to move some of your flowers inside, for decoration. Avoid spraying delicate flowers because insecticide will ruin them. This is a great time to trim lilac and forsythias to embrace regrowth. Some of your tasks for July entail watering your flowers more frequently than before. Mow your lawn once a week and ensure that your flowers are trimmed for better results.

August: this is the month where you can sit back and enjoy the view. Your flowers definitely need plenty of water. In August you can plant colchicums in order to see them bloom in the Autumn.

September & October: after a blissful and colourful summer, you can now remove thatch from your lawn by raking it thoroughly with a springbok. Start planting anemones, bluebells and tulips and make sure your pots are fertilized before planting.

November: being the rainiest month of the year requires you to start tidying your garden by removing fallen leaves and burning them in order to avoid any diseases in the summer. Take your fuschias inside and make room for new plants.

December: We usually neglect our gardens at this time of year, as the holiday preparations take over. But imagine how well presented a garden can look for those amazing Christmas parties if you take a few hours of your time to create an awe-inspiring atmosphere.

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For more guidance and tips, drop TBR Studio an email (toby@tbrfloraldesign.co.uk)