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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Make your garden come alive in winter with these suggestions

Winter has arrived; coats are out, scarves are being sold in stores and as the weather gets colder, more and more people like to plan ahead.

For most people, this is the time to start chopping wood and storing it safely so that their fireplaces are equipped enough. But if you are a keen gardener then this is the best time to start building your “winter wonderland” in your back yard.

Winter should not be a time where we prepare our garden only for Christmas. Instead, we must take into consideration that once the Christmas holiday is over, we still have a good two months of cold weather before Spring arrives.

The hardest part is to find time – especially around Christmas time – to maintain our gardens. Holiday obligations tend to take a lot of our time, but it really only requires 4-5 hours a week to maintain a beautiful landscaped garden.

If a garden is monitored and taken care of properly, you’ll see most of it thrive throughout January, which is the coldest month of the year (and planting seems almost impossible). Therefore, as mentioned in previous blogs, January is the time to organise your shed and prepare for spring.

The following flowers have an exquisite aroma and colours so vibrant that can bring a bit of warmth in the winter.

Winter Jasmine

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What a stunning plant this is and definitely one of our favourites. The fragrance it produces is simply euphoric. It can thrive through the nasty British weather and reach a pretty good height.

 

Heather

Heather is fantastic for winter but must be planted between September and October. It comes in different variations such as pink, purple and white. DECOR TIP: Place a pot of Heather on your balconies or entrance door to create a beautiful ‘warm’ feeling.

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Viburnum

Look no further if you want to add powerful fragrance and beauty in your garden between autumn and spring! This plant is so easy to grow and doesn’t really take much caring. All you need to do is decide where to plant it and watch it grow in days. BUYING TIP: The pink budded flower is the most common version of this flower and it’s called “Eve-Price”.

Hellebore

This white and red flower is best used in rich soil that has a lot of moisture. The key thing with Hellebore is to place them somewhere where there’s not much wind. They thrive if planted between trees and bushes.

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Extra Tips:

As requested, these are our suggestions for winter balcony flowers!

  • Winter Balcony Flowers
  • Erica Carnea (Winter Heather).
  • Ornamental Cabbage
  • False Holly
  • Swiss Chard
  • Coral Bells

 

And don’t forget you can enter our Christmas Contest by liking our post on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.