Finally the weather has warmed up and so has the soil so plants are bursting [...]
December Gardening TipsCreated by Jane Jackson in Being You, Home and Garden
So it is nearly time to deck the halls with boughs of holly so look to your garden to make wonderful natural trimmings. Just before you do that there may be a few jobs left in the garden.
It is that time of year when there is nothing quite like a crisp bright frosty morning, asthma when Jack Frost has left its beautiful display on our trees and plants, take time to enjoy.
- Leaves are still falling and so need to be racked up and added to the compost or put in bags for leaf mulch.
- Cut off the leaves on the Hellebores to allow fresh new growth .
- Cut back the Wisteria to two buds.
- It is a good time to take hardwood cuttings of shrubs.
- Prune back tall Roses to prevent damage in the wind.
- Plant bare rooted Roses.
- If you have planted pots of Hyacinths now is the time to bring them in to the warm
Lots of gardeners will be busy pruning this month, the general rule of thumb is to prune shrubs that flower before June straight after flowering any others that flower after June prune in the Winter. Epimediums need to have their leaves cut right back to ground level, which will allow you to seeing the delicate flowers when they pop up in the Spring and encourages new growth.
All that needs to be done now is to settle down with a nice cup of tea, and decide what you are going to give the gardener in your life for Christmas. There is always a new greenhouse or a welly-rack!
I would like to wish all gardeners a very Happy Christmas and Happy Healthy New Year.