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Month by Month
A regular column by Lauren Wall of Hollybeck Nurseries
Tis the Season to be Jolly and Garden!
It may be hard to believe, but under all the bare stems sad looking shrubs, there is a lot going on beneath the surface. Plants are conserving their energy ready to emerge with life in the Spring. Until then, there is not much to be doing in the garden, which is good to know on these cold winter days. However, when you are in the gardening mood, here are our top tips on what you can be doing this month;
• Ensure winter frost protection is in place where needed and working sufficiently
• Check the greenhouse heater is working
• Take hardwood cuttings now
• Reduce watering of houseplants, only water when absolutely necessary
• Prune apple and pear trees (do not prune espaliers)
• Acers, Silver Birch and Vines can be pruned now to prevent bleeding
• Harvest any winter cabbage, leeks, radish and parsnips
Add a splash of colour to your garden with our wide selection of colourful annuals, or why not brighten up your home with a colourful indoor arrangement? We have a great selection of houseplants and decorative indoor planters to choose from.
What better way to start your Christmas shopping than with a 10% off event! Starting Sunday 13th to the 20th December, enjoy 10% off all* giftware. *Promotion excludes already discounted items
Breakfast with Santa starts Sunday 6th December 9:30am-
Get creative with our Christmas Floral Arrangement Making workshop at 3:30pm on Monday 7th. For £15 per person you can create a beautiful centre piece for your table to impress all your guests. All equipment is included in the price. Coffee and mice pies are also included. Booking is essential.
Last minute deals! The nursery will be open until 12 noon for those last minute purchases. Please note the tearoom will not be open.
Chris, Trudy, Helen and all the team at Hollybeck would like to wish all of our customers a very happy Christmas and great New Year! The garden centre reopens on Sunday 9th January.
Enjoy your garden this month with Hollybeck!
• Harvest any winter cabbage, leeks, Raddish and parsnips
• On dryer days ventilate plants by removing fleece and cloches, but remember to replace before nightfall
• Plant fruit trees and bushes now (providing the ground is not frozen)
• Sow cauliflower, lettuce, turnips and summer cabbage indoors
• Deciduous trees and shrubs can be planted and transplanted now
• Insulate outdoor containers to help prevent cracking and frost damage
• Clean and ensure garden tools are still working before packing them away for the Winter
This time of year it is important to concentrate on frost protection. By doing this you will greatly reduce the risk of losing your plants to the cold and wet.
Why not add some winter annuals for an instant splash of colour. Rejuvenate tired pots and hanging baskets, you can even brighten up borders with a scattering of bedding plants. There are pansies, violas and Primroses still available to plant now!
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