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Month by Month
A regular column by Lauren Wall of Hollybeck Nurseries
Winter is Here
The season of winter is upon us and Christmas is just around the corner. This is the chance to spend time with loved ones, fill up delicious foods and keep warm! However, if you can’t resist an hour or two in the garden, then here are some tasks to keep you busy this month.
• Ensure winter frost protection is in place where needed
• Check the greenhouse heater is working
• Take hardwood cuttings now
• Reduce watering of houseplants, water when absolutely necessary
• Prune apple and pear trees (do not prune espaliers)
• Acers, Silver Birch and Vines -
• Harvest any winter cabbage, leeks, Radish and parsnips
• Plant fruit trees and bushes now (when ground is not frozen)
• Sow cauliflower, lettuce, turnips and summer cabbage indoors
• Deciduous trees and shrubs can be planted and transplanted
• Insulate outdoor containers to help prevent frost damage
• Clean garden tools before packing them away for the Winter
The garden is not quite so inviting at this time of year, however, it can still be enjoyed. Ensure you do not lose any much loved plants by installing sufficient protection against frosts. Be sure to remove this on dry days to allow air to circulate and prevent damp.
Take time to enjoy the birds in your garden. They will be visiting feeders regularly now, filling up on high energy feed for the winter. Try looking out for birds you may not have seen before!
Does your garden lack colour and interest at this time of year? 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!
Plant of the month-
It has to be Clematis Taiga. A truly astonishing variety with an impressive display of fancy blooms. Developed by the Japanese, this climber produces unique flowers, providing colour from summer through to autumn. Reaching around 6ft in height, not only is this climber perfect in borders, but will thrive in patio pots also. Be sure to look out for this variety in your local garden centre soon!
We have a sensational selection of evergeen colour to brighten up the dullest of winter gardens. Browse our Skimmia, Leaucathoe, Helleborus and much more….
Bring the kids along for breakfast with Santa. Enjoy a family breakfast in the tearoom and all children under the age of 12 will receive a small gift (while stocks last) from Santa himself. No need to book, simply come along.
Come and see our fantastic selection of seasonal planters in store now. They make the perfect gift, plus they are a lovely treat to add a splash of colour in your home. If you still don’t find the perfect arrangement for you, we can make planters to order. Simply pick your pot, and we will do the rest!
The nursery and tearoom will close for the Christmas holiday at 12pm prompt 24th December. The tearoom will be open from 9am serving breakfast only. Last orders for breakfast will be at 11:30am.
We have the last few places remaining on our Afternoon Tea with Carols events, taking place on the 7th and 17th December at 4pm. For just £15.99 per person, you can enjoy an afternoon session of festive sing a long, accompanied by a delicious buffet style afternoon tea. Booking is essential.
Chris, Trudy, Helen and all the team at Hollybeck and the Topiary Tearoom, would like to to wish all our customers a very happy Christmas and a prosperous new year. We look forward to welcoming you back when we re-
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