Thoughts for the Winter Garden
- Wrap up your plants in Cold Spells
- Planting Spring bulbs in January
- Our Climate Change Project
- Special Days in February
Wrap up your plants
We all wrap up in warm clothes to protect us from the cold and if you’re growing plants in our pots they may need to be wrapped up as well. I checked the internet for some tips for preparing your plants for the winter or when we have cold spells – “to ensure they bloom again in Spring in all their glory” say the experts. If there’s a light frost the garden experts state “simply cover them with a sheet or blanket for insulation which apparently keeps warm air from the ground around the plant." For added protection plastic can be placed over the sheets or blankets if a hard frost is expected. The internet sites all state - never cover with just plastic as it will damage the plant. Another tip I found was to remove the blankets, sheets and plastic in the morning to avoid condensation build up which could freeze again under the covering.
Planting Spring Bulbs in January
Apparently, it’s not too late to plant some spring bulbs in January – “but get on with it” stated one garden centre tulips are very comfortable with being planted at this time. Crocus and narcissi are likely to do better in their second season than first if planted later than November. If you have a greenhouse, the gardening experts suggest these can be started in winter – Pot grown strawberries, Potted peppers and Potted tomatoes. Please check the internet for instructions as we are definitely not gardening experts – but can supply the pots of course!
Our Climate Change Project
Our Wild at Heart Pot and Box Project came about in January as like most people climate change has been on our minds a lot - causing havoc for wildlife and plant life, putting lives at risk and more recently the devastating fires. And so, for 2020 we decided to put together some designs that reflected our thoughts and caring wishes for all those affected.
We're making savings by firstly, sourcing our re-useable terracotta pots and saucers from Europe, mainly France, Spain and Italy. Secondly,. all our pots, saucers and wooden boxes are made to order – only our original design is photographed and then kept and offered at our twice a year sales. The designs include Animal Prints, Exotic Appeal, Orchids and Palms, Safari and Elephants – Look out for further additions to this Project.
January Flower of the month
The birth flower for the month of January is the carnation although the snowdrop is listed as an alternative. The carnation represents love.
Birthstone of the month
The birthstone for January babies is the garnet. The name is derived from the Latin “granatum” meaning “pomegranate” because the crystals resemble the fruit’s red colour and seed-like form.
Special Days in February
2nd Groundhog Day
5th Chinese New Year
5th World Nutella Day (my 2nd favourite)
14th Valentine’s Day
20th The Boss’s Birthday – my favourite day
Best Wishes from the PPP Crew.