DECEMBER brings a sparkle to the garden and early morning
frosts can create some stunning effects.
uncomfortable it may seem to us this winter wonderland scene but
it should not be missed. So get up and get out there before the
sun melts it away.
Spare a thought for the wildlife in your garden this winter
and hang a few bags of nuts or kitchen scraps. As you tidy the
garden leave a few areas of undergrowth such as long grass and
tick growths of ivy for smaller birds such as wrens, tits and
even hedgehogs to shelter in.
If you are finding it hard to
find the right Christmas present for someone, visit your local
garden centre for some last-minute shopping where you can
purchase garden tools, plants, garden accessories and much more.
The vegetable garden should be quiet now, apart from winter
cabbage, sprouts and cauliflower to be picked for dinner. Clumps
of chives, parsley, thyme, rosemary and oregano that were
protected from frost to encourage young fresh shoots can now be
used as garnishes and flavourings for the Christmas banquet.
Hardy evergreen plants for the garden such as viburnums,
mahonias and Portugal laurel make excellent backbone plants for
the back of the border under trees and will provide a pleasing
Viburnum tinus is a reliable evergreen bushy shrub that
freely produces an abundance of small flat-headed white blush
pink flowers from October until late spring. They thrive in full
sun or semi shade in deep fertile soil.
Pruning overgrown shrubs may be carried out as soon as they
have finished flowering in spring.