•COLOUR BOOST Look out for some seasonal colour to brighten your winter garden and containers, opt for small potted bulbs, including Narcissi ‘February Gold’ and Galanthus (Snowdrops, pictured with bee), Primroses and Polyanthus, winter-
Also, don’t forget the spectacular snowdrop “drifts” in Evenley Woods, just a short drive from the Garden Centre. Further details and opening times at: www.evenleywoodgarden.co.uk
•PLANTERS Good drainage is the key to successful plant growth in pots. Make sure your containers are not becoming too waterlogged; the drainage holes must not become clogged up otherwise problems will occur. Lifting the base of the pot onto pottery feet should help (available in terracotta and glazed in small and medium sizes in our outdoor pots area); alternatively stand the pot on gravel or shingle.
•GO GYO Make a resolution to grow your own vegetables this year and if it’s your second season, throw down the gauntlet and grow even more varieties this year! Start the ball rolling by securing your seed potatoes over the next few weeks. Demand is likely to be even higher than last year, so do your homework, plan and buy as soon as possible. When you have purchased your seed place them in a light, cool, frost-
•PREPARE FOR SUMMER No sooner than the spring bulbs decide to pop their leaves tentatively through the cold soil, we now need to think about those glorious summer bulbs and get them sourced and planted. It’s still a tad early for Begonias and Dahlias, although they can be started off under warm glass if that’s available, however, the likes of Anemone cornaria ‘De Caen Mixed’, Liliums such as ‘Stargazer’ (pictured), Freesia and Gladiolius can be planted next month onwards in well-
•TO SOW NOW If you have somewhere sheltered and with a well-
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