Christmas is coming! We love Christmas here at Singletons however without John Singleton, it will be a difficult and sad time for us all. However, John loved Christmas and would want us all to enjoy the festive season so we will do our best to do so and make it our most magical Christmas yet! The handmade and homemade wreath making is well underway, our fresh, non-drop Christmas trees have arrived and our Grotto is ready for Father Christmas himself!
Winter is fast approaching, and now is time to make sure all plants, trees and shrubs that are not winter hardy are moved to a sheltered position and protected if necessary. Some plants only need to be moved into a sheltered corner or near a wall, this reduces their exposure to the frosts and any snow we might have. Some more tender plants will need to be moved indoors. Whether that be a greenhouse, a shed or
conservatory – plant dependent. Now is a good time to lift and divide established clumps of Rhubarb. Now is a good time to divide other clump forming, late summer flowering perennials such as Asters, Crocosmia and Anemones.
We still have a huge selection of winter bedding and shrubs – perfect to plant up seasonal containers including pots and hanging baskets. Our expert Horticulturalists are always happy to help and we have plenty or pots and baskets ready-made – it can’t be easier! Perfect for Christmas Gifts starting from only £9.99 – and they last a lot longer than a bunch of flowers!
Clear any remaining leaves from beds, borders and lawns. If not already, within the next couple of weeks, all remaining leaves will fall and hopefully this tedious job will be no more for another year.
Increase winter interest in the garden by adding shrubs and trees which are evergreen, have interesting or bright coloured bark or interesting growth habits such as Contorted Hazel or Cornus – We have a huge range in store and one of our experts will be happy to help you choose the right plant for your garden.
More quick tips:
- Continue feeding the birds and other wildlife, keep the animals well fed this winter.
- Make sure that greenhouse heaters are working and ready to go – if not already.
- Insulate outdoor taps to prevent from freezing.
- Lift and store Dahlia tubers when leaves have blackened from the frost.
- Spread fresh gravel or grit around Alpines.
- Fresh cut Christmas trees are now available, come and choose yours or get one of our Elves to help you.
- Choose your perfect tree! Tips to keep them alive for longer:
- Keep away from radiators or fires, ideally locate near a window or a cooler room/ part of the room.
- Keep them well watered. If you have a tree on a block, either place the block on a saucer and ensure there is always around 1cm of water in the saucer at all times – the wooden block will absorb the water and the trunk of the Christmas tree will take in the water from the block. There are also various stands available which accommodate water.
- Pick a Non Drop variety Christmas tree – this includes Normans and Nobles – we have plenty to choose from here at Singletons Nurseries starting from just £19.99.