I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and Happy New Year to all. At this time of year we close the garden centre on Christmas Eve for a couple of weeks to rest recuperate and spend some time with the kids and it’s been great, lots of movies, chocolates, wine, card games and board games. I can safely say that the that the thought of a perennial flower, a shrub or a bare root hedge has not crossed my mind for two weeks. However, the odd spark is starting to creep back in and lately I have been thinking about Snowdrops.
January is the month when Snowdrops start to flower. For those table quiz boffins among you, the Latin term for Snowdrops is Galanthus and there are over 2,500 different varieties of them! A Snowdrop enthusiast is known as a Galanthophile. Now, I’m no Galanthophile, but I do love to see their small nodding white flowers which for me signals that Spring is just around the corner and that the tide is turning in annual battle to escape grip of winter.
If you would like to see more Snowdrops, I would highly recommend going to Altamont Gardens in Carlow. It makes for a great day out and they run talks throughout the Snowdrop festival which runs from 1st February. Check out their website for more information. Jimi Blake from Huntingbrook Gardens in Wicklow, has been building his own collection of Snowdrops for a number of years and I believe he is re-opening his garden too. Burton House, near Athy also has a collection of Snowdrops and is open to the public. It is always good to see somewhere different, discover new flowers and planting schemes which might inspire changes in your own garden.
On the other hand, if you are in the mood for some January flagellation then feel free drag yourself away from that glass of Merlot and warm cosy fire to get out into the garden. Your flower beds and borders would benefit from being mulched with leaf mould or compost. You could also remove any weeds and give them an overall tidy up. If you are finished with your vegetable beds, these can be cleared and mulched or even covered to prevent weeds from growing until you are ready to plant in Spring. I’m not into that New Year’s resolution stuff, so I’ll probably just throw another log on the fire and watch from the sitting room window. I am a firm believer that New Year’s Resolutions should only begin in February. Now, where did I leave that glass of wine…….
As always if you need any help with the garden, just give me a shout,