December

              Welcome to December - it would seem that some true winter weather is on the way this month. Do not forget to wrap tender perennials up with frost protection fabric at this time of year. 

                As gardens go to a dormant state there are still jobs to do, particularly before ice and snow arrive.

             •We are now open on Sundays until Christmas from 11 am onwards 

             •We have a full range of sizes of Christmas trees in stock - please give us a call for prices and delivery days if required

           • We are taking orders for Christmas advent rings and wreaths - phone our floristry department (0207 937 0481) to discuss your requirements.

           •Our selection of spring-flowering bulbs has been selling very well with only a limited range of loose bulbs and pre-packaged colour-themed mixes left in stock now

           •Our selection of tools from Spear & Jackson, the Kew Gardener collection, is one of the best available and has proved to be a great success with our landscapers and customers.        

           •Our cards from the Natural History Museum's Archivist collection are both beautiful and inexpensive and provide a lovely way to send a message with a floral gift. We have added ten new designs from Blume editions to add choices to our range which are equally as charming

           •We stock all the necessary components for irrigation systems from both Hozelock and Gardena

           •The box tree caterpillar continues to be a serious problem in this area. Check all your buxus plants and take action if necessary as soon as possible, because delay will result in you losing your favourite plants or topiary. Be aware that this problem will likely re-occur when the weather warms up again and that you should continue to monitor the situation. In addition buxus blight seems to have been exacerbated by the relatively mild winter - perhaps it is time to think of planting alternatives, such as ilex crenata

            •Think about removing leaves from lawns and borders as December gets under way - and cut back any perennials that may have finished for this year.

            •Winter-flowering hellebores have arrived and they continue to provide long-flowering winter cheer that is a positive addition to any garden

            Time to enjoy December evenings which may give us time to think of the next gardening year. We wish everyone a very happy Christmas! Stay warm!

            Richard Hood