Wednesday, 8 January 2020

January in the Garden


The seasonal cleaning mission starts long before spring has sprung at Borde Hill Garden and it’s all hands on deck.

What we get up to this month is very much in the hands of the weather, but can range from dispersing worm casts from lawns in drier conditions, to turf repairs if it’s suitably mild. If it’s still chilly, (which is fairly likely), it’s important we make sure all the greenhouse heaters are in working order too. The glass must also be checked, to make sure as much light as possible is being let in on these shorter days. 

If conditions do turn out to be frosty, we must be extra vigilant not to walk on icy grass, as this can cause burn or scorch marks. Whereas if we’re not frozen or waterlogged, ground conditions will be suitable for established deciduous trees and shrubs to be moved. 

Elsewhere, regardless of the conditions we’ll be inspecting stored dahlia and begonia tubers for signs of fungal rot, and taking hardwood cuttings of Cornus and Salix.

We’ll also remove old and diseased hellebore leaves and continue with all the regular tidying and weeding of beds that happens year-round.

Beyond that any vacant plots will be dug, while in terms of planting we’ll be putting in bare root deciduous hedging plants and bare root roses. Like we said, no resting on our laurels around here.  

What to look out for in the garden this month 
Hamamelis
Lonicera x purpusii ‘Winter Beauty’
Sarcococca spp
Chimonanthus praecox
Mahonia
Prunus x subhirtella ‘Autumnalis’
Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’
Cornus mas
Iris unguicularis var. angustifolia
Abeliophyllum distichum