A Winter Tour – Spring Bulbs, January Seedlings & Overwintering Annuals

It was only in November, that I filmed a little autumn tour of the garden and menagerie, but seeing as winter’s set in and there’s not a huge amount of growing to be done, I thought I’d follow up with a peruse around the garden again. And, surprisingly, there are a few development, with January seedlings, a few available vegetables and some overwintering annuals.

Winter’s a time when it becomes VERY easy to just stay indoors and ignore the garden, and I admit it – it doesn’t look very nice at this time of the year. I leave a lot of the fallen leaves in place throughout the season as a place for wildlife, so my garden normally looks very messy. But amongst the debris, the lengthening days are already stirring life.

For example, in the alpine troughs, the tips of Iris reticulata are appearing. Bulbs are shooting up in the borders and pots too; daffodils, tulips and alliums are all making an appearance. Meanwhile, though you might not think plants would be growing new leaves right now, that’s exactly what the heucheras are doing. In the greenhouse there are some cuttings sitting tight until warmer weather, and some overwintering annuals awaiting similar signs of spring.

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