January Blues, that's what everyone seems to be talking about for the last few weeks. It's hard to get back into work mode after the Christmas period, and whether you're off for a few short days or the very long 2 weeks and 3 days that the children had off from school, it's still the holiday season. But we're nearly there, January is coming to a close and we're coming into February and shortly Spring season.
In the meantime, to help take away the last of the January Blues, I've put in a little inspiration for your garden. No matter what month you visit us here in Rockbarton Garden Centre, we always have colour.
Hamamelis or Witchhazel as it's more commonly known currently in stock with yellow catkins. They like a sunny spot in the garden and while they are slow growing they really do stand out during the winter months.
Mahonia's, are large growing shrubs, and fit very well in the shady spot of the garden. They have large yellow flowers during the winter months, and can start flowering from November right through until March.
Sarcococca is an amazingly scented shrub. As soon as you walk past it the scent just hits you.It can also be called Sweet Box or Christmas Box. It is an evergreen shrub with white flowers during the winter months followed by black berries.
There are flower bulbs just coming into flower here in the garden, including snowdrops and the first of the yellow crocus buds are shining through. I have to say, this time of year, I love the colour yellow, it is like a little sunshine through all the January Blues!
There is still time to plant bare root hedging and trees.
But I often get asked what is a bare root hedge and why should I plant one?
Simply put, bare root hedging, is hedging that is dug from the ground and sold directly to you the customer and you plant immediately in your prepared space. It is sold without a pot, so you can see the roots and the soil that is dug up with it. It is a cheaper option to put down a hedge rather than using potted plants, they are normally sold in bundles of 10 or 25. For example a laurel plant in a pot could cost you anything from €5 upwards, whereas a bare root plant could be from as little as €2. There's not really much in the price difference, but if you are putting in a long hedge, and you need 100 plants, suddenly that price difference could be €300.
You can only plant this type of hedging during the winter months, normally from November until approximately March. During these months, the plants are dormant, they are not growing as the weather is too cold and you can easily transplant them.
There are a number of different types of hedging available, such as whitethorn, laurel, beech, which comes in green or copper & hornbeam, just to mention a few. If you are thinking of planting a hedge, we can advise and supply the best type of hedge to suit your needs.
You can also get trees bare rooted during this time and the picture I have here is of some bare root fruit trees. We have different varieties, of apples, pears, plums and cherry trees currently stock. We can also source bare root trees locally if required. If you would like to purchase any of these items, or enquire about the best type of hedging to suit you, please give me a call on 0879911463.
Lynda is married to Bryan and they have 5 children, Together they have created a garden centre with the perfect plants, shrubs, trees and flowers to help you create the ornamental garden of your dreams !