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January 2018 Newsletter
How have you coped with the up and down weather this winter. Mild one week and bitterly-cold the next. Indeed it’s kept us on our toes here; on and off with the protective fleece in the garden is just one of tasks you may have had to keep on top of.
We hope you get your deserved rest before you start to garden again in earnest in March. We recommend you get into the shed, see what tools and gardening equipment you could do with replenishing and treat yourself to a purchase or two. The financial strains of January are now over so now is the time for some retail therapy. What do you say?
The Unwins team
Our Top 4 tasks for the month
1. Just sow stories
February is the month to start your green fingers into action again after the winter. Many seeds will germinate well from sowing indoors. Pick your favourite flowers from our February sowing list and start sowing now for earlier flowers than if you sow later in spring.
2. A toast to sowing
Vegetable seeds can also be started in February. Home-grower favourites like broad beans, lettuce and radishes are easy to grow from seed now. Just check the packet to see if they are happy sown straight away outdoors or best started off in a propagator inside.
3. Prepare for take-off
Placing supports like bamboo wigwams into borders now for space-saving climbers saves you the job of doing it later in the year when the garden calendar gets busier and busier. Take a look at some inspiring ideas online on quirky supports and the best of vertical gardening.
4. Train them young
Get first dibs on exactly the bedding you want you’re your 2018 garden. Ordering now lets you relax, safe in the knowledge that your favourites will arrive in spring to fill your garden with the colours, scent and textures you are after. Order online or from our colour-illustrated catalogue.
Influential plants for your garden
Wabi-sabi: The perfection of imperfection
The wabi-sabi movement is all the rage in the gardening world. Championing the acceptance of the imperfect and ever-evolving life wabi-sabi was big at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2017. Show gardens portrayed wabi-sabi well with the best of laissez-faire planting and you can take this home. Naturalistic planting has rubbed off on gardeners up and down the country. Here are some flowers to wake your inner wabi-sabi.
Verbena bonariensis – Tall stems grow in big numbers, bring in wildlife and give a prairie-like feel
Cosmos Sonata Mixed – Airy-fairy flowers among feathery leaves, effortless and naturalistic
Cornflower – A wildflower favourite. Planted in a part of lawn create a mini-meadow.
Keep an eye out for Diseases!