January 2019 Newsletter
January – a perfect time for getting fresh air and exercise after the indulgences of Christmas. What better way to get this than gardening. And you can garden right now – whatever the weather there are gardening jobs to do both inside and outside.
Pantone’s 2019 colour of the year is ‘Living Coral’ and Nikki, Head of Horticultural is extending her flower range to mark this and new trends. We’ll be looking for inspiration at this year’s flower shows too.
We hope you have had a great Christmas and have a great 2019 from all at the Unwins team.
Head of Horticulture
Our top 6 jobs for the month
Plan your spring and summer garden with the help of the Unwins January catalogue which you can order here. Nikki outlines her colour trends to align with your character. You can start sowing now in propagators and heated greenhouses indoors if the weather’s frightful and still get your dose of gardening in. Sweet peas, salvias and lobelia seeds are all ready to sow now.
We send out our seed potatoes to you this month. They are perfect for you to prepare now for planting out in March. To prepare them just spread them out in a shallow tray or in egg boxes and put them somewhere light and cool like in a ventilated greenhouse . That’s it. They will form stubby stem bases on the potato skin, ready to produce shoots from March when you plant up.
Use your catalogue to plan what produce to grow at home. With uncertainties at large on costs of fruit and vegetables due the imminent leave of the EU, now may be a good time to start growing your own and being your own boss of the fruit and vegetables that you eat. We send vegetable plants to you at the perfect time for planting but you can guarantee supplies, ordering now.
January is a great time to plant bare-root specimens of strawberries. There is still enough time in winter for the roots to develop to support lots of flowering and fruiting stems arising in spring. Bare-root runners will arrive to you now for immediate planting into pots or in beds. We recommend you add Soft Fruit Fertiliser to the soil before planting to give your bare-root runners an initial boost.
If the weather is just too stormy to venture out in, even to the potting shed, you can always stay indoors and tend to houseplants. Repot houseplants getting too big for their container and refill with Houseplant Potting Mix made of wood fibres for an airy root environment with a perfect moisture-drainage balance. Snip off dead or damaged leaves and decorate pot surfaces with decorative grit.
Get involved in the RSPB Great Garden Birdwatch (26-28 January), an annual nationwide event that gets us all recording which birds are visiting our gardens. Send off for an information pack and help the RSPB with their on-going research. Want to attract colour birds with character into your garden? See our wide range of feeds, feeders and nestboxes.
Colour of the Year - 'Living Coral'
Pantone has launched its new colour of 2019 – living coral. Vibrant, alive and cheery it’s the colour you’re likely to see in flowers at the famous shows like RHS Chelsea and the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, donning the fashion show cat walks and featuring in the most home interiors.
Perfect for containers in a sunny spot
Beautiful hanging basket variety
Pretty perennial returning year after year
If you are keeping dahlia tubers for next year inspect them weekly for rot. Any moulds will quickly spread to neighbouring tubers so if you see an affected tuber dispose of it. Consider changing what your tubers are resting in. The medium needs to have a good balance of moisture to stop the tubers drying out but be dry enough that they don’t rot in cold damp. A fortnightly change of fresh compost should do it.
Expect the Unwins January catalogue to land on your doorsteps soon. This season we are excited to introduce colour trends so you can personalise your garden to fit your personality. See exciting new varieties like ‘Petchoa’ petunia and calibrachoa hybrids, hanging-basket beauty Tumbelina Crazy Ripple and a new well-performing peat-free New Horizon compost range for all your garden plants.
Pantone has launched its new colour of 2019 – living coral. It’s the colour you might just see studded in gardens at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, starring at the cat walks in the London fashion shows and donning the walls in trendy new homes. Watch this space and see flowers in our range that mark the hue Living Coral.