Autumn Wreath Challenge Winner

As November comes to an end, so does our monthly competition! We would like to thank all of the entrants for joining in and helping make this year’s Autumn Wreath Challenge a success. So now, it’s time to announce our winner.

All through November, we asked you to create and make your own autumnal-themed wreaths. From berries, feathers and flowers, we received so many unique and amazing entries! Now, without further a due, our autumn wreath and £100 mystery plant prize winner is….

Nicola A.

“I’m finding It’s easy to get dragged down by all the miserable news at the moment so I seen your wreath competition and thought it was a great way to get out into my garden and clear my head. So I spent a lovely quiet morning surrounded by my cookie hens, gathering bits and bobs of autumnal colour from my garden and it was lovely to find a bit of solace .”

Nicola A. – Autumn Wreath Winner

Thank you all for entering, here are more of our favourite autumn wreath challenge entries:

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What to Plant in December

With the start of December comes colder weather and shorter days, but will that put us off pottering around the garden? Absolutely not! There’s plenty to do, so if you’re wondering what to plant in December, you’re in the right place.

From summer bulbs, to hardy shrubs, there’s lots to do and plant this month in your garden.

Begonias

Begonias are a summer staple. Now that you’ve decided what you want to plant for your spring garden, it’s time to give some thought to your summer garden! Begonias are colourful and bright – the perfect addition to any summer garden that are sure to give you that summer feeling.

Begonia Samba Mixed
Begonia ordorata Pink Delight

Tulips

Forgot to plant your tulips? Never mind, there’s still time to get them in the ground before the first winter frost. The former part of December can be just warm enough for the bulbs without causing any damage. Perfect for when you’re at a push!

Triumph Tulip Collection
Tulip Lasting Love

Strawberries

If you’re planning on growing your own fruit next year, then December is the perfect time to plant your strawberry plants in the ground. A brilliant choice for those with allotments. (Note: Our range of Strawberry plants are currently out of stock, but please check back in

Strawberry All Season Collection
Strawberry Everbearer Albion

Indoor Bulbs

If you’re still unsure of what to plant in December and none of the above tickles your fancy, then indoor bulbs could be your saving grace. These beauties are perfect for planting around September to December and you’ll see them appear in mid-late winter, depending on when initially planted.

Amaryllis Magic Green
Narcissi Erlicheer

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What to do in the garden in December

With the short days and chilly mornings upon us, winter has arrived. While it may be tempting to leave your garden alone during this period, it’s important to remember that there are a number of jobs that need to be done in winter to help your garden flourish in spring. Here’s our list gardening jobs to do this December to prepare your garden for spring.

Prune trees and shrubs

December is a great time to prune trees, shrubs and roses. It is best to cut out unwanted growth whilst the plant is dormant, since it’s easier to understand the shape and structure of the plant whilst it has no leaves. Plus winter pruned trees are less prone to disease.

Keep on planting

Yes, you can continue planting in December! The very best time of year to plant shrubs and trees is between early autumn to late Spring. Also, f you live in areas with milder winters, you can continue to plant spring-flowering bulbs, such as daffodils, tulips, crocus, muscari and fritillarias into the new year.

Make your garden wildlife-friendly

Local wildlife need all the help they can get during the colder months. If possible, add suet feeders around the garden/lawn, as they make a great source of energy for birds. Other foods that are perfect for birds include chunks of fruit, mealworms, or peanuts. Don’t forget to put out a fresh dish of water along with the bird food too!

More jobs for the December garden:

  • Tie back climbing plants
  • Tidy up the greenhouse ready to receive spring plants
  • A little weeding now will save time in spring
  • Mulch around trees, shrubs and herbaceous perennials
  • Build raised beds and fill them with good quality soil ready for growing your own fruit and veg

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