January in the Garden

January may seem a little dull and grey in the garden, but in reality it is an exciting time for fresh starts, looking ahead, and planning a beautiful garden for the twelve months ahead. Jobs in the garden this month are mostly about keeping things trim and tidy in preparation for the year to come.

Christmas Trees

By now Christmas decorations are packed away and trees taken down. However, if your tree has been dumped in the garden for the past week or so, why not recycle it. Christmas trees can be shredded into mulch to help keep moisture in during winter and protect tender plants from frost damage.

Cut Backs

January calls for clean sweeps and clearing collapsed herbaceous plants is a must-task. Leave most stems on your plants to provide a home for insects but chop out the bent stems and pile them in a corner so the bugs can snooze until spring.

In the Flower Garden

  • Prune your Wisteria and Rose bushes
  • Cut back ornamental grasses
  • Tidy up perennials
  • Remove Hellebore leaves
  • Deadhead winter Pansies
  • Cut back Willows

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Frost Protection

Keep tender plants in the greenhouse or in a cold frame if not done so already. You should also raise any containers on feet and keep them grouped against a house wall to utilise the warmer temperature.

Any terracotta pots that aren’t frost proof should be moved indoors or in a shed, failing that wrapping in bubble wrap or fleece should prevent cracking.

Planting and Caring for Fruit Plants

We’ve been lucky to have a fairly mild winter so far, and as the soil isn’t frozen this year January is a perfect time to plant bare-rooted fruit trees and bushes. You can also crack on with pruning currants and gooseberry bushes.

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Getting ready for Spring

  • Clean pots, tools, water butts and greenhouses in preparation for spring. this will set you up for a great growing season.
  • Start planning what you want to do with your garden in the months to come. Now is the time to order bulbs and plants from the comfort of your armchair.
  • Check your winter protection is still working for you – survey any stakes, supports and ties that might have been damaged in bad weather.
  • Continue looking after wildlife – put out food for hungry birds and continue to leave some areas of your garden uncut for shelter until the spring.

Pruning Apple and Pear Trees

How much:

  • Aim to take between 10-20% off the whole canopy in one winter. Work around the tree evenly and keep in mind that less is more – if you’re unsure, it’s better to come back to it next year and do some more then.

What to achieve:

  • The more you prune, the stronger the regrowth (if the tree is healthy). Your aim is to take out a bit of old wood each winter to stimulate new growth. The majority of fruiting wood should be quite young, one to four years old, as that fruits best.

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How and When to Plant Summer Bulbs

As spring approaches, it’s time to head outdoors and prepare your garden for summer blooms. Flowers categorised as ‘summer bulbs’ are flowering bulbs which grow and bloom during the summer, and so they are planted at the start of spring. Summer bulbs need warm weather and warm soil; a rule of thumb to remember is if it’s time for your tomatoes to go outdoors, it is also time to plant your summer bulb.

J.Parker’s Spring 2020 Collection is available to browse and purchase online NOW! So why not take a look our selection below of some beautiful summer bulbs, and kick-start the inspiration for your summer garden.

Begonias

How to plant: Begonias planted in beds which are enriched with well rotted or leaf mould will make a fine show. They should be started in shallow boxes in light soil; the saucer like tubers should be planted very shallow with the hollow side up. As soon as any danger of frost is passed then they can be transferred to their position in the garden at least 30cm apart.

Helene Harms

These cheerful sunshine blooms will add colour all summer from June to October. A perfect addition to patio pots or containers.

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Odorata Pink Delight

Well-known for its highly fragrant flowers, the Begonia Pink Delight produces an abundance of vivid pink blooms. Flowers throughout summer until first frosts.

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 Non-Stop White

These stunning white flowers bloom continuously throughout the summer months, contrasting against their glossy dark leaves.

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Dahlias

How to plant: Dahlia tubers can be planted 10cm deep in fertile well drained soil, outdoors in spring when the frost has disappeared. They prefer to be in a sunny location and spaced at approximately 45cm apart. In areas where there is extreme cold, dig up dahlias and store in a cool peat over the winter. Apply a high potash fertiliser every few weeks in summer and dead head when necessary.

Bilbao

Bilbao is a large, zesty yellow Dinner Plate Dahlia with flowers that really shine during the summer months. Flowers June to September.

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Bishop of Leicester

Bishop of Leicester produces beautiful pink petals and a golden yellow centre. The unusual dark foliage contrasts brilliantly with the bright flower.

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Cabana Banana

Cactus Dahlias produce pointed petals which turn backwards to create this stunning tubular effect. The Cabana Banana has a gorgeous creamy yellow flower with a subtle blend of pink.

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Lilies

How to plant: each lily bulb should be surrounded with a little sharp sand both under and above the bulb to keep slugs away and to ward off excessive wetness. As most liliums are stem rooting we strongly recommend you plant at 15cm deep. They give a much better display when planted in clumps of 3, 6 or 12 bulbs (45cm apart). Planting time is October through to April.

Foxtrot

This delicate pale pink Dwarf Asiatic Lily is compact, but produces masses of flowers on very sturdy stems. Flowering from June to August, they make a great summer border flower.

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Yellow County

Our Yellow County Asiatic Lily produces lovely lively yellow flowers, with a beautiful scent. Asiatic hybrid lilies are the easiest to grow and amongst the first to bloom.

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White Heaven

The pure white trumpet shape of this Longiflorum Lily is a delicate addition to any summer garden, and make for wonderful cut flower displays. Bloom from July to September.

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Gladioli

How to plant: plant gladioli corms about 10-15cm deep and about 10-15cm apart, in fertile/well drained soil. When planting in a heavy soil, place some sand underneath each corm to help with drainage. At Parkers we recommend planting Gladioli in groups at monthly intervals, starting early spring, to extend the flowering season for a display which lasts all summer long.

Adrenaline

Our Gladioli Adrenaline are a dazzling blend of pale pink, white, and purple stamens. They make a lovely fresh feature in any summer garden.

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Fergie

Fergie is a Butterfly Gladioli that produces tangy lime green flowers with a dramatic contrasting red in its throat. Like all Gladioli they are great for attracting bees and butterflies.

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Nanus Impressive

These Gladioli are true to their name, with amazing dark pink markings upon pale pink petals. The unique pattern certainly attracts the eye and flower from May until July.

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Our new Spring 2020 range is now available online. Get ahead and begin shopping for your Summer Garden now!

Alternatively, you can request a copy of our Spring 2020 Catalogue here.

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One lucky customer will be picked at random next week and the winner will receive a full refund for their order.

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    • The prize draw competition will run from 9am on Wednesday 8th January 2020 until 9am on Saturday 11th of January 2020 and only orders placed within this time are eligible for entry
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