Contractors are working on enlarging the car parking area and in making an area where we can safely unload lorries. Our drive is therefore not as clean as I would like, but it should be sorted out by the first few days of February. All is dependant on the weather. I apologise for any inconvenience that this might cause.
We have so far constructed 12 new plant benches for shrubs, 6 definitely, and hopefully 10 will be installed this week. These have a special sand base and will enable us to keep plants looking even better than normal. Work is well underway on producing 400 header cards which give key information about the shrubs. This information comes from our database of over 8,000 plant records which we have compiled in the last 30 years. To aid plant selection, we have added a small range of symbols. These highlight the suitability of plants for your soil, aspect and proximity to the sea.
Snowdrops and Aconites are out in full flower. The first batch of seeds have germinated and are growing away in our propagation area. Ribes laurifolium ‘Amy Doncaster’ has flower buds developed as though it was March. Spring is not far away! I have compiled my list of essential plants for replanting my garden. Is your’s ready yet?