As the days grow shorter and the weather becomes cold, frosty and wet, it is really not the weather that motivates us to get out in the garden – but there are still jobs that can be done! However, if you don’t feel like donning the wellies and jacket, why not take an afternoon off to visit us at Christies? We have lots for the garden and whilst you are there, treat yourself to a warm drink, homemade cake or delicious meal in our Teapots Restaurant.
What to enjoy:
Christmas! It is on everyone’s mind this month and plants make great Christmas presents. Our Gardening Team will help you choose the best plants and even plant them up in pots and tubs for an individual gift.
Your Christmas Tree! If you haven’t already got your Christmas tree, then come and choose your own but hurry as we only have one delivery so when they are gone, that’s it! Taking a cut off the base of the trunk will allow water to absorb and prevent needle drop. We have a range of tree stands available which will hold water.
We also deliver – ask a member of our staff for help and details.
Garden birds. There is nothing more relaxing than watching the garden birds on a bird table or feeding station from the comfort of your warm armchair. Don’t forget to feed them througout the winter; berries and other food is becoming scarce for them now and they will need all of their energy to survive the winter months. Fresh water should also be made available for them.
What to plant:
If we’re lucky, and the ground is not frozen or waterlogged, you are still able to plant shrubs and deciduous trees in January.
Our beautiful Christmas wreaths and posies are now available. These are all handmade by our staff at Christies.
Reduce watering of houseplants now. We have a great selection of indoor plants; orchids are very popular and easier than you think to look after. But the plant of the month has to be the Poinsettia, the true Christmas plant.
Check greenhouse heaters are working.
Prevent ponds and standpipes from completely freezing during very cold weather. Insulation and frost prevention can all be found here at Christies Garden Centre.
Pruning of acers, birch and vines before Christmas will prevent bleeding. You can also prune open grown apple and pear trees.
We stock a great selection of garden tools and gloves to assist you in your December gardening jobs.