Oh how lovely the Perennial garden looked in the summer! But winter is upon us now and the staff at the Perennial have shifted gear and have their woolly hats on.
Winter means we are actively working in the garden putting in the perennials, planting bulbs and splitting plants that have outgrown their space. That’s on a good day and when it rains we are in the poly tunnels propagating, tending the winter salads and doing the tasks we all love to hate – cleaning and repairing the tunnels themselves.
With Christmas in mind we have also been making natural ‘eco-wreaths’ with berries the birds can eat after the festive season is over. We are also potting up bowls of hyacinths and forcing them ready for our customers to buy as Christmas and New Year gifts.
Don’t neglect your garden in the winter. Whilst we would advocate leaving much of the dead foliage and stalks in the garden as winter refuges for wildlife, we can all do some clearing, tidying and take a fresh look at the garden layout.
Did it work well this year? Does anything need to change? And of course this is the time of year many plants are dormant and it is possible to move them. The perennial’s resident expert Gill Lewis is always happy to give you advice if you pop by.
Our Gardener’s Corner afternoons will start again in February. These are relaxed classes to increase your gardening/propagating/plant rearing skills (lubricated by tea and cake). The Perennial and Life Seeker websites and social media will have more information in the New Year.
You’ll also be able to sign up in 2019 for our willow weaving courses with Clare Revera (25th April – Garden Structures, 23rd May – Baskets, 18th July – Duck/Hen). Samples of what you can make are on display at the Perennial. Courses cost £75 per person.
The Perennial’s cosy café is still open (Fridays- Sundays through til 1st Jan). We have many, many gardening books you can consult in our café ‘library’ if you want to read up on what to do in your garden in winter. You can enjoy a pot of tea or coffee and a homemade cake whilst you read. If you want lunch, our current special offer is soup and sandwich (garnished with our home grown leaves) for £6.50.