DESPITE THE RAIN!

DESPITE THE RAIN!

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Having just experienced the wettest January in 100 years it seemed like a miracle to look out of the window this morning and see sunshine and blue skies.  But according to the forecasters this won’t last so enjoy it whilst you can.  As I see it the only plus side of the recent heavy rains is that if had been a lot colder it would all have been snow and up to now we have been spared that.  Also the days are getting longer and we gardeners are beginning to get a lift in spirits in the certain knowledge that spring isn’t too far away.  If you are planning to venture into the garden be very careful, the ground is very wet and compaction could be a problem. 

Whilst walking past a neighbour’s house I was delighted to see his winter jasmine is breaking into flower.  This plant is a real star with its abundance of glorious yellow flowers.  It also wins by being fully hardy but does appreciate if possible some protection from cold winds.  Prune hard as soon as it has finished flowering and tie in new shoots as they grow.

If and when the weather allows and if, and only if, the soil isn’t too wet or frosted you could take the opportunity to finish any winter digging.  By adding plenty of organic matter you will be helping to break up heavy clay or helping sandy soil to retain moisture. 

Don’t be lulled into a sense that because of the appalling weather all garden tasks can be put to one side.  Admittedly these are the days when the place to be is a warm, cosy shed or greenhouse.  Better weather will come eventually so make sure that you will be ready for it by checking that all your garden tools are clean and in working order.  A good idea too is to take your lawnmower in for servicing.

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