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December and January Blue

Now that the festive season has finished and we are looking ahead to the new year.

We have welcomed lots of new visitors to the manor throughout December, who have taken part in our festive activities and visited the Christmas pop up shop.

Gardening that has taken place in December was the last of the spring bulb planting, which consisted of Daffodils,crocus and Tulips. These will create a beautiful spring display in the gardens, all of the bulbs have been gifted to the gardens by Taylors Bulbs.

Who we thank for there continued support throughout the year.

January is a equally busy month in the gardens, we are hoping that the rain will

stop and we can get outside to finish our new rose walk which will be filled with David Austin Roses and Peonies. This will be a delight for all our visitors in the summer months.

If you have received gardening gifts for Christmas you will be eager to get outside and I know the temptation to sow seeds is strong. Here at the manor the only flower seeds we sow in January are our Sweet Peas.

We wait until the end of February until we start to sow any other flower seeds as the daylight is poor and temperatures are not high enough. Which results in leggy seedlings.

There is still so much more to do in the gardens in January. any bare root bushes, fruit or flower can be moved and planted now. I also give all the fruit trees a prune in January. Ready for the next year. Vegetable wise we have sown garlic outside and indoors in the green house and sown the onion seeds. As with the flowers we don't do any vegetable sowing until late February. This gives us chance to get the vegetable beds ready and mulch up ready for the new season ahead.

We have released the new dates for this years garden openings and we kick off with the snowdrop event .

This will be a great event as last year the snowdrops and bluebells were spectacular. So we are looking forward again to showing off our beautiful displays.

As you are aware we were only open on a Sunday last year to the public, this year we will be open on a Thursday and Sunday, with the new addition of our plant sales area. This will be fully of seasonal plants to buy for your garden.

So whilst you are indoors thinking of what to do in your garden this year, resist the temptation to sow your seeds early and keep a look out for our gardening workshops. Which will be released at the end of January.

Here's to a Happy Healthy and Beautiful 2024

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