November Gardening Blog

The festive season is now upon us and this can be seen on the Shopping Village by the vast expanse of lights and the installation of the 24ft high Norway Spruce Christmas tree taking centre stage. The team install one and a half miles of lights to ensure Trentham looks its best for Santa's arrival.

Jason, our current HBGTP Trainee has made a festive Christmas wreath that can be seen hanging on the secret garden door in the show gardens and Callicarpa bodinieri var giraldii ‘Profusion’ with its jewel like berries looking amazing in the winter wildlife garden and provide a food source for the birds.

In the Rivers of Grass, the team have been clearing clumps of weed grasses and splitting and dividing from areas that need invigorating to enhance flowering for next year and to fill any gaps. The area recovered remarkably from the floods as they were intended to by Dutch designer Piet Oudolf.

Dahlia’s have now been blackened by the frost and are ready to be cut back, lifted, cleared of soil, dried and stored in dry compost in a frost-free area until spring when they can be potted up for the coming year.

Now is a good time to sit by the fire on a cold evening browsing the seed and bulb catalogues in preparation for next year’s display in the garden. Taking photos of the garden throughout the year can help with choosing new plants and is a good way to reflect on the past year.

You’ve worked hard all year and so have your tools, now is the time to give them a bit of tender loving care. Wash any grime and debris off your tools with warm, soapy water being careful of any blades. Attend any repairs, sharpen and oil……ready for next year’s garden activities.

Next month we will look at how we can make a garden look amazing in the winter months by the use of structural planting/ winter flowering shrubs such as the exquisite Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Arnold Promise’ and Lonicera fragrantissima.