December: Dashing through the snow

Hi,

It’s that time already. The last month of 2022 has arrived. It may be cold and the days may be short, but we’ve got a new year to look forward to which means more opportunities to get back out into the garden and growing.

It was great to be back at the Ideal Home Show Christmas where I shared the magic of plants over Christmas, including orchids, poinsettias, and of course Christmas trees. If you’re looking for houseplants for Christmas, look no further.

When it comes to choosing your Christmas tree, here are some tips on how to pick the perfect one. Then, to keep it looking it’s best throughout the festive season, use these 5 top tips to maintain your Christmas tree.

For outdoor inspiration, check out my top ten plants for this month, and specifically for shrubs for winter shelter for wildlife, here are some of my top picks.

This month you can see me join Alan on Love Your Weekend on ITV on Sunday 11th and on Boxing Day where we’re getting festive and sharing tips on cosy New Year’s plans. In the meantime, to see more of the behind the scenes of my garden, take a look at my YouTube channel.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

David

Gardening tip of the month

As an RSPB Ambassador, here are a few tips to get your garden bird ready with food, water, and plants that will keep them happy.

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Kit out your garden with a variety of bird food, depending on the usual visitors. Seeds, suet or fatballs are all great contenders for birds.

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Place the bird feeders somewhere quiet, safe, and sheltered. You can also hang them near roses to attract birds that will pick off any pests overwintering.

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Keeping the feeders clean is important to stop diseases and infections spreading. In a bucket, use warm soapy water and a long bristled brush to scrub the feeders.

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Remember to add fresh water daily so birds have a clean place to drink and bathe. Whether you have a bird bath or a dinner bowl for our flying friends to visit.

Watch this…

Find out how to care for orchids and what to do if a new stem grows from the parent plant – these are known as keikis. Watch the video for more…

Win…

Each week between now and the end of 2022, I’ll be giving away 2 signed copies of my book. To enter, all you need to do is subscribe to my YouTube channel.

Watch this…

Once the festive period is over, here are some tips on how to plant out your pot grown Christmas tree so you can carry on with the Christmas spirit for years to come.

Top plants

Make December delightful in your garden by creating a winter wonderland with these tops plants that offer flowers and foliage through the winter months.

Giveaways galore

Be in with a chance to win a Yard Force 7.2 Grass & Hedge Shear which is a lightweight and compact tool, designed to manage hedges and lawn edging.

Winter berries

As we move towards winter, our hedgerows and gardens become alive with the rich colours of winter berries. These plants can encourage birds to your garden too.

Happy houseplants

Be in with a chance of winning 1 of 5 sets of houseplant care items courtesy of Miracle-Gro® to keep your indoor garden growing its best.

Plants for a purpose

There is a huge range of shrubs available that offer winter interest, especially when it comes to places for wildlife to shelter, so take a look at my top picks.

Houseplants home tour

All of our homes differ in terms of style, and also with exposure to light and sun. Therefore, different houseplants will thrive in different rooms due to the difference in light and temperatures.

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Prime pruning

Use these tips to help you hard prune any overgrown shrubs and hedges to give your garden a little bit of TLC when they need it.

Here are the winners from November:

Winners of Needlefresh Christmas tree:

Alexandra Malos

Ali Burns

Carol Thornton

Elaine Charles

Chloe Farrow

Jan Smith

Maggie Jones

Julie Guy

Karen Morgan

Katie Boulton

Kevin Cattle

Kirsty Ford

Louise Adkins

Lucy Sandys

Lucy Judson

Nadia Standbridge

Sarah Mrowicki

Sarah Jane Jones

Su Brett

Tim Smith

Yard Force – Vita Tool Kit

Valerie Brown

OASE – IceFree Thermo

Mark Mccaffery

                Congratulations! Look out for even more prize draws throughout December…