January: Turn over a new leaf
As we welcome 2022, we look forward to another year of growing a learning about what we can accomplish in our gardens. Whether you’re looking forward to growing the same as last year or want to set yourself a challenge, now’s the time to plan ahead.
Chase away any January blues with cheery blooms to lift your spirits with my top ten plants for the month. If your home is looking bare without a Christmas tree, replace it with a houseplant that you can enjoy all year round. Alternatively, if you don’t want to compromise on floor space, choose a hanging or trailing houseplant that can cascade down, and bring beauty to the space.
This month we also celebrate #HouseplantWeekUK from 10th-16th January, so I’d love to see photos of your prized indoor plants on social media. To celebrate beautiful blooms and houseplants, I’ll be giving away goodies everyday on my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram that will keep your indoor blooms thriving.
We saw 2021 out with a bang with so many incredible entries to Illumination Street sponsored by British Garden Centres group. Though it was hard for the judges to pick their festive favourites, you can read about the winners here and their dazzling displays.
Get your year off to a flying start by getting involved in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch which takes place from 28th – 30th January. I’ll be getting involved with the kids and seeing which birds we can spot in the garden.
Also, don’t forget that you can get some great tips to start the year on ITV on Sunday mornings from 10am on Love Your Weekend.
There’s plenty more excitement in store for 2022, so keep tabs on my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more plants, tips and projects to get stuck into.
Happy gardening and a Happy New Year!
Gardening tip of the month
This #HouseplantWeekUK, keep your indoor garden growing its best with these top tips…
Ensure your plants are getting sufficient light over the winter months and move them to a brighter spot if necessary until March when the days are longer and there’s more sunlight.
Keep plants looking uniform and dense by cutting back leggy growth of polka dot plants, inch plants and Chinese money plants which will also encourage new growth.
Plant amaryllis bulbs, watering and feeding regularly to encourage growth and you should have beautiful bold flowers on tall stems during the late winter months and early spring.
Regularly wipe the leaves of houseplants with a damp cloth to clear them of dust and debris so they can photosynthesise efficiently, look their best and help detoxify the air.
Prize draw winners
Here are the winners from December:
Yard Force Cordless Hedge Trimmer
Terracotta Water Tank
Miracle-Gro Push & Feed
Congratulations! Look out for even more prize draws throughout January…
David Domoney is a Chartered Horticulturalist, Broadcaster, and Author. David has worked with a number of the UK’s leading garden retailers as a plant buyer and strategic consultant. With more than 30 years experience, in horticulture, David is as passionate about plants now as he was when he bought his first plant at a village fete.
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