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Happy New Year to All.  Whilst writing this I am clinging on to the last few weeks before I reach the big FIVE OH on Christmas Eve.  Where has that time gone?  The speed with which days, weeks and months go by, now fifty years seem to have gone by in a flash.  But, it is only a number, and hopefully the energy and enthusiasm to carry on growing the plants and developing the business will be there for a few more years yet.  As a family, we have had one arrival and one departure recently: our oldest son, Oliver, has left for Switzerland to do a Ski Instructing course, and has been replaced by an eight-week old bundle of black fluff called Oscar, our recently arrived Portuguese Water Dog.  One has gone off to learn about life, see the world and do something he is passionate about, the other needs to keep quiet at night, stop bullying our big Labrador and to definitely stop leaving me little presents in the morning!

Have you seen our new ‘Blue Room’ in the Coffee shop?  We were really struggling to cope in there during 2017 at busy periods, so we have created an extra seating area where our outside seating area was; at least it is now usable 365 days a year and not just when the sun is shining.  We will be creating a new outdoor area in the next month or two, as we appreciate many people use this facility, especially people walking their dogs.  So if you heard the tools working in November and have not been over yet, call in, Adam has made a fantastic job in a tight space.  We may even be able to use this room for parties, events and meetings, so watch this space.

Running our diverse business means January and February will see us at Harrogate Christmas Fair, the Spring Fair at Birmingham, Christmas World in Frankfurt and several suppliers showrooms in the UK and Europe buying stock for next Christmas.  It may see us in Holland and Italy buying plants as well as beginning to grow our huge range of seasonal plants on our Nursery.  The seasonal area will be transformed from Christmas into Garden Furniture and somehow I have to find more car parking spaces on site! Gardening in January and February is dictated by the weather more than most times of year, from a ‘doing’ point of view; there is still lots to get done, but there is also lots of opportunity to get some planning ahead done if the ground is frozen or waterlogged. 

Plants are generally dormant in the depths of winter, so it is the best time to do any structural work to them.  Pruning and Tree surgery is best done now, so the wounds can heal before the sap starts running again.  Moving plants - especially deciduous plants that have no foliage now - is recommended to be done now, whilst the plant is dormant.  Planting seed potatoes and broad beans can be done early if the weather is not too severe. 

Cleaning the greenhouse with a disinfectant now will help to keep pests at bay when the growing season kicks in, and getting the lawnmower and shears serviced and sharpened now will mean you are ready to go when the weather breaks.  Don’t be like everyone else and wait for the first cut; by the time you have got your machine back the grass will have grown two inches!

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Burton Latimer
NN15 5QA

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