As we look forward to spring and all the new growth and work this undoubtedly follows we have a change to look back and review some of the events of the past few months.
February is the month to catch snowdrops and winter aconites in their full glory.
Eranthis hyemalis, commonly known as winter aconite, is one of the earliest flowers to make an appearance in the winter garden, where it provides a welcome splash of colour and makes an ideal partner for snowdrops, hellebores and early crocuses.
Their bright yellow, buttercup-like flowers can cheer up any dull day. Being sensitive to warmth the flowers will remain tightly shut until the temperature rises, but they are fully hardy and can happily survive a fresh snow cover unharmed.
This member of the buttercup family (Ranunculaceae), native to woodland habitats in Minor Asia and Europe, is perfect for naturalising under deciduous trees and shrubs. They prefer humus-rich, well drained but not dry soil. In summer the plant goes dormant, with the foliage dying back completely.
Winter aconites can test your patience, as they’re often slow to establish, but give them time and you’ll be awarded with a spectacular, bright yellow carpet.
It’s best to plant the tubers “in the green”, ie. while still in leaf. Dry tubers obtained in autumn can be trickier to establish and should be soaked in lukewarm water for 24 hours, before planting them 5cm (2-3”) deep. Seeds should be sown as fresh as possible and they’ll need at least one period of frost to germinate.
web sales service even better!
To keep our website's availiability list up to date to give you the best possible service we have spent the winter updating our entire stock systems to provide the lastest information on our current stock levels. This will enable us to monitor which plants need propagating when.
The plants that I received from you were first class, really pleased with them.
Mr. Brennan, Merseyside. Feb 15
‘Thank you very much for the plants we ordered… they were all very healthy plants and arrived very quickly’
Mrs Bews (Poulton-le-Fylde) Feb 15
Handbook - back to our roots
An updated and revised version of our popular Handbook, with lists of plants suitable for specific growing conditions and an A-Z of Beth’s plants descriptions, will be back in print shortly... watch this space!
This year we’ve decided that by reprinting the popular Handbook, producing a weekly Newsletter and focusing on keeping our website updated with plant descriptions, prices and other relevant information, our printed price list is redundant. We regret any inconvenience it may cause customers unfamiliar with the Internet. For those of you without Internet access, wishing to place on order by post or over the phone, please telephone 01206 822007 ext. Shop.