Tom’s Winter Gardening Diary

Hello. Welcome to Tom’s Winter Gardening Diary. How has your winter been my friends? Our winter has been fun. Last year we decided to plant more bare-root hedgelings so we were very excited when bare-root plants became available. We had some delivered in December. And then it snowed. I love snow. And then it was Christmas. I love Christmas. And then it was my birthday. I love birthdays. I’m three now.

Bare-root hedgelings

We found a fantastic supplier of bare-root hedgelings – ScotPlants Direct. It’s the first time we have bought plants online and ScotPlants Direct were first class. Brilliant online ordering, email updates of the orders progress, delivered nicely packaged in good condition and on time by our favourite delivery company. And we were delighted to receive top quality, healthy hedgelings.

But oh gosh, the mummy timed the order very well indeed. Our bare-root hedgelings arrived at the same time as the snow. Woopsadaisy. We couldn’t plant the hedgelings in the snow and we didn’t know how to keep the hedgelings in the tip top condition they arrived in. So the mummy telephoned Scotplants Direct and asked for some advice. They were very helpful and advised unpacking the hedgelings from the box they arrived in, putting some compost in a big bucket and placing the roots of the hedgelings in the compost, but not to water them. Then store the hedgelings in the woodshed out of frost and direct sunlight until we are able to plant them. And that’s what we did.

Thank you ScotsPlants Direct. We think you are brilliant.

Our beautiful Hornbeam and Hawthorn hedgelings in a bucket of compost, ready to go in the woodshed. Check the size of them! They are as big as the hedgelings we planted 2 years ago …

A few days later the snow had disappeared and the ground had thawed so we were able to plant the hedgelings …

A row of Hornbeam hedgelings at the edge of the planned Rockerherbery (see below)…

Hawthorn hedgelings were added to the perimeter of the woodland garden where we also have guelder rose. The theme of the woodland garden is ‘wildlife friendly’ so the birds will love the Hawthorn and Geulder rose hedge …

Snow days

One morning I woke up at 4am because there was snow sliding off the slopey window in our bedroom. IT WAS SNOWING. I just had to wake the mummy up. MUMMY. SNOW. I was so excited. Tillie wasn’t. She stayed under the duvet. She likes it under the duvet. But I had to go outside and play in the fresh snow. It was so much fun. I think mummy had fun too out in the garden at 4am wearing just her pyjamas and slippers. Unfortunately she didn’t have the telephone with her to take photographs so here’s a few from later in the morning …

Me standing in the snow, contemplating ….

SNOW ZOOMIES …

WEY HEY …

WOO HOO …

SUPERTOM DOES SNOW ZOOMIES …

Here’s Tillie in the snow with her jumper and a winter coat on top …

Snow on the conifers. Very Christmassy …

My birthday

It was my birthday on 25th January. Burns day. I’m three now. It’s Tillie’s gotcha day on 13th February so we both decided to get a joint present for our garden that we can all enjoy. ย We choseย to get some bare-root fruit trees to start an orchard in the edibles garden. The mummy also baked some apple, blueberry and pear muffins and we had a home cooked fishy supper for dinner. Yummy.

Here I am with my birthday muffins …

And here I am with cream cheese on my face …

Tillie & Tom’s Orchard

I love apples and we already have 2 small apple trees in the garden. I like to harvest the apples as soon as possible. Usually in July. Apparently I should wait until September. Woopsadaisy. We got 2 more apple trees, a plum tree and a pear tree for our orchard. We bought them as bare-root trees and planted them on my birthday. It was fun. I can’t wait to enjoy the blossom, watch the fruits grow and pick the fruit.

Here I am walking round our orchard, looking for my green ball. Can you see my green ball? …

Tillie checking out our orchard …

Big plans

We have some big plans for the garden for 2018. First will be Tillie’s Rockerherbery. There is a stone area outside the kitchen which had lots of self-seeding yellow poppies, ladies mantle and some other shrubs and plants. It had become very scruffy and wasn’t used much so we edited the area ready to make Tillie’s Rockerherbery. There were some pretty plants including alium’s too so anything pretty got relocated to other parts of the garden. Tillie’s a bit of a rock chick and she loves herbs, hence the name Rockerherbery. Also, the design of the Rockerherbery will be similar to a rockery. A rockery for herbs. Tillie thinks Rockerherbery sounds more rock than a hippy inspired name. We use fresh herbs a lot in our home cooked dinners and baking so it will be brilliant to have more in the garden.

Here’s Tillie looking over her Rockerherbery to be …

Well my friends, that’s all for Tom’s Winter Gardening Diary. Join me next time when the garden will be ‘springing’ into action.

Bottoms up and happy gardening.

Tom x

And happy gotcha day to my beloved Tillie xxx

Tom

Dreaming of owning a bakery shop where everybody buys cookies. For me.

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