Monthly musings from Moors Meadow - December 2013

Monthly Musings from Moors Meadow Gardens

The team at Moors Meadow would like to wish you a very happy healthy 2014.
It is good to be into the new year without too much winter weather though I do not go a bundle on this strong gusty wind and rain. At least when it is not raining it is quite warm and fine for the pruning and I hope there will be enough dry days in January to get this job finished. This includes clearing away the brash, doing the shredding and putting these shreddings on paths. I do have to keep walking around the garden clearing small branches which have blown down but happily so far the wind has not devastated anything too much.

Usually I leave pruning the apple trees until last after all the ornamentals but this winter I am alternating the pruning as the apple trees are mostly with the long arm loppers therefore quite a pain in the neck in more ways than one.

We have cut out another apple tree which was in the middle of a shrubbery, it had several dead branches and was not a good specimen. Next to it was a Euonymus which had gone tall and sprawling and started to grow into a Catalpa so we cut the Euonymus down to about 3 feet. It will bush out and fill a low gap and next to it we may plant something taller. The decision will be whether to plant a small tree or a big slow growing tree which by the time it is mature the other trees in the shrubbery will have aged and died. Whatever we plant it will be deciduous to allow some light to the smaller plants around.

I always think long term with planting even over many decades, I can't quite understand how some people lean towards the 'instant' gardening then imagine that is how the garden will stay. Gardens evolve, plants grow at different rates and they mature and die in different life spans, it is ever changing which to me is part of the interest.

It is getting harder to work any area of the garden as there are so many bulbs showing above ground so that we are constantly having to be careful where we stand and walk however this helps the feel-good factor with the thought of spring being not too far away.

jasminePlant of the Month: Jasminum nudiflorum - Winter Jasmine
Whenever we think of Jasmine it usually conjures up thoughts of a sweet fragrance however many of the 200 or so species are not aromatic. These shrubs and vines are from Asia and Africa and may be deciduous, semi-deciduous or evergreen and most of the ones which are scented are climbers. They usually have white, yellow or reddish-pink flowers.

Winter Jasmine is a rambling shrub from China growing to 6-10ft (1.8-3m) high with a similar spread. It like a cool climate and in winter and early spring bears bright yellow flowers on slender leafless stems. It prefers a well drained position in full sun. Prune after flowering and propagate by cuttings in summer.

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