I always get excited at this time of year! The days are gradually getting longer, the snowdrops and hellebores are in bloom and I’ve that happy feeling that spring is just around the corner.
Mind you, the forecast for the coming week is rather grim with plenty of snow expected (or already arrived) in most of the country. If you do get a lot of snow, brush it off heavily laden evergreen plants to help prevent the branches breaking under all that extra weight. If at all possible, try not to walk on the snow covered lawn unless you really have to. Indoors, I’d suggest moving houseplants away from the windows on very cool nights so they don’t get too chilled.
In the meantime, I’m getting my Golden Gark ready for any snow clearance, my Winter Trax for walking through the snow and ice as well as keeping the bird feeders fully topped up. If it doesn’t get as bad as predicted, I’m hoping to sort out my greenhouse, start heating it and get everything ready for sowing the first seeds of the season. I’ve some rather interesting new varieties of tomatoes (plum-shaped Rosada and cherry sized Sakura) to test this year. I bought the seeds from a specialist nursery at a RHS London show last autumn and they sound mouthwatering. I can’t wait to start growing them!