Charting the progress on my allotment in Leeds, West Yorkshire.
Sunday, 27 January 2013
Cyclamens For January
I mentioned in one of my posts that I don't have much in the way of colour in my garden during the winter months. I had a comment, quite a while ago, telling me that the late Geoff Hamilton had once suggested going to a nursery once a month and buying something for the garden which is in flower. That way you know you're going to have something blooming in the garden every month of the year.
I've decided that I'm going to follow Geoff's advice this year. We had a great little nursery close by but unfortunately, it closed down last year as the owners were retiring. There's another nursery a little further away which I've visited in the past, but it wasn't as good as my local one. It's some time since I visited it, so we had a trip there today to see if it had improved. It does look as though they're trying to build the business up a bit, but they could really do with a wider range of plants. The prices were very competitive though, and it is only January still, so I'll certainly be making a return trip when the gardening season gets under way, and I hope to see a wider selection of plants available then.
Following Geoff's advice, I had a look for plants which were in flower and found some very healthy looking Cyclamen. I was very careful in ensuring that these were outdoor Cyclamen as there's also an indoor variety which wouldn't do very well being planted out in the garden. There was a good range of colours and I decided that I'd buy five plants, each in a different colour way. These cost me a total of £5.00, which I think is very reasonable.
I think this is a great way to ensure there is colour in the garden throughout the year, so I shall be plant shopping again in February.
I also succumbed to a couple of Cowslips. At £1.25 per plant, it would have been rude to leave them behind.
I live in Leeds in West Yorkshire with my husband, son, daughter and Archie the dog. I'm a stay at home mum and I have many hobbies which include gardening, knitting, crochet and genealogy. The Good Life blog follows my progress on my allotment and Through The Keyhole blog follows my family life. I hope you enjoy reading and will follow my adventures with me.