Some Alpaca snaps of the week.
Brotherly love as Jiminy Cricket gets close up with Jenson
Jiminy Cricket enjoying the limelight
Well you left the gate open says Hot Tottie as the rest help themselves to winter fodder!
This week we've spent some time dividing perennials. It's a great way to fill some gaps in the border for free.
Dig out the plants to split and put 2 forks in back to back and prise apart.
Replant the split plants where you want them!
Daffodils are a guaranteed flower in the spring and now is the time to plant them. They need to be covered with about twice the depth of soil as the bulb.
They can also be planted in bowls and if these are kept sheltered then they will provide an even earlier splash of colour wherever you want to put them!
Do the same with Crocus and Hyacinths.
Climate change is on all our minds and we can do something to help by planting a tree to offset our carbon emissions.
Now is a great time to plant them.
Some ideas what to plant
Alder clusters of cone-like fruits that hang like baubles on bare winter trees. In spring, yellow catkins appear alongside glossy, rounded leaves.
Alder catkins provide an early source of nectar and pollen for bees, and the seeds are eaten by the siskin, redpoll and goldfinch
Silver Birch is a graceful, attractive tree with light airy foliage and distinctive silvery-white peeling bark. It has triangular-shaped leaves on its elegant, drooping branches. They turn yellow then golden in autumn, bringing striking colour to your garden. Look out for the fine display of catkins from spring to autumn Small birds, such as long-tailed tits, siskin, greenfinches and redpolls, are attracted by the abundant seeds and insects that it hosts.
Crab Apple is a wild ancestor of the cultivated apple with sweetly-scented, pink-white blossom in spring. Use the fruits to make a rich amber coloured crab apple jelly.
The flowers are a good source of early pollen and nectar for insects, particularly bees. Birds like fieldfare, song thrush, blackbird and redwing enjoy the fruits.
We planted a camellia last year and it's blooms in the spring were amazing
Now is a good time to plant. They grow and bloom better in light, partial shade, with shelter from hot afternoon sun.
Water and feed now they are starting to set the buds for next year.
As the days and nights cool we are now watering the greenhouse in the morning to avoid dampness causing Botrytis. We are closing up late afternoon to keep the heat in to prolong tomato and pepper crops .