December '22 in the Garden

December 2022 in the Garden (short notes)

Dig It hosts Peter Brown and Chris Day delve into the stories affecting gardeners and the gardening trade, plus jobs to do in the garden.

In the news

The RHS move their gooseberry and rhubarb national collections from Wisley to Bridgewater, near Manchester.

The 5,000-year-old Newlands Corner Yews are highlighted as part of the Conservation Foundations 40th anniversary celebrations.

Bumblebees less likely to land on flowers sprayed with fertilisers, says Bristol University report. 

Blue Diamond acquires Van Hage Garden centres.

Hilliers grows to 22 garden centres with the acquisition of Rosebourne and increases tree production after buying a 200-acre farm in Liss, Hampshire.

Toxic Ricinus communis (castor oil) found growing in council flower beds in North Wales.

UK butterfly numbers drop to an all-time low says Butterfly Conservation

Celebrate the King’s Coronation on 6th May 2023 by planting red, white and blue flowers and bulbs.

Plant mentions: Bare-root hedging, Norway spruce and Nordmann fir, Poinsettia, lasagna planting red and white tulips and winter hardy pansies and violas, blue and white forget-me-nots and grape hyacinths. Yew and the Great Basin Bristlecone Pine, Poplars for pollarding and Hazel for withies. Scented Sarcococca and Daphne. The Ball Colegrave introduction Glimmer ™ mildew resistant double busy lizzies will be available next year.

Product mentions: Reservoir Christmas stands, Hang Scentsicles on your artificial Christmas tree to give a festive smell, Bird feeds and fat balls, horticultural fleece. Pot feet for lifting your pots. Greenhouse cleaners - Jeyes Fluid or Agralan Citrox.

Houseplant expert Jane Perrone shared her poinsettia thoughts on our podcast last year. 

Burnham Beeches is a National Nature Reserve famous for its ancient pollards; many are several hundred years old.

Our thanks to Chiltern Music Therapy for providing the music.

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