Starting the year with a bang!

By | January 19, 2011

Well – the sun has finally come out at the nursery after all the snow and wet – it’s just about a month past the solstice and the bulbs are starting to move. Still a bit to go – the winter garden at Polesden Lacey had only aconites and snowdrops plus a couple of adventurous viburnums out. However it’s time to start getting the garden planned for the coming year and we’ll be updating you with some good ideas and advice over the next couple of months.

Here at the Intelligent Garden we really believe in working with nature and being alert to her rhythms. And while we’re remain convinced that Science can tell us a lot about how to get the best from our plants, sometimes you need to step outside the box a bit.

So last Saturday some of us went to the Wassail ceremony at Middle Farm down near the South Downs.

This is basically to wake up the apple trees for the coming year by pouring mulled cider on their roots having a big bonfire and lots of chanting, morris dancing with attitude, drumming and a Ceilidh where we all have a dance off on 7% Cider.

It just reminds us that there’s a time for planting, a time for harvesting, and a time for dancing to remind us that the darkness of winter is giving ground to the strengthening sun day by day

You can see the whole splendid rigmarole in a facebook album here.

Next post will be about what lessons we’ve learned about growing vegetables in the nursery this year

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