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    Spring snowflake (Leucojum vernum) © Ita McCobb
  • Cornelian cherry (Cornus mas) © Ita McCobb
  • Dog rose (Rosa canina) hip © Ita McCobb
  • Holly (Ilex merserveae) © Ita McCobb
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  • In the Garden this month
  • In Nature this month
Christmas trees
Recycle Christmas trees by shredding them for mulch or add to the compost heap. Those with roots or in containers can be planted out.
Vegetables to harvest this month include leeks, parsnips, Brussels sprout and celeriac. Chit early seed potatoes i.e. leave them to sprout before planting.
To brighten up the Winter days plant a colourful shrub such as a Witch hazel, Hamamelis mollis or for fragrance a Wintersweet (Chimonanthus praecox) or Winter honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima).
Wild flowers will be hard to find in January although with mild temperatures there may be more to look out for. The ‘star’ flower of January is the Snowdrop and some appear quite early in the month.
Trees & Shrubs
The first buds of the Hazel catkins are starting to form their pollen-laden golden tassels that when the wind blows will pollinate the red flowers that are hard to see as they are so tiny.
Ivy berries will be ripening turning from green to black as they mature and there are usually still some Holly berries, Hips and wild Privet berries.

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