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January 2016

Strulch Garden Mulch was mentioned in this intetresting article about winter gardening by Bunny Guinness in the Telegraph gadening section

Winter gardening (Credit: Marcus Harpur/Flora Press)

Why we should welcome the colder weather

20 January 2016 • 7:00am

Many of us have bemoaned the lack of cold, frosty mornings this winter. Few gardens look more spectacular than when decorated with a hoar frost. However, as a cold front is upon us this weekend, our prayers might be answered.

The large, needle-like crystals of a hoar frost cling to sedum heads, eryngiums and other plants with strong silhouettes, making you glad that you had not tidied up too soon.

But with the rain and wind that has battered our gardens over the past couple of months, most herbaceous plants look more mushy than magnificent – and the dull light at this time of year renders them even less appealing. Herbaceous plants have become increasingly popular, but in a wet, warm winter they have a long off-season.

I’m thankful that in my main courtyard garden, overlooked by much of the house and offices, herbaceous plants are used within a structure of low hedges, topiary, small trees and evergreens (mainly phillyrea, bay, yew, box) with tall obelisks adding extra punctuation. In certain climates, such as northern Japan, the off-season is barely noticeable and big expanses of herbaceous plants work brilliantly.

There, the gardens are covered in snow for months, spring comes rapidly, and it is often only a few weeks before the snow melts and new herbaceous growth blasts out of the ground as if jet-propelled.

Having decided I was going to write about lack of frost, I woke up and realised that, here in Cambridgeshire at least, we have had one light ground frost. A clear sky and conditions just below freezing had turned the dew into tiny icy crystals that made the lawn sparkle in the early morning sun.

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