Remember the month - DECEMBER
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Things to do and checklist for the garden in December!
Now is the time to push forward tazetter, Christmas rose and lily of the valleyj. Tazetter takes 4-6 weeks, Christmas rose 3 weeks, and lily of the valley needs 2 weeks to be driven to flowering.
Plant tulips. In many garden stores there are sales of tulip bulbs, and it is still a good idea to put them - if they look good. Put bulbs of tulips and Russian blue star in the open if the frost has not yet gone into the ground. Otherwise, you can buy some 50 liter bags of sowing soil and lay out in a 5 cm thick layer on the frozen ground. Set out tightly with bulbs at 2 cm intervals and place 10-15 cm of topsoil over them. Do not water!
Feed the winter birds! Position the feeding place so that you can easily see your diners from, for example, the kitchen window.
Look regularly over stored apples. Remove stains that have stains and fruits that are beginning to soften. Do not forget to bring out and offer the home-grown fruit this Christmas weekend.
There is a lot to pick up from your own garden to decorate with for the weekend. Branches of holly, mahonia, conifers, snake hazel, coral dogwood and magic arrow will be beautiful in a vase, in the Christmas group and in a homemade door wreath.
In Advent- traditional Christmas flowers are on the shopping list. Also let orchids be included. Many orchids are now in bloom, such as kalante, jewel orchid, and palette orchid. Why not make a Christmas group with a flowering orchid together with some beautiful leafy green potted plant, Spanish moss and ordinary green moss that is often available in bags for Advent.
Take a walk around the garden from time to time during the winter
Take a walk around the garden from time to time during the winterand make sure that the winter cover of the plants is in place and that the gnawing guards are still where they should be. Also review tarpaulins on garden furniture and pots so that they are securely anchored.
The new year's new seed catalogs has already started to come. Do not miss to order catalogs, and then also seeds as you wish. Seed catalogs are also perfect inspiration reading in the winter darkness - order old seed favorites and try exciting seed news.
Amaryllis and hyacinths in pot
Amaryllis and hyacinths in potwhich has risen in height and bends, you can cut off and use as cut flowers. Put a rubber band around the stem, at the bottom, so the stem does not roll up. Thread the hollow stem over a flower stick if the flower needs to be fixed in the vase.
In Advent - traditional Christmas flowers are on the shopping list. Why not make a Christmas group with a flowering orchid together with some beautiful leafy green potted plant, Spanish moss and ordinary green moss that is often available in bags for Advent.
The indoor plants need extra care in the dry winter air. Until the end of February is a tough time for many houseplants. Daylight decreases and switched on elements make the indoor air dry. Shower the potted plants in the bathroom with lukewarm water. There are practical and discreet plant lights that help the potted plants to get through the dark season with all the leaves intact.
Gardenizer of the Month Gitte Ådahl
The Gardenizer of the month is Gitte Ådahl who lives in a house with a lovely garden outside Kungsbacka together with her husband and cat Greta.
She studies international Transport Logistics with an environmental focus at the polytechnic and her interest in geraniums is a pleasant contrast and relaxation to her work and studies.
The favorite plant is the geranium and not just any geranium but the variety 'Zonartic'. She usually calls them "geraniums' Rolls Roys" and collects them.
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Gitte and I originally come from Gästrikland but have lived in Halland for a number of years. My husband and I live in a villa outside Kungsbacka with the cat Greta. Nowadays I study and read at a distance. I used to work at an eye clinic and we worked with vision defect surgery. Due to reorganization, I had to quit and start thinking about what I wanted to do. I thought it was time to take the opportunity to do something completely different, so I decided to start studying. Now I study international Transport Logistics with an environmental focus at the polytechnic. Great fun to learn something new like this in the middle of life. The forecasts are good to get a job after the education.
How did your interest in gardening begin?
It started already in adolescence and then it was potted plants that mattered. Saint Paula was a favorite then and traditional houseplants that were popular in the 70s and 80s. The interest in geraniums is and has been a pleasant contrast and relaxation to the work and now the studies. Also sowing all the seeds from this year's harvest. Now 75 small newly hatched seeds are growing. Maybe some will be really nice which I hope! But they take up more and more space as they grow and I already have 400 other geraniums, of which about 50 are my own. This summer it will probably be a cleansing I think - you can not have all.
Tell us about your current garden.
When I moved to my first house, my interest in gardening grew. Peonies, cut flowers and roses were probably the ones I liked the most. Also had vegetables like corn, zucchini, tomatoes, potatoes, garlic in the garden.
What is your favorite plant?
Today, the favorite plant is geraniums and not just any geranium, but above all the variety called ‘Zonartic’. I usually call it the "Rolls Royce of geraniums" because when I started collecting these, they were hard to get hold of and quite expensive. Now it has become a little easier to find them as luck would have it. The geraniums are a large family with many sections. We have, for example, zonals, hanging geraniums, herbaceous leaves, fragrant geraniums, angel geraniums, wild geraniums and so zonartic.
Zonartic is a cross between a wild geranium called P.articulatum and between a zonal geranium. The man who developed this fairly new section was named Cliff Blackman from Australia. He crossed this lovely variety and it took him many years before he succeeded. Then it took a few years before zonartic was recognized as a separate section. The growing method is a little different and the leaves are more lobed. The flower clusters are usually very large and the flower can have several colors at the same time.
What are your favorite garden tools?
Favorite activity in the garden?
I'm constantly on the hunt for pollen. Has been developing its own zonartics for a few years now. It is great fun employment and very relaxing. Otherwise, it's fun to tinker with them all, replant and move around them. Stayed this summer with my first greenhouse and not everyone enjoys the heat, so they have to move around until they have found the optimal place.
Favorite time of year to be in the garden?
It's probably in the early summer when everything starts to get started.
Do you have any advice for our fellow Gardenizers?
Make a habit of uploading your photos and writing down important information. It's so good then when you need to know details. You think you remember but unfortunately it is not so, haha.
In what way do you benefit from the Gardenize app?
I put all my seeds here that I evaluate and the ones I save. So good to have the overview. Updates with pictures and information as you go.
If you want to follow you, what's your name in Gardenize?
My name is Cara on Gardenize and that is also my prefix on my own geraniums.
Remember of the month - DECEMBER - garden
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