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December Monthly Inspiration
News and Gardening Tips
The autumn colours on the Acer palmatums have been quite exceptional right through November this year. Acer palmatum dissectum 'Viridis' and Acer palmatum 'Atropurpureum' (our banner image above) remain in full leaf in early December and are still the best things in the garden today.
This prompted us to think about planting out some more of these now in the garden to improve the drab late autumn and early winter months. They make unusual Christmas presents too as specimen plants.
In the garden the Camellia 'J C Williams' will be well out for Christmas. Camellia 'Dr Burnside' also shows up nicely here in December. The game here on Christmas day is to see how many different camellias in flower can be pinched for the house to brighten up the day. A good way of calming over excited children.
We have spent a great deal of time re-staking recently planted trees and shrubs blown about in the gales. Where branches or leading shoots have been damaged some gentle pruning and reshaping will be needed. If the ground is not too waterlogged or frozen December is not at all a bad time to plant trees. Here we survived the worst of the drought damage because we planted a large new area in mid December last year. The roots had time to establish properly before the new spring growth emerged and casualties were minimal.