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News and Gardening Tips
The days are lengthening quickly now and the garden is beginning to wake up after the cold dull days of December and January. Though we are not yet out of the woods (remember "The Beast from the East" of 2018?) many plants are at their best in winter, with scent and colour aplenty, so there is still much to enjoy on a fine day.
The flowers of Sarcococca confusa might be small but they have a powerful scent which drifts a good distance across the garden. The bare stems of Chimonanthus praecox and Abeliophyllum distichum too are clothed with small, sweetly fragrant flowers. Viburnum tinus is a tough evergreen, reliable in all but the coldest of locations with flowers that are long-lasting and sweetly scented.
Perennials too will soon be coming into growth. It's a good time to think about putting supports in place before the new shoots emerge too far and to prevent the more enthusiastic border plants from encroaching on their neighbours. You never know, there might be room for a few more!
Plant of the month
Daphne odora has to be Plant of the Month. Its fragrance makes it one of the finest of garden plants with only the slightly earlier flowering bholua varieties to compare.