As winter begins to fade signs of sping can be found in the garden and countryside. The catikins of the Hazel come in February and as the trees are leafless they are easy to spot. These pendulous catkins are the male part of the flowers, the female flowers are the red tufts that grow out of what looks like swollen buds on the same branche. Hazel trees are not self pollinating, they use the wind to cross pollinate between different trees.
The cold grey weather of February is brightened up for us here at Cramden Nursery by the vibrant flowers of the Witch Hazel. The spidery flowers come in oranage, red and yellow and give a gentel scent of the summer to come . The Witch Hazel begins to flower as early as January, bringing us the whisperings of spring. It said that to be in the prescence of a Witch Hazel tree will exhilerate and inspire one.
February is a time of anticipation for spring and summer colour in the garden. There are, however plants that can liven up your garden with colour even in this grey month.
Hellebores come in an array of colours to brighten up your borders with either simple single flowers or dramatic double flowers.
Here at Cramden Nursery all our Pelargoniums are propagated through cuttings. We have used the trusty “jiffy7″ plug to root them into, for over 30 years. They arrive with us on a roll as a compressed and dehydrated biscuit then with a little water they rise and expand and become the perfect rooting environment for our Pelargonium cuttings.
From dehydrated biscuit,
to the perfect rooting environment.
The begining of something beautiful, our seeds of Geranium Maderence have germinated and so their journey of life begins.
Their seeds leaves open wide and photosynthesis to create energy for growth
Then their true leaves are formed, see how very different they are to the seed leaves.