Our Winter 2014 photo competition is open for entries!
Winter is coming and autumn colours become richer. It is a late autumn and the hedgerows still have leaf and berry (and even flowers). But we may get snow, and surely frost. Birds will be coming closer to human dwellings hunting through hedging looking for food and water as will badgers, foxes, squirrels not to mention Heffalumps and Woozles...
Water looks great at this time of year and black and white photography comes into its own as we get closer to Christmas. Oh - did someone mention c-h-r-i-s-t-m-a-s ? A whole bunch of photo opportunities there.
So our Winter photo competition aims to capture all of the above – the themes this time are:
"A Spirit of Christmas..." or "A Winter's Tale"
The closing date for entries is midnight on Valentine's Day, 14th February 2015. The three winners will be contacted via email by 20th February.
There's nearly £200 in vouchers up for grabs so give it a shot!
If left to their own devices, raspberries will sprout up like weeds. So plant the canes in rows leaving enough of a channel so that you can walk in between the bushes and pick the fruit. And every time you seem one growing in between the rows or sprouting elsewhere, pull it up if it is in the way. Continue reading
When planting a Rowan Tree, choose your area carefully. They like open un-shaded areas with lots of sunshine but they don’t enjoy too much heat. They are a tree that grows everywhere in the UK but is particularly prolific in Scotland, so much so that some people would like to see it designated as Scotland’s national tree.
Bareroot roses can last a long time and be incredibly good value as plants if cared for well. Plant bare-root varieties in late autumn to early spring. Never plant during a severe winter frost. It doesn’t really matter when you put containerised roses out, but plant them out as soon as you have purchased them.
If you love cats and want to create a bird-friendly hedge, make sure you have a few thorny plants included, which we have done in our bird friendly hedging. Once the hedge is mature, most birds will be happy to build a nest in it and the cats will play elsewhere rather than risk pricking themselves on thorns.
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