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Welcome... DEC/JAN 2021 ISSUE The aim of the monthly Life in Buckingham Magazine is to support businesses in order that the local community can flourish. Lets help everyone get in the Christmas spirit! With some traditional Christmas events cancelled as a result of Covid-19, it makes it difficult to support our community and bring people together in the ways we have before. However, don’t forget to support all the business’s in the popular Life in Buckingham. I thank all my advertisers for there ongoing support and especially to my distributors that make this all possible. Hope we all have the Christmas we long for and a happier 2021.

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‘Tis the season to prepare for 2021 So, Monty Don has finally put his TV garden to bed for winter on Gardeners’ World. However, there’s still much to do in our gardens, says Buckingham Garden Centre’s Chris Day. Speaking to our customers this summer we have found that the garden has remained a strong and tangible escape from the woes of lockdown. It has provided the perfect physical outdoor gym for all members of the family to take time to nurture nature and have a go at raising plants.

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PLANTING Whist we are not currently doing much in the way of seed sowing or plant feeding, our attention should be focused on establishing new bare-root plants from no w until March. We actively encourage our customers to consider this option, especially if they are planning to establish a new hedge, a new fruit garden, a rose bed, or an ornamental tree. Bare root generally offers a cheaper option and often provides a much wider range of species and varieties compared with those plants available in containers. Please do contact us if you need specific planting advice – we would be delighted to help you with your planting project whether large or small. Our bare-root plants are available for collection from the Garden Centre, or you can order through our mail order department, either by phone (01280 827625) or through our website www.hedging.co.uk

FESTIVE PLANTS From Christmas Roses (Helleborus niger), to fancy Hellebores, evergreen Hollies and colourful Ivies, there are plenty of ways you can create a seasonal display in pots or in your existing borders. Why not plant fragrant winter shrubs in pots by your doorstep? Great plants for the pots include Chimonanthus praecox, Sarcococca (Sweet Box) and Daphne odora. You could underplant these shrubs with some winter hardy Violas or Pansies to help extend the season of interest – check our range of bedding plants in our Seasonal Tunnel. As we approach Christmas utilise and bring indoors cut stems of berried winter shrubs, seasonal flowers and evergreen leaves for festive decorations. However, don’t pinch all the holly with berries for your Christmas decorations – leave some for the birds!

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HOUSEPLANTS Move houseplants onto sunny windowsills over the winter, so they get as much light as possible during the shorter days. Water florists’ cyclamen (Cyclamen persicum), and deadhead and feed regularly to encourage more blooms. Poinsettias, the Popular Christmas favourites, do need warmth with no drafts and careful watering to keep them healthy and happy. A bright location close to a window suits them best. Watering wise, do give them a good drink and then allow the compost to dry to the point where the plant just starts to wilt and then water again. This technique will provide a better balance and the plant will flourish for longer. This is because Poinsettias appear to need oxygen and air at the roots as well as water. You can feed the plant once a week with Baby Bio or a Tomato food. Alternatively, the Fito Poinsettia push-in feed

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