At this time of year visitors often ask me that question. It's as though they expect me to be packed away for hibernation in a box of clean straw like the Blue Peter tortoise and woken up again in the spring with a slice of cucumber and a rub down with olive oil. Sadly, that's not the case, and neither do I sit out the winter sipping margaritas on a tropical beach (National Trust wages won't allow it).
The truth is, winter is when the real work gets done.
Alan Titchmarsh reckons you shouldn't work in the garden if the soil sticks to your boots but if I followed that advice I wouldn't get anything done until May next year! It can be very wet up here in the winter!
|The view from my office window today!|
Winter is the time to prune roses, so those on the trellis and against the house walls get some attention, cutting out old woody stems and tying in the new growth; and while I'm at it the Crimson Glory vine on the back wall of the pub, which can grow up to 20 feet over the summer, will be cut back to its main framework to stop it taking over the garden completely.
Then there are new plants to be bought and planted and next years seeds to be ordered and the greenhouse needs tidying and disinfecting and the mower needs servicing and................where did I put that big cardboard box?!
Words and pictures by Pete the Gardener.