HIHS On Line Magazine: December 2017

Links to This Month's Articles

Home Page Photo: Jasmine nudiflorum (Winter jasmine)
White Christmas
Clean The Greenhouse
Christmas Cactus: Schlumbergera
Grow Your Own Mistletoe
Christmas Merrymaking
A Real Christmas Tree?
Time To Prune Apple Trees
Plant Hardiness Ratings Defined
Christmas Word Search
In Flower For Christmas Day

Home Page Photo: Jasminum nudiflorum (Winter jasmine)

Jasminum nudiflorum cheers the grayest of winter's days,
with the yellow flowers, like a shower of stars,
produced in relays in the greatest profusion.

A popular and reliable shrub, introduced from China in 1844.
Plant by walls, fences and stretches of trellis
and it will scramble its way upwards
but it does not twine, so will need tying-in.

Link for: horticultural advice.

White Christmas?

Odds of a white Christmas are 1 in 10 for England and Wales,
and 1 in 6 for Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The Cairngorm National Park experiences
the UK's highest annual snowfall.

In March 1947 snow fell
to a depth of 1.65m in Ruthin, North Wales.

The coldest UK winter was 1963
with snow on the ground from December to March.

Chionophobia is the medical term for fear of snow.

On average 12cm of snow melts to just 1cm of water.

Clean The Greenhouse

Take opportunity to undertake the greenhouse annual clean.
Washing the glazing will improve the light transmission
by clearing any algae and grime.

Clean the structural elements and guttering with warm detergent
or a disinfectant solution as Jeyes fluid.

Don't forget to drain and clear out any associated
water tanks and water butts.

If the geenhouse is free from plants also consider a sulphur candle
or insecticide smoke fumigator to clear overwintering pests.

Link to RHS for guidance on: Greenhouse Cleaning.

Christmas Cactus: Schlumbergera

Flowering mid winter Schlumbergera
is a popular and worthy house plant.

Other than requiring winter temperatures 18-20°C (65-69°F)
Christmas Cactus is easy to maintain and propagate.

Follow this link for RHS Advice.

Grow Your Own Mistletoe

Try growing your own Christmas Mistletoe.
Improve germination rates with the six tips
given by following this link: Garden Advice Blog.

Christmas Merrymaking

At Christmas the UK consumes approximately:
10 million turkeys.
9875 tonnes of sprouts.
25 million Christmas puddings.
7 million mince pies.
35 million bottles of wine.
250 million pints of beer.

Resulting in:
The average person putting on an extra 5lbs (2kg) in weight.

A Real Christmas Tree?

UK sale of natural Christmas trees is near 8 million annually,
however two-thirds of households opt for artificial trees.

The majority of artificial trees used resemble a realistic tree,
with to a lesser extent a coloured artificial tree.
Most artificial trees come from the Pearl River delta in China.

Some one in seven households have no tree what so ever.

Norway spruce, with its sharp needles and prone to dropping,
has been surpassed by Nordmann fir, Fraser fir, Noble fir
and Blue spruce which have much better needle retention,
compact branches and stronger festive scent.

Notcutts guidance on: Choosing a real tree.
Notcutts guidance on: Real tree care tips.

Time To Prune Apple Trees

apple prune
When the weather is frost free take advantage,
to prune open grown apples and pears.

Link to an RHS video giving guidance: Apple Pruning.

Plant Hardiness Ratings Defined

Plants have evolved to thrive in specific conditions.
Garden centres stock plants from all corners of the globe.

In a nutshell:
Hardy will stand the English climate.
Half-hardy need protection in the winter.
Tender need warmth.

A more definitive system is used by the RHS.
The RHS system explained with hardiness table.

Christmas Wordsearch

Here is a wordsearch with a Christmas theme containing
44 elements to find all relating to this time of year.

Bring up wordsearch image to print.

Plantsman Graham Rice shares his thoughts

In Flower For Christmas Day

Chimonanthus fragrans 'Luteus'
There’s something of a tradition for recording
the garden plants in flower on Christmas Day

Link to: The most reliable candidates.

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