In October, David Coton is getting the garden prepared for the onset of colder weather but, at the same time, the arrival of spring bulbs in the garden centre is a reminder that you should also now be planning ahead for next year.
A tree is a valuable addition to your garden, increasing its beauty and providing shade and structure throughout the year. Nathan James Dodd passes on his experience about choosing and planting the right one for your garden.
This is my guide to the best trees noted for their flowering or berrying ability; or for their suitability for small gardens.
A few facts to draw your attention:
Your choice of tree is very much a personal thing, dependent on your taste and the style of your garden.
The main thing you will need to consider is the size that the tree will grow to, and that your garden is big enough to hold it. You do not want your new tree to dwarf the rest of your garden, or to cut out all your sunlight in 10 years time. So chose a suitably sized tree that offers a long period of interest. But remember that a tree planted on a boundary will only half encroach on your garden.
Consider your favourite colours - would you prefer a white or pink blossomed tree? Would you like it to have red or yellow berries? And remember, we've done most of the hard work for you, so use this information to your advantage. Purchase and plant your tree, sit back and enjoy many years of growing pleasure.
You can always prune your tree if you wish to restrict its growth or remove any unwanted or diseased branches. Light pruning can be done at any time of year, but anything heavier that would require a saw should be done in late autumn. Always remember to cut to either a leaf bud or branch joint.
Although the days are short and the view from our Garden Centre is frosty and overcast, Andy Taylor suggests various jobs that can be done in the garden during the month of January.
Showcasing young musical talent, this year's Winter Concert at Arthur Terry School was an outstanding success and took place against the stunning backdrop of a Christmas Tree donated by GardenSite.
It was quite an honour for GardenSite to be asked to supply the Christmas Tree to Birmingham New Street Station this year, and to celebrate we're offering a Champagne High Tea to the winners of a seasonal selfie competition.
With Storm Caroline reeking havoc many people are likely to be contacting their insurance companies at some time regarding damage caused to sheds, greenhouses, fences and other garden property. Robert Hall explains how GardenSite.co.uk can help with an independent insurance quote and claim.