January

      Welcome to January where we are still experiencing unseasonally mild weather combined with plenty of rain! Temperatures will surely drop over the next few weeks so be aware and keep some frost protection fabric to hand. January is a good moment to spend some time thinking about the garden - improvement, addition or alteration are all 'possibles' at this early stage.

       •We are now closed on Sundays until Sunday the 10th of April

       •Spring-flowering bulbs are still available and our range of bulbs for 2015 is on display inside our shop. Plant bulbs when you have the opportunity to create an inexpensive but valuable addition to your spring-flowering garden

       •We have a selection of evergreen shrubs in stock now - including pieris, viburnums, azaleas, rhododendrons, skimmias etc

       •The box tree caterpillar continues to be a serious problem in this area. Check all your buxus plants and take action if necessary as soon as possible, because delay will result in you losing your favourite plants or topiary. Be aware that this problem will likely re-occur next spring when the weather warms up again and that you should continue to monitor into next year

         •Our collection of tools from Spear & Jackson, the Kew Gardener collection, is one of the best available and has proved to be a great success with our landscapers and customers

         •Our cards from the Natural History Museum's Archivist collection are both beautiful and inexpensive and provide a lovely way to send message with a floral gift

         •We stock all the necessary components for irrigation systems from both Hozelock and Gardena - but bear in mind that all irrigation systems should be 'drained down' before the frosty weather arrives

         •Garden maintenance and one off visits can be arranged by our garden services department. Please speak to Patrick Green or Daniel Duke on 07813602409 or visit their website www.rassellsgardens.co.uk

         •Let us hope we see some brighter days in January so we can enjoy the early flowering of many bulbs and shrubs

                                  Richard Hood