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cyclamen

 

 
Windfall Cyclamen, the variety we grow here on our nursery is a much hardier variety and will withstand wetter conditions. Yet saying that, how you plant them will dictate how long they will last for you. 
The most important thing is that they dislike wet conditions so you will need to make your soil very free draining. This will be achieved by adding grit or perlite to your soil or compost, the latter being the lighter option. It's the area in contact with the roots that you need to have the grit as this will keep the roots happy. 
The other stumbling block is people have a tendency to plant cyclamen too deep.
Windfall is a fairly new introduction and in trials around Cork last year and the year before, they performed very well! They clump up better and have much more flowers than the older varieties of Cyclamen.
 
This variety is not readily available everywhere so make what you buy is Windfall – a lot of the imported Cyclamen are not at all hardy! At Griffins, we grow our Windfall Cyclamen along with 80% of our plants, and we ensure every plant is acclimatised to the Cork climate.
 
Good enough to eat!
Ornamental Cabbages are the coolest heads in town. For performance in cool weather, colour, texture and fantastic container displays, few plants can compare to the amazing ornamental cabbages and kales. These cabbages kept their colour from September until February last year.
Margaret's Tip: keep dry, use plenty of horticultural grit and Westland slow release fertilizer.
3 for 2 on Ornamental Cabbages at Griffins!
 
 
Stunning Winter Displays with Cinerarias
A beautiful seasonal display in winter is a wonderful sight to behold, and the Cineraria gives that perfect silvery, frosty look. Could it be the hardiest plant of all time? It's certainly the hardiest I have ever come across and it will happily thrive in the coldest of conditions! To keep Cinerarias looking their best, try to ensure that they are very dry and use plenty of horticultural grit. So easy to grow and great for people who don't like watering!
 
Spring Woodland Gardens
Everyone can create a woodland garden. Even if you only have one tree in your entire garden, make the most of it and underplant it with some of the following bulbs: Frittalaria, Snowdrops, Bluebells, Chiondoxa, Narcissus, Scillias.
Maybe in your veg plot it would be nice to incorporate and element of spring woodland! Containers and tubs are also ideal for achieving this woodland effect.

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