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Duration: 30 minutes

In this new series plantswoman Carol Klein shares with us a year in her garden at Glebe Cottage in north Devon. Carol has looked after her garden for over thirty years and each year brings with it its own rewards and delights, as well as problems and challenges. Follow Carol as her garden grows, flourishes, dies and is reborn.

The first episode covers January and February. The frosts have not yet released their grip on the garden and the devastation of a hard winter is scattered all around. There is much to do; cutting back, preparing the soil and garlic planting. The first green shoots of the year begin to appear, as drifts of snowdrops carpet the woodland floor and hellebores reveal their ravishing colours. A local woodsman joins Carol to lay a native hedge. Slowly the first signs of spring appear.

  • January In Bloom – Snowdrops

    January In Bloom – Snowdrops

    Snowdrops are the plants that invite us into the New Year. Increasing numbers, from a small clump to a large showy drift, can be achieved by lifting and dividing the plants ‘in the green’ after the flowers have faded. Twin-scaling can be fiddly and takes time but it will eventually increase plant numbers many fold.

    How to twin-scale snowdrops
  • February In Bloom – Hellebores

    February In Bloom – Hellebores

    Hellebores are truly scrumptious, their colours so diverse, from purest white, and pinks to deepest black. A brand-new never-seen-before flower can be created easily by cross pollinating two favourite parent plants.

    RHS Plant of the month
  • Native hedge – Woodsman, Marcus Tribe, lays Carols hedge.

    Native hedge – Woodsman, Marcus Tribe, lays Carols hedge.

    Hedgerows provide a rich source of food, home and shelter, for so much of our native wildlife, mammals, birds and insects. A native ‘species rich’ hedge, in a garden, can do so much to benefit wildlife.
    Apart from keeping animals in and marking boundaries, native hedges lend our landscapes their unique identity and can be thousands of years old.
    Maintenance is vital in sustaining this richness and the art of the hedge-layer remains an important rural skill to this day.

    Hedgeucation – all you need to know
  • Raised Bed – Softwood cuttings

    Carol’s much loved Phlomis lanata succumbed to the savage winter weather. Taking softwood cuttings in late summer of borderline, frost tender plants, which cannot be overwintered indoors, ensures backup plant replacements.

    RHS Taking softwood cuttings
  • Annie’s Garden – Pruning clematis

    Annie’s Garden – Pruning clematis

    Carol’s crab-apple and clematis ‘Huldine’ are supposed to be grown in sweet harmony but the clematis has taken over. Carol tackles the task of bringing the clematis back into line.
    Pruning clematis encourages strong growth and flowering and keeps growth in check. Flowering time determines the best time to prune. There are three pruning groups to consider. Clematis ‘Huldine’ is group 3.

    RHS Pruning clematis and pruning groups
  • Potting shed - Planting garlic.

    The shortest day of the year, the Winter Solstice, is traditionally the time for planting garlic. Carol starts hers off later in modules as her ground is too wet and heavy to do it earlier. That way it gets off to a flying start.

    Wikipedia - all about garlic
  • Annie’s Garden - Compost

    Compost is at the heart of good gardening and making it is a never ending cycle.

    Garden Organic – all about compost


Carol Klein
Mark Scott
Mark Scott
Series Producer
Tricia Lawton
Executive Producer
Gill Tierney
Executive Producer
Sarah Moors


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