Cardwell Garden Centre. Lunderston Bay, By Gourock, Inverclyde. PA19 1BB

Beat Blue Monday with Cardwell’s flowering plants

GARDENING experts at Cardwell reckon they’ve found a great way to beat Blue Monday – said to be the most depressing day of the year.

They are encouraging people to plant lots of early-flowering and multi-coloured primrose and cyclamen flowers in their gardens that will brighten up their lives.

And there are also colourful indoor plants like Peace Lilies and Anthuriam – sometimes known as laceleaf or flamingo flower – that will turn Blue Monday into multi-coloured Monday.

The third Monday in January has been designated Blue Monday every year since 2005 when a British travel company, Sky Travel claimed to have calculated the day as the saddest in the year.

They used an equation based on the length of time since the festive season ended, weather conditions, the breaking of New Year resolutions and a lack of money after the Christmas spending spree.

This year, Blue Monday is on January 17 and Cardwell’s horticulturist, Brian Hawthorn says: “There’s no doubt that a display of colourful flowers can make you feel good and cheer you up if you’re feeling a bit down.

“Primroses and cyclamen are two of the first plants to flower at the start of each year, particularly the early-flowering varieties of both plants, which we currently have in stock.

“You can plant them in flower pots, planters, hanging baskets, or in the ground.

“These primrose and cyclamen plants can create a fabulous colourful display in your garden, as the flowers come in yellow, blue, red, purple, white and in two-tone contrasting with the plant’s deep green leaves.”

Brian added: “Just think of the psychological boost you’d get every time you head out the front or back door and you’re met with a riot of colour from a display of primroses.

“Our indoor plants like Anthurium and Peace Lilies will brighten up your home and chase away those Blue Monday blues.

“And a visit to Cardwell to get your plants and flowers and have a chat with our helpful and knowledgeable staff is always likely to put a smile on your face!”

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