1 CommentFriday, 12 April 2019 | Alison
April can be a tricky month in the garden and it is always weather related.
One minute it can be sunny and showing distinct signs of warmth, lulling us into a false sense of security, in that we start planting tender annuals out in the garden, and then in the next minute it is bringing us back down to earth and sensibility by battering us and our precious plantlets with hail. So err on the side of caution and don't plant out too early.
Hardy evergreens and deciduous shrubs and trees do what comes naturally and make a welcome sight in our gardens during April. Evergreens put on a spurt of fresh new growth. Deciduous shrubs like Hydrangeas and Spireas begin to show their leaves and buds and Spring flowering trees burst into life with their breathtaking blossoms, with the promise of fruits and berries to come in the coming months.
However, there are plenty of tasks to be getting on with in the garden and greenhouse this month.
Thursday, 21 March 2019 | Alison
The potato, although humble in looks, has been a mainstay of the British diet for centuries. The main reasons being that the tubers are ideally suited to being grown in our cool (rainy) climate and they need no special soil requirements.
Tuesday, 12 March 2019 | Alison
I know that the similarly named book title is without the comma, but I just can’t bring myself to leave it out. I do love a bit of punctuation although these days it seems it is not so important but don’t get me started on that debate please.
Bare root perennials are the roots in question. If you usually go for bulbs, plug plants, seeds or garden ready plants, then it is time to give bare roots a chance.
Friday, 1 March 2019 | Alison
Traditionally March is the month for spring bulbs to make their long-awaited appearance. Way back in October and November I planted many new bulbs including outdoor hyacinths that I have never tried before. They are now coming through and I am looking forward to their heady scent wafting across the flowerbeds as I work in the garden.