Letters from the garden
Brrrr! It’s actually got a bit chilly at last and now we are going into spring. Watch the frosts on the new plants you’ve bought recently, as I know you have. We have been plant shopping for clients recently and it’s so much fun but you still need to keep an eye on the weather.
Looking to the new season, we will be cutting very soon and are already getting phone calls for these jobs, and now we get to meet new clients and work on new gardens alongside our year long contracts, which is a good mix for the teams, this year we will have 2 garden teams with a wealth of skills. They have worked hard over the last year to build this and we are very proud so here’s hoping we have another good year of gardening.
Mow ‘n’ Blow are opening an office down at Wyevales Garden and Landscaping Centre at Rake, this will be Christian’s base for the Landscaping team and he will selling garden buildings alongside. You will also find me there from time to time for plants so if you need anything don’t forget that as well as the garden maintenance we can cover just about everything else as well.
Once we are into March we can start thinking feeds for lawns and general treatments, if beds need a top up feed them too, this can with a pellet feed or, a really good compost, don’t forget to muck the roses they love it! Don’t forget your pots either, this is probably a good time to check your hose pipes and irrigation and your greenhouses, I’m sure there are some plants to be potted on.
If you need any help in the garden please do not hesitate to call 01420 83471.
Lynn and Christian Dupont
Letters from the garden
Happy February to all, well the snowdrops are out I’ve see a few early Daffs, and lots of crocus, I’m now getting impatient for the rest and I know we have a while to go yet. I am making a nuisance of myself at the local nurseries and Garden Centres for Herbs already, I have jobs to do and plants to plant for people, even us Gardeners forget that Mother Nature will tell us when even with human encouragement!
Never mind, I will have to wait and continue with all the other jobs of preparing the soil and all the lovely Shrubs that can be planted instead. It’s Camellia season, and they will look pretty good as long as the frost doesn’t catch them out. Exchordia is one of my favourites and it’s starting to appear more and more such a beautiful plant especially ‘The Bride’ stunning white flowers, and can be planted in all aspects and most soils, a gem of the shrub world. Don’t forget to add it to your garden palette.
In the world of Mow ‘n’ Blow things do change, I have today been pressure washing moss off a driveway, I then moved onto shopping for plants, at the same time making sure social media is updated with the latest photos of the Landscaping team, then it’s onto preparing my upcoming talk on ‘Gardens for Change’ then meeting the team at the end of the day and writing this, I think next it’s planning the new office at Wyevale’s Rake – watch this space – and then organising the Garden Teams schedule for March, as well as visiting our lovely clients, and breath!
If you need anything done in the garden, or just advice we are available to help with both, and if it’s just a clearance or tidy it’s part of the ever-growing list of a Gardener’s duties.
Take care and don’t forget to enjoy the garden.
Christian Dupont has been involved in horticulture for over two decades now, lives near Alton with his wife. She is also a fully trained gardener and horticulturalist. Both are keen photographers as well as accomplished Horticulturalists. some articles are from the Life Mags but mainly for the Herald newspaper, bi-weekly column in the local business