Letters from the garden
Oh my god, snow it’s SPRING!!!! Hasn’t anyone told mother nature to stop messing with us! Anyway, rant over, considering the snow and I do like it, the bulbs are doing well, my Hellebores have recovered, and we are cutting grass on the warmer days as it’s needed.
We have had our first cut of the year and it’s made the garden look a lot better, just need to start sowing seeds. Weeding is already happening when they aren’t frozen that is.
No doubt with Easter being early, it will be cold, don’t be duped into buying plants before they are ready to be outside, and avoid Senetti’s they do not like frost but should be ok in the house or a conservatory until the frosts past.
The teams are up and running, just waiting for the best of the weather to start and it will be as every year, hit the ground mowing! Attack the weeds, prop the peonies up, check the stakes are in the right place and plant those pots up,
I should say I’m not happy as at the weekend I discovered Vine Weevil grubs, they have ruined my native primroses and a Heuchera, both in tubs so I’m afraid I have already had to douse the pots and beds just in case. Keep an eye out for bugs even at this time of year, the little buggers get there before you do.
If you do need help in the garden let us know, we will be here J
Mow ‘n’ Blow Garden Services Ltd
MNB Horticulture Ltd
Keeping it local
March here we come…. enjoying spring and all the bulbs that are showing through, we’ve enjoyed the snowdrop display, crocus and Daffodils alike I love the cherry blossom and the Weeds!!!
Yep we’ve been weeding already just mad but that’s climate change for you, do I need my waterproof jacket, or do I need my fleece either way it’s work that needs doing.
The Roses are budding, grass is growing and shrubs are already flowering, we are into the best time of year, you can still divide and plant out and a good thing to do this month is prune Cornus (dogwood) and Salix (willow) ready for the new growth and coloured stems for winter, cut back grasses that had been left for winter, ready for the new growth and if you haven’t already done so chuck some lovely well-rotted muck at the roses.
You can be cropping winter veg and getting ready to sow or plant spring and summer veg, also if you do pots lettuce and radish are quick growers and will keep the gaps between veg filled quite happily.
Snowdrops should be finished, and you can move or divide in the green, you can still purchase summer flowering bulbs like dahlias so look out for your favourites. Bedding plants will now be available, if you are buying make sure you have frost protection, greenhouse, cold frame etc. to stop damage, happy planting and plan your pots and baskets.
Ponds - you should now able to start feeding your fish just check your ponds for any jobs that need doing, if you have pumps and filters check they are working and resolve any issues.
Oh and if you don’t have time just call us 😊01420 83471
Lynn and Christian Dupont
Mow n Blow Garden Services Ltd
Letters from the garden
It’s cold but spring is in the air, the birds are very active in the hedgerows and playing, it’s fun to watch, that’s part of gardening you notice the behaviours rather than just the feeding, the love the bathing whether it’s water or dust baths it’s all part of the game.
I have my Tete a Tete out showing their little yellow faces, love it and I can’t wait for the next sign of spring. The hellebores and showing off rather nicely, making me smile every time I walk up to the house, it’s these moments that you have or have not planned that make all that planting and weeding and digging worthwhile. I have a concrete pad at the side of our property and shady so it’s all pots, so I have tried to choose for all seasons, Witchazel, Hellebores, bulbs, Heucheras, Hostas and herbaceous Geraniums, with Ferns as I love them. It cheers up the spot and we get move it around the seasons change.
Well we’ve been working with a current client on their retail space, it has been designed by a Chelsea award winning designer, and hopefully will be finished in time for spring. The lawns are already starting to grow, I’ve even started weeding my own garden, the teams have been busy on pond planting projects and now the gardening is starting with vengeance, so If you do need to think about the garden don’t forget to call us.
We are also working on Garden Designs and Planting Plans so you know we can help on both sides, we like to keep ourselves busy, busy, busy.
Hope to hear from you 😊
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