…..April – Springtime, hopefully by we have some warmer weather to watch all the flowers and new growth coming up, and the start to the season.
By now you will probably already have started sowing seeds undercover and for a lot of flowers especially for cut gardens you can now sow outside direct, normally wait for the last frost, but with the climate we now have, that’s not so easy to judge.
I have for the first time in a couple of years purchased my seeds at the right time, I am trying to have the flowers I enjoy but to also have more cut flowers than normal, I shall also be doing a bed of sweet peas my husband’s favourite, don’t forget they need plenty of good soil and to be well watered.
With the frosts watch fruit blossoms as they can be affected, they will burn the flower out and no fruit this year will be the result, if you can protect it’s worth it, if not hope for the frosts to be over.
Keep on top of the weeding as those pesky weeds can go rampant if not spotted early enough. Get ready with the safe weed killer when the weather warms up, and then just keep an eye out for them as they come up.
This is a good time to feed hungry shrubs and trees and if you haven’t done the muck for the roses do it now. Also, a good time to check of supports for climbing plants do they need replacing or are they in place, also great ready with the pea-sticks for the herbaceous coming up, Peonies and Delphiniums will need some support if the surrounding plants aren’t doing the job.
The Cherry Trees should be flowering or at least ready to now, I love seeing all the different varieties, RHS Wisley is a good place to go for a wonder to look at the different trees and all the lovely varieties of bulbs, it gives a good indication of what flowers you prefer and then you can plan for next year.
Just be ready as it’s going to be busy coming into May, cutting will have started by now so check if you need to soil and seed any areas as the seed will germinate quicker and will look good for the rest of the year.
Oh, and if you don’t have time just call us 😊01420 83471
Lynn and Christian Dupont
Mow n Blow Garden Services Ltd
MNB Horticulture Ltd
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
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