Letters from the garden
I am loving the weather, we have got some dodgy tan lines on the arms, but I don’t care! This warmth has brought everything on so quickly the phone is off the hook, and we’re loving it.
Myself and Christian visited the Ascot spring show on Saturday the 14thwhich was a lovely day, the nurseries were great and I loved the copper work in the ‘On Point’ garden, so that’s where our vote went. I hope they do it again it’s was a fun few hours.
My tulips have sprung open in the last couple of days because of the heat, my seedlings are loving it, it’s just me lagging behind on the garden, so I can plant them out, never mind I’ll try and catch up this weekend while the guys are fishing, and Tinca and I can relax!! Never with a Jack Russell!!!!
The teams have been coming back saying how beautiful all the trees are now, Prunus, Pyrus, and Magnolia’s, too which we all agree are stunning and glad not to be frosted. All the bulbs are nearly finishing which is mad, but that’s the climate these days, we have been cutting like demons this week, all we needed was some warm weather to dry out the lawns and we can run efficiently.
So this week, it’s been cutting, weeding, pressure washing, Yurt fixing, planting and much more and I think a Gin & Tonic is well deserved whether at home or at The Greyfriar, I might see you there.
Enjoy the garden and make the most of the weather, and enjoy whatever your tipple is at sunset……
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
…..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
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