As I work in my garden at the moment my biggest passion is starting to come alive. I love water gardening, from streams, and lakes to tiny water features. As they wake up from the dormancy of winter and the Lilies start to poke their leaves above water level and the filters and pumps are turned on it’s a great joy.
Ponds and lakes are our opportunity to build an entire ecosystem in the back garden, not just a hole in the ground. Ponds can contain hours of fun for the family from catching tadpoles to watching newts and if you have fish the simple pleasure of just watching them is incredibly calming. Of course the sound of running water in your garden always adds another dimension.
Water gardening has its complexities, knowing your nitrates from your nitrites and your nymphae from your nuphars, however the sight of in bloom lilies floating on clear water is absolutely worth the effort. However if your not up for getting wet and clearing out all that sludge, or digging out the new pond, please get in touch with someone who strangely finds it the best part of gardening!
Following on from my last letter and now with drier and sunnier weather here our lawns are definitely ready for some love. As I mentioned previously lawn care is a big issue, I heard somewhere that Garden Centres and the DIY stores suffer from the most come back at this time of year with regards lawn care products.
Professionals have training and access to superior equipment and products that can actually make an affordable difference to your patch of green. From high-end seed products to the knowledge that if you remove something you generally have to put something back. In other words if your lawn has eaten all the available nutrients than a good feed is in order, or if you scarify then generally you need to top-dress as well as add new seed.
There is so much to lawn treatments and they are expensive to do properly that I have to say in the end if you are happy then enjoy, but if you need to deal with your lawn at the very least seek some advice.
Always happy to help
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