Letters from the garden
Chelsea week, how many of you have visited this year? Lots I imagine, it’s too busy for us to make at this time of year so I might go Hampton Court again. I bet it’s bustling and full of colours and smells to keep our minds reeling with ideas for our gardens.
I love going to the shows, but for a gardening and design partnership like my husband and I, it’s always at the wrong time we never seem to have a break when we can all go, maybe a bit of forward planning for next year so we can enjoy it with everyone else.
We’ve had some warmth, but last week was wet and chilly again, the grass won’t stop growing and we are having to cut our own lawns weekly which is ridiculous!
It’s doesn’t help that we have been practising with the selective weed kill sprayers to freshen our skills for the coming season, and also feeding the lawn.
I am currently cat sitting for my parents so I have their garden and pots to look after, extra pressure as I’m expected to keep up these standards, so I am managing the team trying to do my own garden and my parents, I’ll be glad to go to my friends in France in June and only work on their bee garden, it’s a lot less pressure and it comes with wine, which I have to say works well as long as it’s lovely and warm.
We have done a few planting plans and designs this year already so if you are interested in transforming an area or just need some help with making your garden more fabulous then don’t forget we have the plant knowledge and the design skills all under one roof, the Mow ‘n’ Blow roof that Is and we can also meet and greet at our office on Wyevale Garden and landscaping centre in Rake, just give us a call and we will help.
Enjoy the garden and I hope you have fun plant shopping and watching the Chelsea crew this year.
Letters from the garden
It’s warm at last lovely and sunny, getting warmer each day. Our Cherry tree is coming into bloom a little later than normal but it’s going to look stunning. The tulips are out and we have had to water the pots already. Thankfully we have lots of water butts and containers so lots of rain collected for such indulgence.
One job we will be tackling is our compost area, it’s so big and where I haven’t managed it this winter, it’s going to be even harder work to get at the good stuff!! That’s my fault for not scheduling my own team to sort it, I will have to tackle it myself now as the teams are all busy and will be for the rest of the year with all the new queries we’ve had, thank you to everyone who is part of the Mow ‘n Blow customer base, it’s a great start to another year.
Well I have braved the big manger on the wall, but I have gone for hardier plants so it should be ok, I’ve got various Diascia and million bells and trailing Nepeta, should look pretty, and I have gone for Margerites in pots as these are an instant hit and they last all spring and summer, and any of the daisies will keep going, just keep dead heading and you will well rewarded.
I was given a large wooden planter recently, not the sort of pot I go for as the wood rots out eventually, but I have used it to make a mini fernery with some added flowers for shade, hellebores, Bleeding heart and Jack frost and Alchemilla Mollis, recycling my Christmas mossy log as part of the feature!!!
Pics on the website, if you have time to look. Well enjoy the garden in this lovely weather and don’t forget to water your nature babies.
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