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Spring has sprung

27th March 2021

I thought I’d share with you 3 of my garden favorites for this season along with tips and advice for getting the best out of these lovely plants.

My third favourite is the Dwarf Iris flower which is one of the first flowers to bloom, announcing the start of Spring. They are delicate, plants grown from bulbs, growing in shades of blue and yellow and they smell great too.

Fortunately, Dwarf Iris are a breeze to grow and naturalise and multiply easily.

Firstly there are hellebores aka Christmas roses. These striking perennials are perfect for brightening any shady corner you might have with their elegant flowers. Hellebores prefer to grow in rich, well-drained soil in dappled shade. (Avoid waterlogged soil!💦)

✍️Tip! Removing the old leaves in late winter will ensure that the blooms can be seen clearly.

Then there’s Clematis Montana - this particular species of clematis are rapid growers and are great for growing up through trees, along hedges, over garages,(basically anywhere that they have room to grow freely). Clematis flower in abundance in May and June showing colours of pinks and whites.

✍️Tip! Pruning is required only to keep tidy as they only flower on the previous years' wood.

August 2019

Happy summer everyone!!! I've been busy lifting and dividing perennials this month. This is by far the cheapest and most effective way I find to propagate/multiply perennials at home in the garden. I try and get my clients to do the same, try to fill my borders so there is little or no bare soil visible. The simple reason for this is simply to keep down the weeding. This is very effective but you may have to lift and divide some of the more thuggish plants to prevent them from out-competing their neighbors.

Simply dig with a spade wide around the plant preventing as little disturbance to the existing root system as possible, once the pant is lifted, shake off any loose soil and pull or cut the plant into 1 or more pieces, as long as each bit has a crown and roots it will be likely to establish. replace a part of the plant in the existing hole and replant the other parts in a garden or pot them up and give them to a friend. Don't forget that in the height of summer, anything that has been newly planted will need regular watering. 

July from the shade

July 2019

Well if your July is anything like mine, it will mostly be spent getting out and about enjoying the sunshine, maybe lounging in the shade while the kids play in the paddling pool. It hasn't been the warmest or the driest July, but it has definitely been a perfect start for growing produce. Apart from a bit of weeding at home, my attentions have been drawn to the veg patch where I have been taking notes of what has been doing well and what has literally been a flop. Every garden has its ups and downs and a learning curve. What will work for one person may not do so for another. What are you going to scrap off this year and what are you going to grow more of?

Me? Broad beans grow well but I have found that I don't like them, however, we can't get enough onions!

June 2019

Summer arrives! as the longest day approaches, growth in the garden is in full swing, the risk of frost is over and so all vulnerable plants can be moved from the safety of the greenhouse out into the garden. Keep an eye on those weeds though as they will be keen to take over. You might feel as though you spend all your time mowing and weeding, but that is not the be-all and end-all of gardening. Don't make gardening a chore, if you find it getting too much, there is no harm in leaving a troublesome corner of the garden over to nature, removing the grass box on the mower and spreading the clippings or mulching the beds with compost as opposed to weeding. whatever is causing you a headache in the garden, send me a message or a comment on the website and I will help you and your fellow readers come up with some effective time-saving ways to a splendid garden and still have the time to enjoy it!

May the show begin

May 2019

This is the month when we see our gardens as a circus. we have had those moments of anticipation where you arrive and shake off your umbrella (January) and shuffle in semi-darkness to your seat (February). Then your eyes slowly get used to the gloom (March) and start picking out little glossy details rising from the background - the glint of light upon the trumpet or the warm smell of an impatient horse backstage (April). Now we are here in glorious May as the curtain goes up, the music begins and the ringmaster arrives full of bounce and swagger. Finally, the show begins!

Moody March

March 2019

I sit writing this as storm 'Gareth' beats relentlessly against the living room window. The garden beyond a brownie-grey blur with the odd glims of violet, indigo, and pinks of the prims and pulmonarias, the Anemone blanda hasn't bothered to come out today and I really don't blame them! Instead, I added a picture of them in the title so I can look at them for inspiration as, despite the name, they really are quite charming

We were utterly spoilt in February by the beautiful weather and I was truly lulled into a false sense of security. I set up my little plastic greenhouse and sowed lots of seeds; peas, beans, tomatoes, marigolds, leeks, beets... As my better half predicted through my impatience, I lost the whole lot in the gails. 3 weeks of sowing and germination are gone. I'm pretty sure the residents of Castleton will be benefiting from my widely distributed vegetable buffet this summer. Oh well never mind, better start again.

Anyway, my grumble about the weather is over with, what else can we be getting on with this month?

  • Spring means bulbs. It's not the time of year to be planting bulbs and it's still a bit early for lifting them, but now is a good time to have a walk around your garden and enjoy the ones that are blooming. Take a notepad or some plant labels and mark out any gaps or clumps that you will later want to divide.
  • Plant for early pollinators
    • Wallflowers
    • Primula vulgaris
    • Bugle
    • Crocus
    • Hellebore
    • Clematis chirosa
  • Pop down to your local garden center and bag a few of these. Plant them at home in the borders or create a couple of eye-catching containers for the front garden or patio. The bees will thank you for this early supply of nectar and pollen and also you will add some extra charm to your garden especially if planted amongst your already flowering bulbs!
  • Cut back summer flowering clematis to 3 buds from the ground and make sure that the supports are in good condition for this growing season. if you haven't already, give your summer flowering perennials a tidy-up by removing last year's growth. whilst you're doing this, check through the borders for any perennial weeds and remove them as you go.
  • Give the lawn it's first topping. If your lawn has begun to grow, there is no harm in giving it its first trim. Remember to raise the mower blades to the top and don't cut if the ground is frozen or waterlogged.
  • The good weather may only come in brief spells but when it does remember to take a minute to enjoy your garden!

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