The sun is shining, on good days! The birds are singing and the bees are buzzing. It is a joy to be outside getting your hands dirty, and there is a whole year of gardening to look forward to. There is plenty to be doing this month! Take a look at some of the jobs you can be doing in your garden now;
- Mow the lawn on dry days
- Look out for slug damage
- Apply a lawn, feed, weed and moss killer
- Prune rose bushes
- Continue to feed the birds
- Plant chitted second early potatoes now
- Plant summer flowering bulbs
- Divide overgrown perennial clumps
- Plant an alpine border or container
- Remove flowers on perpetual strawberries for a crop of larger fruits later in the year
- Get planning your summer hanging baskets and pots
The summer bedding season is truly upon us and now is the perfect time to plan your summer hanging baskets and pots. There will be a huge choice of summer annuals available to give you a splash of colour throughout the whole summer season. Why not try a different colour scheme this year? Or try planting something different? There are so many different varieties available that will suit all aspects. You can get really creative and let your imagination go wild!
Plant of the Month
This month is all about Dicentra. Whether you like the pink varieties or the white, there is something for every garden when it comes to bleeding hearts. A fairly new variety to look out for is ‘Valentine’. This variety will grow up to 36” high, and bares flowers in a beautiful shade of crimson. Much darker than the usual spectabilis. A perfect choice for a shady spot in the garden. Look out for this new variety in your local garden centre today!
Another Plant to Look Out For This Month
Gladioli ‘Atom’ is not a plant as such, more a corm, never the less certainly worth looking out for this month! First introduced in 1946, this stunning variety is more delicate than others, with small intricate flowers. A favourite for using as cut flowers in the home, often lasting for up to 2 weeks!
Look out for this variety in your local garden centre today!
Enjoy your garden this month!
It’s all about the garden this month!
The gardening season is in full swing, and there is plenty to keep you busy here at Hollybeck. We have a vast selection of perennials, annuals and grow your own veg on sale now. We have a new range of Nematodes to treat Lawn Grubs, Leather Jackets and Vine Weevil, which we are extremely excited about!
Get planning your Summer hanging baskets and pots. Why not plant your own hanging basket on our Summer hanging basket & pot workshop. Taking place at Floralands on Thursday 9th May at 10:30am £25 per person. Book your place today as spaces fill quickly. Booking is essential. Price includes all equipment plus a tea or filter coffee and cupcake on arrival.