Spring time is nearly here!
We will soon be able to put the winter behind us and enjoy the longer, warmer days ahead. It may still be chilly outside, with an ever present danger of frost, but there is much to look forward to in the year ahead and there is plenty to be doing in the garden this month. Kickstart your gardening year now with our top tips;
- Prepare your containers and pots for summer planting by giving them a thorough clean
- Mulch alpines to improve drainage and brighten them up
- Feed your spring flowering bulbs to give them a boost of nutrients
- Continue to dead head bulbs, but only once they have completely finished. Try not to remove the stem just take the flower head off
- Sweet peas can be sown outside now
- Herbaceous plants can be planted now
- Plant trees and shrubs
- Cornus, Buddleja, Cotinus, Sambucus and Eucalyptus can be pruned now
- Prune roses
- Plant seed potatoes
- Protect the early blossom on fruit trees
- Harvest leeks, kale and sprouts
- Continue to feed the birds. The 14th-21st February is National Nest Box week. If you haven’t installed a nest box yet, why not put one up this month to help our feathered friends
This time of year is a wonderful time for gardeners, as new life emerges in the garden and there seems to be more and more tasks needing to be undertaken keeping us gardeners busy. Pruning is an important job this month as it can make a huge impact to a shrubs performance and appearance. Pruning usually depends on the flowering time of the plant. The general rule is that spring flowering shrubs should be pruned after they have flowered never before, as this results in loss of flower buds. Summer flowering shrubs usually flower on new wood and so these benefit from a prune now. This will promote plenty of strong new shoots and multiple flowers.
Plant of the Month
A plant to look out for this month is Garrya elliptica, also known as the ‘Silk Tassle’ plant. This enchanting evergreen bears striking silvery pendant catkin like racemes. This is an ideal choice for almost any position in the garden. Allow plenty of room for it to grow as it can reach up to 4m in height! If you are tight on space, why not try growing in a pot to keep under control.
Also Looking Great This Month
Forsythia varieties are truly stunning at this time of year. With an abundance of star shaped yellow flowers from March through to April. This shrub will perform well in sun or partial shade, so look out for this shrub in your local garden centre!
So enjoy your garden this month with all the new life and interest it brings!
Garrya Elliptica ‘James Roof’
The gardening season has officially started. Get planting your summer flowering bulbs now, we have an extensive range now available to provide colour and interest all summer long. Also, grow your own potatoes, onions, beans, peas and shallots this year, with our fantastic range of loose varieties to set now.
Loose Seed Potatoes are now in stock now! Get chitting them now ready for planting, so you can enjoy the best tasting potatoes you’ve ever had.
We have our full selection of seeds available in store now, everything from flowers to veg, we have everything to fulfil your seed needs. If you have a bare patch you never know what to do with, why not sow some wildflower seed? We have some wonderful mixes to choose from.
Come for a warm up in The Topiary Tearoom, and sample our delicious home cooked treats. Just what you need on a cold winters day!