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Spring Task

  1. Bullet    A diary is useful for noting down reminders and key events in         the garden.  A rough sketch of the garden is helpful to mark where more colour is needed at different times of the year.

  2. Bullet    When the lawn begins to grow in spring, we mow, rake and     spike it with a fork to improve drainage.  A very thin layer of mixed sand and fine compost is applied and lightly brushed into the grass.  Finally, a dilute liquid lawn fertilizer is applied.

  3. Bullet    Fences and wooden garden furniture are spruced up with a dark brown preservative to give a uniform colour and a strong contrast against the foliage.

  4. Bullet    The compost heap is turned over in early spring to aerate and speed up the composting process so that it is ready for use in May.

  5. Bullet    We search around the plants of hardy cyclamen and aconites for self-set seedlings to transplant to different areas of the garden.

  6. Bullet    The leaves of hellebores are removed before they flower, and old fern foliage is cut back before the new fronds emerge.

  7. Bullet    The winter flowering pansies and primulae sown last year have made sturdy plants and are put in their permanent positions to brighten the spring garden.  The seeds for next year’s plants are sown in seed trays filled with good seed compost. 

  8. Bullet    Cosmos flowers are used to fill gaps in the summer perennial borders.  Seeds of this half-hardy annual are sown in the greenhouse and only planted out when there is no risk of frost.

  9. Bullet    Overcrowded perennials, such as day lilies, delphiniums, daisies, and phlox are split up. The additional plants created are put elsewhere in the garden in groups of three, five or seven for maximum effect.

  10. Bullet    In early spring, the tuberous begonias that have been over-wintered in a dry, frost-free area are put in a little damp compost to encourage growth.

    In late spring the sprouting tubers are planted in containers and tiered baskets in a half-and-half mixture of soil and home-produced compost, with the addition of long-acting fertilizer granules. Water storing granules are placed in the lower third of the compost to encourage the roots to search for moisture.

  11. Bullet    Daffodils and tulips are deadheaded after flowering, but we wait six weeks before removing the leaves.

  12. Bullet    We remove camellia and rhododendron flowers after blooming. About every two years we give a feed of acidic (ericaceous) fertilizer granules to azaleas, camellias, rhododendrons, and other acid-loving shrubs.

  13. Bullet    Lilies live for many years in the ground, but there’s always space for more and these are planted in early spring. Lily plants need to be checked regularly for bright red lily beetles - especially on sunny days in spring and summer!

  14. Bullet    A large decorative, ceramic, pot in the garden can be used throughout the year.  However, by using a plastic pot insert, the floral display can be quickly changed for another plastic pot, which is already planted up for a different season.  For example, in late spring we exchange winter flowering pansies for summer flowering begonias.