Tips and suggestions to get the most from your garden
Lift and plant snowdrops in pots.
The key to replanting anything is not to disturb the roots. If you can do this a plant won’t know it’s been moved and will continue happily growing away.
At this time of year it’s fun to lift some snowdrops just make sure you don’t tear the roots of the bulbs. This you can be done by digging down under the bulbs keeping some soil between the bulbs and your trowel.
Simply lift them and then just place them in a pot with compost in the bottomn. Cover the bulbs with compost and add a top layer of grit. Place them in the green house or on a windowsill and this will encourage them to flower a little earlier than the ones in the ground.
The advantages of doing this is that it will brighten your day, you’ll be able to admire their beauty up close and you will be able to smell their delicate scent.
After they have finished flowering you can dig a hole and place them back in the grounds.
Simple but rewarding.
A garden Diary
Keeping a gardening diary or a scrapbook can be endless fun. It is a great way to build up knowledge and chart your gardens develpment. They can be as simple or as detailed as you wish.You could include the following.
A record of what you’ve bought and when you bought it. This will give you an idea of how your purchases have grown over time.
Keep the labels off plants to remind you what they are.
Take regular photos to remind yourself of your sucesses or to plan improvements you wish to make.
Write down names of plants you think you might like to add to your garden.
Record when you sow seeds and when they flower.
Make a list of your favourite annuals and perennials to remind you which seeds to buy.
Cut out pictures and articles from magazines to inspire you.
Over winter take time to enjoy your dairy and plan for the year ahead.
Three must haves for the winter/ spring garden
I’m often asked what to plant in the garden for winter/spring scent and colour here are three of my favourites. Be advised that they all prefer a shelterd spot,in full sun or partial shade and they all prefer a moist but well drained soil. check their height and spread and allow them plenty of space to flourish.
This is often known by its’ common name winter box. An evergreen plant it comes into its’ own in early spring when the small white flowers realease a heavenly scent. it is best planted in a shelterd spot near a doorway or path where you can catch a whiff of its’ fragrant scent. later on in the season you will be rewarded with little black berries which will fall and overtime produce seedlings.
We all have our favourites and this is mine. I enjoy the new tactile hairy buds over winter and am overjoyed when i see it’s star shaped flowers in spring. Later on in autumn the leaves provide interest. Every garden should have one and porbably will at least in Kirkcudbright
Commonly know as whitch hazel it’s has delicate looking blooms and it’s scent reminds me of a jasmine scented Arab bazzar. Simply delicious.
Tip – Place the shrubs in the border while still in their pots let them flower and move them around the garden until you find the perfect spot for them.
As spring approaches plants that you kept for winter interest will start to look a bit bedraggled. With this in mind get out into the garden, when the weather allows, and start to tidy up old foliage.
May- Prune Clematis montana shoots
As the buds begins to swell on your Clematis montana they can often be overwhelmed by vigorous new shoots.
The solution is just to snip off the young shoots.
By doing this it will mean all eyes will be on the flowers.
Sit back and enjoy the show.
Pinching out sweet peas
If you want masses of sweet peas all you need to do is simply pinch out the tops of the plants. The video below shows you how.