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Spring Showstoppers

Oh wow, higher temperatures and a sprinkling of rain and the gardens have gone native. I literally walked round with an open mouth, in shock, at the incredible amount of growth in a week.

When Mother Nature puts her mind to it, she can really overwhelm us.

However there’s no time to stand and gawp when there’s work  to be done…

We’ve waged war on the Spanish Bluebell  over the last couple of weeks and  created a mountain of the invaders.  It’s an impossible task to get rid of them all in one year but we have made a start and set the bar for the future.

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The top pile are the Spanish, bottom are the dainty English ‘bells.

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Now is the time to buy seed of Biennials ready to sow (in the next few weeks) and grow for flowers next year.  Along with Foxgloves and Hollyhocks, a must have plant is this stunning variegated white Honesty..

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If you have your hand in your purse and space for more plants another great purchase would be 20-30 bulbs (more if you can afford it) of beautiful blue Camassia. Good positioned in dappled shade and moist soil.

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The first Peonies are nearly over with the promise of more to come.

No garden should be without..

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We’ve provided them with these ‘living willow’ supports as the flower heads get too heavy when it rains.

That’s the fun bit over, now back to the weeding 🙁

This week in the garden, in the container and in the vase

With the sun and rain this week the borders have doubled in volume of plantage (not a real word but should be!).  It is that week of the year when I go from ‘I am in control, I am in control, I am in control’ to ‘oh my word, this is truly beyond me, I need 10 helpers at least to sort this out’ and then to ‘okay, it doesn’t have to be pristine, let’s enjoy the sheer glory of plant growth and wowee!..’

Two jobs made me feel better.

1) Edging…

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So I didn’t get right into all the borders, but creating a visible delineation between lawn and flower bed, at least gave an impression of being on top of it..haha!

2) Tying- in climbers

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It is imperative to tie – in the new shoots of climbing roses now as they grow.  The stems are fragile yet  flexible at this stage in their growth. They will often get broken off in strong winds, so additional support in the form of attaching them to wires with garden twine will prevent the worst damage. They can also be manipulated easily to increase the framework and shape of the rose to your own design.

It will also prevent them taking your eye out as you pass by or under later on in the year…

Clematis can also become an unruly mass if left to their own devices., twining their leaves around each other to gain support. They very quickly become inseparable and you are left with a big clump that won’t neatly cover the beautiful structure you may have provided it to climb or the ugly one you are trying to disguise…

Sweet peas need stakes to climb and the beautiful golden hop quite often needs some direction rather than straight up, as is its wont. Passion flowers, honeysuckles, vines are all  forging ahead with massive growth right now so try to keep an eye on them…

Most Narcissi are over now and we have to put up with their foliage for a little while longer so they can feed the bulbs for next year.  We must resist the urge to cut them down.  However, these little bulbocodiums are still going strong in their container and are just so cute.

 

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On the edge of the woodland garden, the wild garlic is in flower this month with its ever so pretty star-like  blooms

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I treated myself to an armful of Spring to put in a vase this weekend as a reward for a really frantic week in the gardens…

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In the vase is Lilac, Peony, Zantedeschia, Tulips, Camassia, Cow parsley and weeping pear.