Spring has arrived early: Despite all the winter wind and rain, we have not yet had a proper frost in London and this warmth has caused the bulbs to accelerate their growth. Daffodils are flowering, tulips are already prominently protruding from the ground and hellebores, snowdrops and crocuses are looking amazing. Cherry blossom buds are about to burst as the scented winter-flowering Daphnes, Witchhazels, Mahonias, Viburnum and Sarcococca come to an end.
The garden beckons! Once the grass is dry enough to walk on, and pools of water have been absorbed, it is time to start its Spring awakening.
– Now is the time to sow hardy annuals straight into the ground: with the centenary anniversary of the first world war, many people are finding a corner in their garden for some red common field poppies, papaver rhoeas; Protect young seedlings with fleece or cloches during cold nights;
– Once the herbaceous perennials are cut back, divided as necessary, and borders are clear of last year’s debris, apply a mulch of bulky organic matter such as well-rotted garden compost/manure;
– Weeds are already starting to grow; Keep on top of them by dealing with them early;
– Finish pruning all shrub roses;
– Now is a good time to plant evergreen shrubs and hedges;
– With the warmer weather, the grass already needs mowing; wait until the lawn is not too wet and start on a higher mowing setting; Now is also the time to lay new turf.
Anne Fraser and Caroline Streets
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