The early bulbs in bloom and the lighter evenings tell us that spring is just round the corner, in spite of continuing risks of sharp frosts.
TheIdrifts of snowdrops are the quintessential harbingers of spring – the more the better. Since they are difficult to grow from dry bulbs, the best way to increase the number of snowdrops in your garden is to divide them “in the green“, as demonstrated in this RHS video.
Dahlia tubers stored over winter can be started into growth. Put them in a light, warm place with some compost, but not completely covered, to sprout before taking cuttings or potting up. Keep misting them with a spray-bottle of water to stop them drying out.
Cut back deciduous ornamental grasses and herbaceous perennials left for winter interest or to provide seed for birds.
If this is left too late it will damage the new growth coming through.
Evergreen grasses just need tidying up, to comb out any dead material.
In contrast, the large-flowered clematis that bloom earlier in May-June will flower from the buds that are already there on last year’s growth. So limit any pruning to cutting back stem ends killed off over the winter: work down each stem from the top, cutting back to just above the highest healthy bud.
Prune deciduous hedges, if not already done, before birds start nesting next month.
Place gladioli corms in seed trays or boxes and place in a light, warm spot around 10ºC (50ºF) to encourage them to sprout before planting. This will ensure an earlier display.
Fruit – Pollination Compatibility
Wildlife in the garden
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