New Year - New Life
January has flown by in the usual style, and as we move into February we start to see the signs of Spring. You can almost feel the anticipation in the air as plants start to wake up and the bulbs begin to emerge. New life and a fresh start. I love this time of year!
There is some good early colour around the grounds, with drifts of snowdrops and cyclamen popping up, but our daffodil avenue is currently stealing the show. It’s planted up with over 30,000 Narcissus 'Rijnveld's Early Sensation', a classic yellow trumpet-type daffodil and one of the earliest blooming. It can tolerate cold, snowy weather and it has a long blooming period. We even had a few up in December.
This time of year, the work moves towards seasonal jobs, pruning and finishing off the Winter work. There is a lot to do over the next few weeks in preparation for spring and the pressure is on. We have already put in our indoor early potatoes and are about to start sowing seeds including tomatoes, peppers, indoor salad crops, leeks, sweet pea and assorted bedding plants for this year’s displays. Put in shallots and garlic now if you didn’t do it in the autumn. We have just pruned our grape vines and also applied a winter wash made from sulphur, lamp oil and soap. This helps with pests and diseases. Winter pruning of fruit trees should be finished as soon as possible. Do not prune stone fruit such as plums or peaches in the winter. Leave this for spring and summer. Roses should also be pruned back soon before they come into growth.
It’s never too early to mow the lawn if weather permits, but watch out for emerging spring bulbs. Herbaceous plants can be moved or divided as the soil dries out and bare root plants can still be planted for the next few weeks. If you have a tree or shrub that’s in the wrong place, then now is the time to move it. Dig around it carefully and take as much root as you can then stake it in its new position until its roots take hold. The important thing is to remember to keep it watered over the dry summer months. We have done a bit of transplanting ourselves this year, and hopefully everything will thrive in their new homes. We have also been busy dividing plants in our herbaceous borders and for the first time we will be selling our own plants in our new plant sales area, so keep your eyes open for them in the coming weeks. It is a great way to buy plants, as you know they are locally sourced.
Although it is not the best weather, there is still plenty to see in the grounds and gardens. I love walking around the lake at this time of year and watching all the birdlife. I am looking forward to the spring, and to witnessing life renew itself all around the grounds and gardens. I hope you get to visit and see it too. Adam
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- February Flowers
- New Year - New Life
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