Spring. It is isn’t it? There’s daffs, crocus, pussy willow, blossom, birds, frogs & some sunshine so it’s true, spring is here. And this means things are just about to get a bit crazy round here. Good thing I’ve got some chilling workshops on offer.
April Workshops-Grow Your Own Cut Flowers
In April, the workshops will be all about sowing & growing annual flowers in the garden. I’ll be demonstrating how, what & when to sow a cut-flower garden in spring. We’ll be sowing hardy annuals, half hardy annuals, herbs & all sorts of flowers which will keep your vases stocked until October and you’ll have some to give away! Contact to book 07708 643313 firstname.lastname@example.org
As some of you know I grew my own wedding flowers last year & had hundreds of blooms all season.
Always masses of giveaways at this workshop-bring a big box or two. All seeds, compost, pots, lunch, refreshments, instruction included £75. Tools provided.
Dates & details
Friday 21st Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd April 10-3pm (ish), venue Apple Tree Cottage, Potten End, Berkhamsted. Contact to book 07708 643313 email@example.com At this workshop you’ll get to see my brand new dedicated cutting patch at Apple Tree Cottage which currently looks rather lonely & forlorn but in a few months’ time will be totally smothered in flowers.
Garden Coaching-What is it?
Garden coaching is for people wanting to overhaul their existing outdoor space using their current skills but need some help & guidance from a professional gardener. Or, it can be a lesson based affair to new gardeners in their own gardens who don’t know a dandelion from a dahlia. Want a no obligation garden chat about this service? Call me 07708 643313 firstname.lastname@example.org
The longer days and more clement weather provides a good opportunity for ‘Spring’ tasks such as preparing and sowing seed beds, cutting back winter shrubs and generally tidying up around the garden. My top 5 tips this month are:
- Plant shallots, onions and new potatoes, known as ‘earlies’; planted now your potatoes will be ready for digging May through to July.
- Lift and divide overgrown clumps of perennials. These are your plants which grow and bloom over the Spring, Summer and Autumn then die back every Winter before returning in the Spring from their roots rather than re-seeding themselves as an ‘annual’ would do.
- Mow the lawn on dry days (if needed) and scarify at the end of the month to remove dead grass, thatch and moss.
- Cut back any Cornus (dogwood) and Salix (willow) grown for their colourful winter stems.
- Deal with any new weed growth before it takes hold and gets out of hand.
Are we done with this winter yet? I certainly am especially as my winter travels this year only took me away from the UK to Sri Lanka for three weeks…three weeks!!! Read about my Lunuganga Garden visit here. I’m nearly dying of cabin fever here waiting for some warm weather to return.