Slowly we are seeing temperatures rising up to 7-10 C degrees during the day and night time temperatures around 3C degrees. We are keeping the western winds. Daylight is now stretching noticeably with sunrise at about 6.30 AM and sunset at about 18.15 PM.
What a lift to our spirits the longer daylight hours give us, starting with the morning bird chorus. The buds on the trees and shrubs are swelling and some tender leaves of the Whitewashed Bramble are coming forth, all a sign that Spring is here. Now is the time to watch your garden come to life -the most exciting time of our gardening calendar, little miracles happening every day!
It is also a busy time to do those many little tasks. The Begonia tubers need to get started into growth by placing the tubers into a shallow tray with general compost around them. Place the tray in the greenhouse and keep the compost moist and do not let it dry out. New growth will appear in the weeks to come and then the Begonias can be planted into the final position for the season.
Two years ago we got ‘professionals’ in to improve our lawn. That proved a complete waste of money however we did learn something – if you want something done properly do it yourself! We have scarified our lawn but there are still some thick areas to go back to and redo, what an amount of moss we have scratched out! It is mind blowing! Anyway the lawns look healthier and not so congested.
Then there is more sowing of annuals and vegetable seeds to get on with, the Tomato, Courgette, Sweetcorn and the Brassicas. We have Charlotte and Salad Blue Potato tubers to plant out in the next week too. Our Strawberry plants look weather-beaten and need tidying up by removing the old leaves. I pinched out the Sweet Peas and will harden them off in the poly tunnel. Our house plants badly need to be repotted as they did not get that pampering last year!
At some point we have to empty our compost bin, it is gorgeous stuff, it is a great soil improver and helps conserve the moisture during the summer months, so we will spread the compost around plants and on our flower borders.
The winter pruning of our roses will start shortly. As to the pruning of the Buddleias, the Cornus, the Fuchsias and the Hydrangeas, they will have to wait for a few weeks yet till we see new growth of buds or young fresh shoots. The wind damage to the Hypericums, the Escallonias and the Bamboos we will keep an eye on and see if fresh growth appears then we know how far back we have to prune.
Whatever you are up to, busy or not, enjoy this Spring season, the bursting of flowers in all the glorious colours, the Snowdrops, the Crocuses, the Anenomes, the Daphnes and the Celandine. It is nature at its best!