My Garden: Spring time is in the air

Spring seems to have arrived in our garden this week.

Thursday, 16th March 2017, 8:30 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:08 am
One of the colourful features in Christines garden, which she opens to the public to raise money for charity

With the recent sunny days all the dauntingjobs that needed to be done have been tackled. One of our main priorities is keeping the patios and paths clear from algae.

We find Algon a good treatment and this needs to be sprayed on while the paths are dry and preferably not on a windy day so that borders and plants are not affected.

It only takes a few days for the paths to be clear and free from slippy areas.

If you have a lawn, now is also a good time for the first cut with the blades on the highest setting.

If you have a problem with moss, either use a lawn rake or an electric scarifier to get out as much as possible and then aerate the lawn using a garden fork to make holes about every foot or so.

Trim the edges and your lawn is prepared for a feed.

If you have worm casts on the grass, wait until they dry out and then lightly brush themover the grass.

March is when I feed the borders with Growmore, if the soil is wet there is no need to hoe it in but if the soil is dry and you do use the hoe be careful not to cut the tips of any daffodils, tulips or other spring bulbs that may not yet have pushed through the soil.

For ericaceous plants such as heathers, azaleas, camellias I use a liquid seaweed feed.

It’s a pity we don’t live near the coast, I would love to collect the seaweed to put round my plants but the bottle stuff does the trick.

Cheerful daffodils are rearing their heads

After the high winds we have had recently it is best to check any climbers you may have and tie them in if the wind has blown them about.

After doing all this boring but necessary work,it is good to stand back and look at a neat and tidy garden and of course to have a walk round and admire the snowdrops (although these are nearly over)crocus, primroses, hellebores and the alpines which are emerging – corydalis, saxifrage, hepaticas and many more which will be flowering in the course of the next week or so.

The daffodils and some narcissus which we bought in the Scilly Isles are in bloom and lots of tulips are already in bud after the mild winter.

Perennials are beginning to come out of dormancy and each day I spot something else and am pleased that I haven’t lost anything so far to our unpredictable climate.

We open our garden to the public on the last Sunday in April to raise money for the charity PACT (Parents Association for Children with Tumours and Leukaemia) and pray for sunshine.

Cheerful daffodils are rearing their heads