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Duration: 30 minutes

In this new series plantswoman Carol Klein shares with us a year in her garden at Glebe Cottage in North Devon.

March and April is a time of huge change in the garden, as the remnants of winter make way for the hope of spring. Carol is busy clearing away the last of the winter detritus to make way for waves of planting. There's pruning to be done and she sows the first seeds of the year. Snowdrops are replaced by celandines and violets, and along the lanes and hedgerows, primroses abound.

A local hedge pruner, who has come to cloud-prune Carol's box hedge, finds his work interrupted as the lengthening days of April bring a nesting hedge-sparrow to the garden.

  • March In Bloom – Primrose

    March In Bloom – Primrose

    The primrose is native to Britain; it is the quintessential flower of March and Easter time, especially in Devon, where the hedgerows brim with their bright early blooms. They are the perfect edge-of-woodland flower and easy to grow from seed.

    The Seed Site – about primroses
  • April In Bloom – Tulips

    April In Bloom – Tulips

    Carol adores tulips but her soil conditions are not ideal, heavy, slightly acidic clay, so she grows hers in pots. Not only do they grow strongly but they also can be placed around the garden just as they come into finest bloom.

    Top tulips awarded the RHS AGM
  • Hot Borders – Niwaki, Cloud pruning.

    Hot Borders – Niwaki, Cloud pruning.

    ‘Nawaki’ is the Japanese art of cloud-pruning. Jake Hobson, an expert in the art, sculpts Carol’s serpentine box hedge in the Hot Borders to reflect and echo the soft curves of the landscape beyond the garden.

    Jake Hobson - cloud pruning
  • Potting Shed - Sowing first seeds.

    There’s an excitement about sowing the first seeds of the year. Each tiny seed holds within it all the hope for the seasons yet to come. Fine seed like Nicotiana can be sown into trays and larger seed like, Cerinthe, can be sown into individual cells.

    RHS Seed sowing advice
  • Woodland Garden - Planting amelanchier 'La Paloma'

    Carol’s much loved Astelia succumbed to winter frosts. Its removal creates a planting opportunity. Perhaps one of the finest small trees for any garden is Amelanchier, Snowy mespilus, from North America. Carol chooses the ‘La Paloma’( the dove) variety.

    Wikipedia - about Amelanchier
  • Woodland Garden -Trillium chloropetalum.

    Woodland Garden -Trillium chloropetalum.

    It has taken Carol seven years to grow her trilliums from seed. They love moisture and shade so are perfect for growing in woodland though they do not like waterlogged conditions.

    RHS Trilliums info
  • Brick Garden - Dividing perennials.

    Congested clumps of perennials can become weak and die-off in the centre. Lifting and dividing every two or three years not only ensures plant health and vigour, it increases stock numbers at the same time.

    RHS Dividing perennials


Carol Klein
Mark Scott
Mark Scott
Series Producer
Tricia Lawton
Executive Producer
Gill Tierney
Executive Producer
Sarah Moors


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