Lifting and Dividing Perennials
The Jewel Garden is at the heart of Longmeadow, with its borders holding an abundance of richly coloured summer flowering herbaceous perennials. At the height of summer this garden is an exuberant display of colour, form and texture but as with any herbaceous border, good house-keeping will keep its perennial displays at their peak and spring is the perfect time to rejuvenate and rearrange. This week Monty continues his work in this garden by lifting established clumps of Acanthus and Geranium to create a wealth of new plants and reinvigorate the original stock. Monty also takes the opportunity to develop the Jewel Garden’s overall design by removing all of the Acanthus spinosus. He replants it in a area of Longmeadow that will be perfect for it’s lush glossy green foliage and tall flower spires – the Long Walk.RHS Dividing Perennials
Old Thatch Gardens, Buckinghamshire
With every changing season a gardener is given a renewed list of tasks to undertake, and with spring on our door step - this week is no exception. Rachel de Thame visits a garden that once belonged to one of England’s most celebrated authors, Enid Blyton. She discovers how its current owner maintains a stunning display and helps her with the gardens timely maintenance. Whilst cutting back stems left for winter interest and pruning rambling roses learns of how the gardens at Old Thatch provided inspiration for Enid Blyton’s. She also uncovers signs of the RHS top pest and disease Viburnam Beetle.For opening times and further information
Old Thatch, Coldmoorholme Lane,
SL8 5PS, UK
Glendurgan Gardens, Cornwall
Spring may be officially with us from the 20th March this year but after a very cold December gardens across the country are finding that spring’s colourful awakening is a little late. This week Carol heads south to Glendurgan - a Cornish valley garden, nestled in the Gulf Stream. Despite their mild micro climate, Carol discovers that the coldest December in 100 years has affected even this protected oasis.For opening times and further information:
Cornwall TR11 5JZ
Telephone: 01326 252020
Potting up summer bulbs
March at Longmeadow is an exciting, vibrant time and the advent of spring is a marker to start planning for summer. Monty wants sumptuous colour and luxurious plants to add an extra dimension to the garden, and there is no better way of adding that little bit extra than with summer bulbs in pots. Monty has decided on Lilium regale, Eremurus × isabellinus 'Cleopatra' and Eucomis autumnalis – all stunning plants which do well in pots. Gardeners get the best performance from the bulbs by taking advantage of the controlled enviroment a pot offers and Monty explains how giving them the right soil mix now will gaurantee years of flowers and enjoyment.BBC – Potting up summer bulbs
Pruning Soft fruit
Pruning is an annual task and the fruit garden is no exception. In Longmeadow the fruit garden contains a number of ageing red and white currants and, this week, Monty sets about cutting back these established plants to reinvigorate them and promote new growth for future fruit production. He also explains how pruning well will minimise the risk of pests and diseases.BBC Gardening – Pruning soft fruit
Jobs for the weekend – Protecting the Soil
Protecting the soil at this time of the year will help warm it up ready for sowing as well as drying it out. You can do this with cloches or with a sheet of clear plastic.
Jobs for the weekend – Sow Mixed Salad
In March, as the cold greenhouse stands empty, why not sow a salad leaf mix and take advantage of an early crop before the time comes to plant your tomatoes.
Jobs for the weekend – Remove Weeds
Now is the time to make sure your beds are clear of weeds. Get in and remove them making sure to take out all of the root system. Doing this now, while the borders are bare, will help ease the burden of weeding later in the year.
Other Gardens looking good now -
Across the country there are many gardens looking great right now, we’ve listed some below.
NORTHUMBERLANDChesters Walled Garden
LINCOLNSHIREEaston Walled Gardens
DUMFRIES & GALLOWAYGalloway House Gardens
EAST SUSSEXSheffield Park Garden
NORFOLKFairhaven Woodland and Water Garden
We always love to see your gardens, and this year more than ever we want you to get in touch, particularly if you've got any gardening dilemmas that Joe or Rachel could help you with.
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- Liz Rumbold
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