Preparing for spring

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A calm, dry weekend allowed us to finish off the herbaceous border work for the winter. All stems have now been cut down to ground level, allowing the new growth to come through unimpeded. Some plants are already starting to make some good progress and I think that the colour and form of some of the new herbaceous shoots as they come through equal the flowers that come later on.

wpid-20121103_092640-1.jpgWe’ve also given the hybrid tea roses a good prune back this year, having found that the harder we prune them, the more blooms we get. In the cuttings bed, meanwhile, all of the hardwood cuttings we took from the self-same roses last autumn seem to have come through the winter, with some promising buds and new shoots appearing. It won’t be until later in the spring or early summer when we’ll be able to see for sure which ones have struck root.

In the greenhouse, I had a look at last year’s seedlings which are now starting to show signs of life. The baby Hostas and Rudbeckia Goldsturm are now pushing out new leaves, as is the Acanthus (Bears Breeches) and the Kniphofia (Red Hot Poker). As the grass, Pennisetum ‘Tall Feathers’ has remained evergreen in the greenhouse unlike the ones we planted in the autumn outside, they were in need of potting on from their 2”x 1” modules, as were the Eupatorium ‘Joe- Pye Weed’, although these have been dormant over the winter. Significant root growth suggests, though, that these are about to burst into life!

I took a wander round to the old pleasure grounds to see if the carpets of snowdrops were out yet. Walking through the woods, the calm air was filled with the heady scent of the Viburnumwpid-20130303_114250.jpg

bodnantense which are the best I’ve seen them for years. Some of the snowdrops are out, but by no means all. I was rewarded, though, by the sight of a pair of beautiful Roe Deer at close range.

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20 Responses to Preparing for spring

  1. Loving the close up of the snowdrops.

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  3. What a difference a few days of nice weather makes! Your viburnum certainly is a stunner and those snowdrops – well they are certainly dressed to impress.
    Pleased all your cuttings and seedlings are doing well – it’s good when it all comes together.

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  4. Snowdrops are beautifully naturalized and I’m loving that viburnum! Can’t wait until ours start to show signs of life. Going to try and force them indoors. Sandi

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  5. Bill S says:

    What a lovely collection of snowdrops, and one of my favourites at this time of year Viburnum with a perfect scent.

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  6. Pauline says:

    Lovely to see your snowdrops making such a delightful carpet. You have been very busy, must do more myself, I seem to play catch up all year!

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  7. Oh to see that many snowdrops in bloom, such a beautiful sight. In another week a full carpet no?

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  8. You were certainly busy…I am chomping to get out and work in the garden…still snowing here so my outdoor work will wait till later this month and will be done quickly…Warm weather veg seed starting this weekend though…my seed starting station is getting busy. I cannot wait to see your snowdrops when they are really out..my goodness.

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  9. Kevin says:

    What a beautifully productive day! May your hard work be rewarded with plentiful blooms.

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  10. That Viburnum is gorgeous! Interested to see your comment on cutting back the hybrid tea roses, I have shrub roses and a rambler, I have been very moderate in my pruning, though they are mostly fairly new plants (No more than three years since planting.) Maybe next year I’ll be more aggressive.

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