April showers!


Princess Irene tulipsWell we did need lots of rain, but I just wish it would fall at night rather than during the day! I've been getting soaked the past few days and that's just whilst running down the garden to get to the greenhouse.

There's so much happening in the greenhouse at the moment. I've been pricking out seedlings, potting on tomato and pepper plants and sowing seeds – I've just sown seeds of a beautiful perennial astrantia called 'Ruby Cloud' as well as some pretty blue cornflowers. I've also been cutting the first of my home grown ranunculus and anemones, both of which I planted in the depths of winter.

My main job yesterday was potting up my over-wintered dahlia tubers. I'm a bit late this year, but they'll soon start sprouting, at which stage I'll divide them up. I'll knock the plants out of their pots, and divide up the plants in half, each with shoots and tubers. I'll then pot these up individually, grow on until late May then plant into the garden.

I've grown some big pots of tulips this year and I'm rather relieved that they've been braving the downpours. One of the good things about the cooler weather is that the flowers are lasting longer. Princess Irene (pictured) is in full bloom now and shortly Spring Green will be at it's peak. I've noticed a few of these stunning green and ivory tulips have streaks of red on the petals. I'm not sure if this variation is due to the colder weather but I'll be pretty disappointed if it doesn't fade out before the flowers reach their peak.

Everything looks so fresh and lush outside, especially the lawn. And, as I rush to avoid the showers, it's a useful reminder that all this rain really is helping!

Happy gardening

1 Comment

  1. Beverley Horsfall April 13, 2013 at 10:54 am -  Reply

    Hello richard .I have just recieved my anemones which were featured in last weeks show ,It says to soak overnight but i dont know which way up to plant them?I havent got a garden ,but do have a few pots and thought id try these ,they are such funny shapes please can you help ? sincerely Beverley

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