lundi 8 mars 2010

More stuff to do in March!

Ok, so you got your ground fertilized and your skeletons out of the garden? Great! Next please.

An NB - remember to water any potted bulbs. They are reaching for the sky right now, happy to see the light after a long dark winter and they are thirsty so don't forget to give them a drink. Try to brave the cold winds and pop outside to give them a bit of care and they will pay you back making bright spots of colour where you need them most.

March, also the month to......prune the roses. Remove a percentage of the old wood where you can promote new wood (a healthy vigorous plant is less susceptible to disease). And if you have a forsythia, remove a third of the flowering wood to encourage an arching growth. Don't prune it in a square, I find that a bit unnatural. Here's a really beautifully natural one.

Allez - to work!

2 commentaires:

  1. is there anything we could do for the potted plants on the balcons to prepare for spring time?
    i have geraniums, cyclamens and ivy... and would love to plant some new ones this year but have no idea where to start.

  2. Hi Ginny. Are your plants in individual pots or large planters? If they are all in large planters, you could apply some slow release fertiliser (see 'Things to do in March' post below) and dig that gently into the soil.

    Glad your cyclamens have made it, unlike mine! You must be in a very sheltered spot if your geraniums have survived the winter. You can pick off the brown leaves from the cyclamens, chop the any ivy trails that have brown leaves on them and just in general give the ivy a 'haircut' - it's hardy and will grow back quickly and thicker. Take off any brown leaves from the geraniums and any old flower stems that might be left and cut down any branches that are thin or don't have healthy growth on them.

    What kinds of plants are you looking for? It's starting to be the time to plant summer bulbs for example which will come back year after year. How much space to you have to plant? Are you looking for an all year round plant or an annual? Let me know! Claire