In the Garden this week
Everyone is awake now and many are flowering:
Added to the plants I want to flower are the weeds. I don't suffer too much with them as I over-plant but they are certainly taking advantage of any late risers and popping up in the gaps. Bindweed is just pulled out - no point trying to get rid of it as it will always come back. 'Housemaid's armpit', Salvia sclarea, is running around all over the bed behind the top pond. Although pretty when it flowers, the blooms detract from the fact that its roots are running rampant! Easy to remove, just annoying as this is a bed I can't get to very easily. The ranunculus are going over now, another couple of weeks and they will have disappeared completely. Then I'll be able to see clearly any gaps that need filling and get the poor pot-starved 'spares' in.
Am going to dig up the kniphofias I planted near the Trachycarpus a couple of years ago as they don't do anything. Got a replacement over the weekend of a Phlomis italica, a lovely pale pink flowered phlomis which I hope will clump up as well as the yellow variety in its place.
Main job of the week is ferrying the sale plants that are in the greenhouse up to the front garden. These include Geranium madarense album, Nicotiana alata, dahlias and tomatoes.
To do in the Garden this month
Keep an eye for early slugs and snails. Now that fresh, tasty new growth is coming through the soil they are beginning to munch....
Get ahead of perennial weeds before they become too large and start to seriously spread
April / May is the seed sowing month for runner and French beans. We are growing both on the allotment and Mike has already sown half of them and put them in his cold frame to germinate. Late sowings of summer flowering annuals can continue, especially with cosmos, marigolds and sunflowers
Open the greenhouse door and vents during the day to keep the air clean and fresh and prevent build up of any nasty diseases. This will also allow in hoverflies and other friendly insects to eat any green or white fly that may decide to take up residence.