A weekend of gardening

Posted by Richard Jackson on April 9, 2011


How lovely to get this spell of sunny weather. A couple of weeks ago, when I was visiting Wisley gardens, their superb curator, Colin Crosbie, told me that the frog spawn was being laid in the shallows of the ponds and, in folklore, that signified we’re in for a wet spring. So perhaps this lovely weather isn’t going to last too long and we’d better make the most of it!

So this weekend, I’m planning to get as much gardening done as possible. I’ll be potting up my recently received dahlia tubers, potting up the tomato plants, pinching out all the young bedding plants to make them grow bushier and finally, I’ll be treating my grass to some Lawn Magic so it’ll be looking extra good for Easter. And finally, I’m planning to spend some time pottering around the garden and enjoying the spring flowers. My first tulips are in full flower and they’re beautiful but they won’t last long.

In the news this week, Amateur Gardening magazine reports that tickets for a 90 minute tour of Prince Charles’ organic gardens at Highgrove have gone on sale at a whopping £100 each but the money raised will be given to the Prince’s charities. Also, organisers of the Chelsea Flower Show have predicted that blue will be the key colour at this year’s show. And what happens at Chelsea soon influences gardeners everywhere. By luck, I just happen to have grown lots of blue larkspur this year. For once, I might be ahead of the game!

Happy gardening,