Jobs in the garden

It’s a quiet time in the garden right now so make the most of it. Pour a cup of tea and settle down with a biscuit (or a plate of them!) and some seed catalogues.

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If you had gaps in the garden last year you could think about filling these with some annuals or Summer flowering bulbs so get choosing.

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Jobs you can carry out in the garden right now include:

If you are lacking scent in the garden plant a flowering shrub  – try Lonicera x purpusii or Chimonanthus praecox ‘Luteus’. I love the scent of sarcococca planted by a front door. It can be quite heady but at this time of year you just get a passing whiff!

Cut back summer flowering clematis to about 18 inches off  the ground.

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Plant garlic, shallots and onions. They need a cold spell to get them moving so if the soil is unfrozen now is a good time to plant.

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Tidy up any fruit cages now and make sure the nets are tight and hole free. If you don’t net wall trained cherries or raspberries you’ll find the blackbirds eat more than you do! They seem to have a sixth sense for when they are just ripe and will strip a whole tree in a morning.

Remember keep tidy – rake and clear leaves to keep pests down, especially slugs.

If you have a garden project in mind and need some garden design advice or help with planting then please get in touch. I work on garden design projects across Lincolnshire, Rutland, Leicestershire, Nottingham and Northampton. Tel: 01572 747318 or 07973843020.

I will design a garden to complement the architecture of your home and choose the right landscaping materials to complement it. If you are frustrated with endless searching for the right fabric or wallpaper and paint colours and overwhelmed with the enormous choice, then allow me to make a handpicked selection for you. I will complement the style of your existing rooms and provide a few choice pieces which will bring the whole look together.