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What to do this month
propagating your own plants
Rake lawns to remove winter debris and feed with a feed-and-weed mixture. Spring prune trees and shrubs such as roses. Sow seeds of biennial and perennial plants. Lift and divide clump forming perennials, such as Geum, hardy geraniums and Phlox. Get a head start by take cuttings of Dahlias and fuchsias in a heated propagator at the end of the month.
Start sowing early vegetables such as lettuce, leeks, parsnips, early carrots, broad beans and peas as soon as the soil is warm and workable. Plant early potatoes at the end of the month in warm areas.
Don't forget Mother's Day this month. An ideal opportunity to treat your mother to a trip to a spring garden or to a lovely bunch of spring flowers.
Temperatures in the South, East and Midlands area of the UK have been very cold this month, and temperatures have been even lower in the north.
The cold snap may have done serious damage to many less hardy species such as tree ferns, palms, yuccas, cordylines and semi-tender shrubs. So how can you tell if plants have survived? this can be difficult especially with woody shrubs. Plants that produce growth from a crown such as palms are unlikely to regrow if the tip has gone soft and mushy. The rootstock of many tender plants and shrubs can still regenerate even if the top growth has withered so give them until mid-summer to be sure before digging them up. You can check shrubs by scrapping of a little of the bark, if its green then the heart wood is fine, if brown, then the plant is likely to be dead. Some shrubs can even bud from old wood but if there is no sign of life by late summer it is likely they have perished.
It is also very likely, due to the very wet conditions this year, that tender bulbs and corms left in the ground over-winter, such as dahlias gladioli and Agapanthus, may have suffered from water logging, which can cause the bulbs to rot.
Anemones are simple to grow and naturalize easily. These dainty little flowers appear as if by magic under trees and shrubs in early spring. They lie dormant in summer and autumn so adapt well to dry conditions under trees.
This public garden is famed for its swathes of daffodils and spring bulbs, planted alongside hellebores and primulas. Visitors can also enjoy woodland walks, spring flowering shrubs and dogwoods.
Gardens open daily: 10am/11am to 6pm
The Song Thrush's musical song can be heard all year around in the UK