A new year and new beginnings - with a bit of planning there will always be a beautiful bloom to pick for the vase. If time and inclination permits there are a few routine jobs to do in the garden.
Flower Gardener's Diary
Being one of the hottest months of the year, it is important to keep in mind that both sun and heat take at lot of moisture from the flower garden. Only plant in the morning or evenings as it is less stressful for the plants, and keep garden beds well watered.
March tends to be one of the last warmer months, and can either be exceptionally hot, or damp if the autumn rains arrive early.
Make the most of the autumn plant sales, most garden centres have a massive sale at this time of year to make way for new season's plants.
Mother’s Day is one of the highlights of May. Giving and receiving plants and flowers is a wonderful way to acknowledge someone special. Cyclamen begin to flower once the temperatures drop this month, and if kept moist will continue flowering all through the cold months.
When it begins getting cold and dreary outdoors, many gardeners cover the garden with a layer of mulch and walk away until spring. There is nothing wrong with that, in fact it makes for a peaceful and restful winter.
Mid winter showcases a number of flowering shrubs that offer respite from the cold. Many fragrant flowers like Daphne, viburnum, winter sweet and witch hazel are in bloom this month.
With spring knocking on the door it’s all about the power of the flower. Magnolias, Blossom trees, Daffodils, Tulips and a whole host of flowers are beginning to put on a floral finale to say good bye to the winter blues.
Spring time! With Jack Frost still being about in some areas, planting can only begin in earnest with bedding plants, baskets and planters in the warmest of areas. In areas still having hard frosts delay by a month to six weeks.
It's all about flower power in October, with the first long weekend of the spring season, it’s the right time to get planting.
The days are warming up, and summer is nearly here. Plant now so you can enjoy the rewards of a beautifully blooming garden over the summer months.
Roses are in full bloom leading up to Christmas, pick them in the morning and roses can last for a good week in a vase with fresh water. Christmas lilies are filling homes with their delightful aroma, letting us know the festive season is upon us.