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News From the Garden

At last the days are starting to get longer and hopefully you've been able to enjoy some time in the garden between rain showers. Spring bulbs are already starting to poke their heads up and the iris reticulatas  are looking beautiful even if their appearances are brief. If you were inspired by Chris Well's talk about honey bees you can find the best plants to provide food for them here on the RHS website.

The RHS top 10 jobs for the month:

  1. Prepare vegetable seed beds, and sow some vegetables under cover

  2. Chit potato tubers

  3. Protect blossom on apricots, nectarines and peaches

  4. Net fruit and vegetable crops to keep the birds off

  5. Prune winter-flowering shrubs that have finished flowering

  6. Divide bulbs such as snowdrops, and plant those that need planting 'in the green'

  7. Prune Wisteria

  8. Prune hardy evergreen hedges and renovate overgrown deciduous hedges

  9. Prune conservatory climbers such as bougainvillea

  10. Cut back deciduous grasses left uncut over the winter, remove dead grass from evergreen grasses

We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting of the year on the 19th February when our speaker will be Marina Dunn on the topic of from Theatre Design to Garden Design. Marina is the owner of Urbanbotanic garden designs and an interesting evening awaits us.

If you're interested in historic gardens have a look at the Gloucestershire Gardens and Landscapes trust website. We've also been contacted by a school in upstate New York who wanted to share a website they found about greenhouse design. You can have a look at it here

Happy Gardening!