Feb 22 2020 Spring is starting to come out in the Orchard. I had to do serious trimming of suckers, after all that work I realized I need to document with before and after pictures as I progress this year.
April 18 in full spring blossom
So it’s spring. The snow has melted away and it’s started to rain a lot. Buds are sprouting on trees and the first signs of green can be seen. You’ve been waiting all year for this moment when you can once again return to your favorite stress reducing hobby: gardening. As it is spring, there are some things to remember to keep your garden looking fresh and well manicured! Let the growing season begin!
It’s time to clear out the garden. Rake any leaves and remove the debris. Loosen up the soil and get ready to plant your roses, shrubs, perennials, annuals and also get ready to prune those early blooming shrubs! Your soil is important. Without taking good care of your soil, having a garden is pointless.
Remember: perennials are your best friend. You won’t need to replant them every year and they’ll help your garden look beautiful and colorful in the spring and summer like you long for. Try choosing perennials that don’t require much maintenance such as staking or division.
Flower bulbs also add flair to your garden. They can add color, beauty and variety. Flower like tulips and daffodils look wonderful randomly added throughout your garden. Lots of people agree that tulips are the most beautiful flowers around! If you didn’t bother to plant any bulbs last spring, be sure to do it in the coming autumn.
Spring is also the most important time to attack those weeds! As they’re just starting to grow and bloom, this is the best time to attack because they have underdeveloped root systems and haven’t fully reproduced yet. Getting a grip on your garden’s weed problems in spring will be a savior in summer when otherwise your garden would be covered with these horrible things!
Enjoy and remember: color, variety and beauty!
Do you notice when visiting gardens the great quantities of Daffodils and other early bulbs that we plant to herald in the spring. But how do we ensure we have a great display each year?
The early flowering bulbs
Quite a few seasoned gardeners have had their first horticultural experience by the planting of a few Daffodil or Tulip bulbs, thus spurring them onto more adventurous plantings. At the end of April the very early flowering bulbs will come to the end of their blooming season. This group of early bloomers includes Daffodils, Hyacinths, Bluebells, Crocus, Snowdrops and early Tulips. All these bulbs will flower well for any gardener the first growing season but for them to bloom well the following seasons we must give them some care.
Die-back not tieback
All bulbs leaves must be allowed a minimum of six weeks after flowering to die down, so if these bulbs are planted in a lawn that area of lawn must remain uncut for six weeks. Refrain from tying your Daffodil leaves in knots to neaten their appearance, also avoid folding them over and securing with rubber bands. If the bulbs leaves are naturally allowed to die back then they will take in the energy for next years flowering. I would also recommend nipping off the spent flower heads on bulbs once flowering is finished, this will prevent the bulb using vital energy for seed production instead using all that energy to bulk up its food store for next season.
Don’t forget to feed
The final tip for blooming bulbs next spring is to feed your bulbs, this is especially important if you have a hungry soil. Apply a foliage feed to the fully emerged leaves before the blooms start to form. Choose a general purpose purpose liquid feed.I would also advise you to feed your bulbs just as the blooms have faded with a granular bulb fertilizer applied around the bulbs base. This is the most important feed they will receive. Ensure this feed has a higher potassium or potash content than nitrogen content. Apply according to the manufacturers instructions and heed safety warnings.