For me, this means waiting yet until I can return home but we have been busy around the college tidying things up and helping them look their best! Recently we set out some lovely spring planters to add a much needed touch of spring and today we began thinking about the actual gardens. Ornamental grasses have been cut back, gardens raked over and plans made for coming changes.
We walked through today looking at what worked and what didn't examining the bones of the gardens before everything springs to life. Our main concern were the bearberry cotoneasters which will be ripped out since they seem to collect garbage along the pathway and they'll open up some space for some other plants plants, and perhaps more colourful ones at that!
For things like heuchera's, though they haven't started growing much yet, they have an odd habit of wiggling upwards during frosts and so checking up on them and making sure they haven't moved is another thing on my to do list.
And of course the once lovely, now ragged looking winter containers will be needing a little touch of spring magic! Shouldn't be long and well have them in tip top shape as well!
Another idea would be to get your tools ready if you haven't already, we've been working all winter sharpening tools and keeping them in top shape here at the college but when I get back home I'll be doing it all again since I never got the chance before I left.
Oh and don't forget to mulch, now is a great time for it, with no perennials and annuals in the ground to be working around, now is the perfect time for it, just spread a nice layer over the beds and the plants will come right up through it when they're ready. Do watch out for anything that has already poked its up up though. We wouldn't want any tulips getting crushed as you work now would we, after all, who would want to ruin a show like this!
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