Hello Friends, i have read all the feedback this morning, and i have ordered a Crab Apple and a Cherry for my garden, the web site is very easy to navigate, looking forward to my trees, and i will be back to let you know how they are doing
Annie Dolby, Northamptonshire
Looking back to this time last year we're not actually as far behind as it would be easy to think! A few weeks back we and others were talking of the season and plant growth be three, four or even five weeks behind. But nature, as always, is doing its best to catch up - and right now we think the gap has closed to something like two weeks.
So Spring has arrived... just in time. A real positive on what has been a difficult growing year. But looking back to Grandfather's Gardening Diary 'Gardening Notes' it's interesting to see that the Spring of 1950 was very similar - nature repeating itself!
Yes, things may be late - but In the vegetable garden all the hard efforts of earlier in the year should now be starting to pay off as early crops start to mature and can be cropped - especially for those with a polytunnel or greenhouse. In fact, for those that made the effort earlier, June is the first month you can start to slow down and relax a little - and reap the benefits; yes there's weeding and tending to do but its not all rush, rush, rush. For those who 'didn't make the effort' or ran out of time the lateness of the season means there is plenty that can be planted and sown now. Who knows - we may even get an Indian Summer?!
Now things are under control on the veg garden, perhaps time to think about some pretty things? Here on the nursery our extended flower garden is already starting to fill out despite only being planted a few weeks now; the months of June, July and August are perfect for planting perennials and still see flower in the first year. Of course the beauty of perennials over the annuals so often used for bedding schemes is that come next year (and following years) they will be there to please - unlike annual bedding that has to be replaced each year costing both money and time!
Stephen & Serena Shirley and all The Team at Victoriana
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