Amateur Gardening 20-Mar-2021

Every week, Amateur Gardening is the first choice for both beginners and knowledgeable gardeners looking for advice and easy-to-follow practical features on growing flowers, trees, shrubs as well as fruit and vegetables. Be inspired, by our beautifully illustrated features covering plant and flower groups, both home grown and exotic, and take a sneak peek into some of the most beautiful private gardens around the country. Plus, every week we feature expert opinion and tips from some of gardening’s most influential exponents including Toby Buckland, Bob Flowerdew, Anne Swithinbank, Peter Seabrook and Jo Whittingham.

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1 min.

“Oh, how the weather changes everything! One week, my hands are painfully cold after 40 mins in the garden – a few weeks later, I’m rolling up my shirt sleeves and applying sunblock! Such are the joys of being able to get into serious gardening again, and to be surrounded by spring flowers in various stages of bloom and decline. The tasks are many and varied and plans are, as always, over-ambitious and on a scale better suited to a garden twice the size, but no matter. Spring is here, and I’m going to make the most of it!” Contact us: Subscriptions: 0330 333 1113 Editorial: 0330 3903732 Email: Advertising: 0330 3906566…

2 min.
perk up your perennials

AFTER weeks of being stuck indoors because the soil was either too saturated or frozen to work, I was champing at the bit to get out and get gardening. So what a relief it was when the first warmer days arrived! At last I could tackle two of the main tasks that had been nagging away at me all winter: dividing an overgrown scabious and planting out a dejected-looking potted agapanthus. Early spring is one of the key times for working on your perennials as the soil is warming up and plants are starting to grow again, but not to the point where anything you do will knock them back. This makes it the perfect time for adding new ones to the garden, relocating any that look out of place or not thriving…

2 min.
splitting an overgrown perennial plant

A good year?: In next week’s AG I tackle the thorny issues of roses – what to do now and how to keep plants healthy and get the best blooms this year. 1 Dig around the plant’s roots (roughly the size of the top growth) and lift it, keeping soil around the roots. 2 Check the plant is healthy and remove any dead and damaged or rotten-looking material. 3 Slice the plant into pieces using a spade, two forks back-to-back or a sharp knife. This can be hard work! 4 For successful replanting, make sure that all the divisions have healthy top growth and roots. 5 Dig replanting holes and fork in some well-rotted compost/manure. Add a granular fertiliser as well. 6 Set the divisions at the same depth as they were before; plants won’t thrive…

3 min.
pruning early clematis

THERE is a clematis for almost every time of year and although we are in the quiet zone at the moment, between the end of the wintertime show and early summer flowering, there are still jobs to be done. As ever, the old Clematis cirrhosa ‘Freckles’ that garlands our kitchen window flowered beautifully this winter, cheering the dark months and providing vital nectar for early bees. The flowers have now faded, leaving their tufty seedheads, so I have given the plants a trim and a feed. They don’t need much of a haircut, just a light pruning of wayward tendrils to keep things neat, followed by a feed of multi-purpose granular fertiliser to replenish resources. Next, I turned my attention to a couple of newer additions: a ‘Countess of Wessex’ bought two years…

2 min.
tubers and cuttings

IT’S all getting rather exciting now, the weather getting warmer and things really motoring along in the garden. If you haven’t already done so, this is pretty much your last call for starting your dahlia and begonia tubers and, while you’re at it, taking some more pelargonium cuttings, because in my view you can never have enough! Tuberous perennials such as dahlias, gladioli, begonias and ranunculus are widely available in garden centres, supermarkets and online at this time of year and are well worth buying as they are relatively easy to grow and will reward you with months of colour. I overwintered a few trays of dahlia and begonia tubers in the greenhouse and have potted them up, keeping fleece to throw over them on frosty nights. Always check over any overwintered tubers to…

2 min.
repotting and reviving

WE often make a fuss over the patio pot plants that we refresh each year with seasonal bedding or fill with bright summer bulbs, but what about the shrubs and less flamboyant plants that we grow in containers? Maybe we take them for granted, passing a little water their way and feeding when we remember, but they are as worthy of attention as the rest. Among our potted shrubs is a small rhododendron that flowered well last year but is now looking rather sickly. I spotted the tell-tale notches cut from its leaves, indicating the presence of vine weevil adults, so wondered whether its failure to thrive could be down to vine weevil grubs eating its roots. It needed repotting anyway so I watered it well, letting the moisture soak in, then lifted…