In my garden down here in Sussex, there’s an unmistakeable whiff of spring in the air. The daffs are pushing up, there are deep purple dots of Sweet Violets everywhere, and whenever there is a pause in the rain and the wind, my garden birds are singing at the top of their little lungs.
Then, yesterday, I had my first frogspawn in one of my ponds.
I’m sure for all of you, no matter how far north you are, there are similar little signals of the impending explosion of life, and I hope a little skip of joy in your hearts.
It’s a prompt to grab an hour or two to go out and get the garden into shape for the season ahead. Here are what I think are the key tasks to take us through to the end of March:
Here's an area I prepared for a wildflower meadow area in early spring 2018, actually sowing onto a mound of earth I created:
And here's the same area the following spring, flush with Red Campion and Wild Carrot and many more:
With the garden birdsong chorus building every day, don't forget to get a copy of Adrian's RSPB Guide to Birdsong, the book and CD/digital download that will help you identify every bird in your garden and beyond by their songs and calls.
Hi SusamM. Yes, early spring is the best time to deadhead hydrangeas - but unless the plant is totally unruly the best thing is to deadhead all last year's blooms and then remove a couple of the oldest stems at the base. It will throw up some fresh new growth to replace it. Repeat that each year and within just a few years you will effectively have a fresh new plant. If you cut right back to the base, the plant will survive but you'll lose flowers this year.
When is the best time to deadhead my hydrangeas? Is it ok to cut them right back?
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