To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow
Granted spring has been delayed thanks to the Siberian snow blast! But it looks like the sun is finally showing its face! Most of us will be looking forward to venturing out to restore our beloved gardens, while some of us are happy with a minimal maintenance garden which still looks appreciated.
We have been quizzing our grounds man Alan for a few tips and tricks to share with you, to get your forlorn garden smiling again. Alan has shared a few tips which we think all of us can achieve with the right amount of motivation. Gardeners know all the dirt, here’s what Alan had to say…
• Spring Clean! Clean your garden beds and remove dead leaves or winter dieback on plants. Remove old weeds, taking out their roots to discourage their re-growth. It’s typically a good idea to toss weeds and diseased plant parts in the trash and not the compost pile. Get your jet wash out and enjoy preparing for the new season ahead.
• Make the best of the space available to you. Gardens come in all shapes and sizes, if your limited-on space consider gardening up. Add a trellis and plant climbing flowers, clematis are perfect climbers and come in all different shades and are ideally planted in early spring. Hang some pots and plants to breathe some colour into your garden, without losing valuable space.
• Prepare and feed your soil. Get it ready to plant your seeds or clippings. Fresh compost, grass cuttings and organic matter will give you healthy soil which will give you a healthy garden.
• Think about composting, make use of any remaining foliage, branches and grass cuttings, as it will save you time and money spent shopping and travelling to the tip. This will help with preparing your soil.
• If you are looking for a minimal take on gardening, consider astro turf. Seriously, the section we have located by our Captains bar and BBQ area can be swept, jet washed or even hoovered! Saves time on getting the lawn mower our of the shed. Looking for something you don’t have to nurture? Succulents are lovely low maintenance plants and multiply in nice large pots. Heather and lavender will also look after themselves.
• Start planting! Plant pansies, violas, sweet peas and snapdragons as they thrive this time of year. Think ahead, some plants will flower in the summer but now’s the time to plant these indoors and transfer later in spring to your flower beds and pots. Fail to prepare, prepare to fail!
As we watch Alan prepping our grounds for our spring and summer season we can already picture our beautiful grounds filled with wedding guests and visitors sitting out on the decking sipping a beverage or two. If you fancy a break from gardening pop down to The Limes Country Lodge for a well-deserved cold drink, feed the soul and take in our idyllic six acres of Warwickshire countryside.