March comes in like a lion and goes out like a light or a lemming, or some such…
We certainly had our share of weather which held things back. No bad thing.
I cleared out the round bed where Vicky, our ancient tortoise roams in the summer months. She’s moving now, too and eating some wet bread to get her hydrated.
Having weeded it we planted some shrubs and aim to mulch it with bark chippings.
Then, over the up-coming Easter weekend its the spring prep of the lawn. This entails a low cut, scarifying, aerating, another cut, top dressing seeding and when the seed has germinated a rolling. We have the equipment (minus aerator that is due on Friday) and four tonnes of top dressing. As a tip to any British readers, if you want the best top dressing or top soil that I’ve come across try Pro-Grow the retail arm of Veolia, who are basically a refuse company who turn our garden waste into this beautiful material. Swoon.
It’s taken a while but things are really beginning to burst. The rose stellata magnolia is magnificent and the tulip about to explode. Our first cherry will follow shortly after. and we should be covered in blossom by mid April.
The fritillarias, the hellbores, the daffodils and the muscari (grape hyacinths) out in force. Other hyacinths are also coming on. The forget-me-nots have sprung to life too.