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Spring is on its way! By Thomas Angel

It might be hard to believe, particularly as the snow seems to be accumulating on the Scottish hills at the moment, but spring really is on its way. We are well past the shortest day now, so the ground is getting more daylight, and so are the plants. Regardless of the temperature, the simple fact of the change in the ratio of light and dark means that things start happening under the soil. You’ve probably already noticed, but spring bulbs have started appearing, and various herbaceous perennials such as Crocosmia have started emerging from previously barren looking flowerbeds. Snowdrops are the last flower of the winter, and as they ‘go over’, the next thing we can expect to see are early spring bulbs like Crocus. In some sheltered spots you may be seeing them already!

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■ There are various other jobs that we can keep on top of in the garden at the moment, here is a selection of them: ■ Divide up Snowdrops to spread around the garden or share with friends ■ Prune winter flowering shrubs after flowering ■ Renovate overgrown deciduous hedges (e.g.Beech) before birds start nesting ■ Spike any boggy patches in your lawns, and repair edges ■P  lant bare root roses and hedges (much cheaper than pot grown!) We wrote in last issue’s article about the importance of keeping the birds in your garden well fed and watered. This continues to be important, the second half of the winter can be really tough for birds – so keep your feeders well stocked and your bird baths ice free. With wildlife in mind, now is a great time to do the following jobs as well: ■ Build and erect a bird box in your garden ■ Dig a pond before other garden jobs demand your attention ■ Create a log/stone pile for beetle and insects ■ Hang a bee nesting box ■ Build a compost bin or wormery There’s loads of great advice out there, especially on the internet, for all of these tasks and more. In summary – now is a great time to get ahead of yourself in the garden, and to do all those jobs that you never seem to have time for during the growing months. And here at Thomas Angel Gardens Ltd, we just think there’s something pretty special about working outdoors on a frosty day, and then coming in to a warming cup of tea and hot shower to soothe those well-earned aches and pains! @clydelifemag

Clyde Life March 2014 Issue 17  
Clyde Life March 2014 Issue 17  

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