In my Wildlife Gardening blog spot I told you all about a 'Pond in a Pot' and what to plant in your micro-pond environment. Remember Flag Iris? well here she is in all her glory! These aquatic plants will flower between May and June with several blooms per spike. They will draw insects of all types to your pond habitat, and remain shining resplendent for some weeks. So give Iris a warm welcome and enjoy her company!
Here's a great tip if you have an old shed like mine and it needs a little revamp! Give it a rustic looking thatched roof and it will get a whole new lease of life and enhance the look of your garden to boot! How's it done? Well just get down to your DIY store or even better a discount shop and buy some Heather or Brushwood screening on a roll, one small roll does half a roof on an average size shed. Unroll and position it to best effect and secure it using a heavy duty staple gun (extra long staples). The beauty of this thatch on a roll is that it can be bent and shaped which gives great flexibility of use. I also use it to cover unsightly fencing as an alternative to painting, it then provides a great backdrop for your planting and creates a very naturalistic effect anywhere you want to put it.
If you are a complete garden beginner and you're wondering what plants you should grow this Summer to get your garden party started for the best value, longest flowering season and a great show of colour in borders or in pots and containers, here are three real troupers! Pelargonium Geraniums, Begonias and Fuchsias. You will more than likely spot them in your local DIY store or Supermarket, do slip a few in the trolley and give them a go in the garden because in my long experience these three starter plants will keep giving from May right through until November, rain or shine, in any spot whether light or relatively shady and best of all they are slug and snail proof! So really it's a complete no brainer, go on give them a try, I promise you won't regret it!
Your hedging may look as though it needs a little trim now that Spring is here, but don't be tempted people! Let it mellow for a few weeks and give your garden birds the best chance of nesting and raising a family successfully this year. Please remember, hacking can cause havoc, so have a heart and hold off on the hedge!