Perennial herbs and flowering plants are rousing from their winter slumber now and throwing up this year’s growth, signalling a willingness to be divided and multiplied. Goldenrod, comfrey, French sorrel and lemon balm all accept division at this time
of year and show no ill effects from being sliced, diced and relocated for the greater good. You can multiply your stock of those perennials with the fall of a sharp blade (emphasis on sharp – I use a bastard file and use it often on the edge of my spade) and they will comfortably establish new outposts throughout your garden, with the
support of a little judicious watering in the drier parts of the country. It’s surprising just how robust those perennials are and how keen they are to spread their influence. At
present, I’m trying to divide and multiply goat’s beard, a coarsely named but beautifully flowering perennial that by all reports doesn’t respond well to being chopped from the parent plant and replanted elsewhere, so if there’s a reader who has done this successfully, I’d like to hear from you. I’ve gone ahead and make the cut and am on tenter hooks while the relocated clumps bed in.