Country Life Every Week - - In The Garden -

Tree pe­onies are well worth plant­ing, for the ex­cite­ment of that mo­ment when the buds fi­nally break. For scent, in wood­land, I wouldn’t be with­out the strong odour of the un­fold­ing leaves of the bal­sam po­plar (Pop­u­lus bal­sam­ifera) in spring, but, for fra­grance at the very be­gin­ning of the sea­son— and the ex­cite­ment of ev­ery­thing be­gin­ning again— plant late-win­ter-flow­er­ing Daphne bholua

If you have frit­il­lar­ies in a wild­flower patch, re­mem­ber to col­lect the seed­pods once they’ve ripened. You can then shake the seed out in as yet un­pop­u­lated ar­eas and en­cour­age them to spread more widely

If you’re grow­ing veg­eta­bles, I rec­om­mend kick­ing in 1ft or so from the edge of a bed. This stops soil leak­ing out onto the path and leaves a gap for some com­pan­ion plant­ing, per­haps of marigolds

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