out with the old, in with the new
Packages of plug plants will be dropping through the letter box at random intervals. Earlier arrivals will be potted up to grow on. Later arrivals will go straight into the ground. Spring pots will need changing. Out come the tulips, narcissi and crocus, to be replaced by summer bedding plants, such as pelargoniums and osteospermums. Some bulbs are kept for replanting in the autumn; tulips go in the green re-cycling bin. At the end of May, a third of the growth of some floppier plants, such as vibrant red Lychnis chalcedonica, will be cut back. Sweetcorn ‘Swift’, sown in pots in late April, will be planted out at the end of the month too. I found ‘Swift’ more productive and robust than ‘Lark’ when I grew them together last year.
A selection of plug plants arrive in the post for planting.