out with the old, in with the new

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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.

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