What to do this week

The Guardian - Weekend - - Gardens Alys Fowler -

Plant this There’s no shame if you haven’t sunk a sin­gle tulip bulb into the ground yet. I don’t be­lieve in sub­tlety when it comes to spring plant­ing, so I am opt­ing for the tan­ger­ine, mul­ti­flow­ered T. praes­tans ‘Shogun’ (right) and the inky pur­ple ‘Havran’, both flow­er­ing in late March and early April. Pro­tect this Lemons and other pot­ted cit­rus trees are too ten­der to stay out­side, but re­sent be­ing kept in gloomy, cen­trally heated homes over win­ter. Place in a cool, bright but frost-free spot (min­i­mum 7C) such as an un­heated cov­ered porch. Let the soil dry out be­tween wa­ter­ings and feed with win­ter cit­rus fer­tiliser. Visit this Look­ing for a re­ally im­pres­sive win­ter gar­den to visit? The Na­tional Trust’s Dun­ham Massey in Cheshire has the largest win­ter gar­den in the UK, fea­tur­ing trees, shrubs and plants cho­sen by mas­ter plants­man Roy Lan­caster. See na­tion­al­trust.org.uk/dun­ham­massey for de­tails. Jane Per­rone

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