Make best of spring, gar­den­ers warned

Western Mail - - NEWS -

PEO­PLE should get out and gar­den in the com­ing days and weeks to make the most of a spring which “could be over in the blink of an eye”, ex­perts said.

The re­cent cold wet weather and weeks of cooler-than-av­er­age con­di­tions means plants have re­mained in bud longer than nor­mal, the Royal Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety said.

But with sun­shine and warmer tem­per­a­tures fore­cast this week, there is likely to be a short, in­tense burst of spring flow­er­ing, as ev­ery­thing from mag­no­lias to cherry blos­som and wood anemones reach their peak.

While the spring dis­plays will be “mag­nif­i­cent”, they could be over within days as sum­mer flow­ers take over, the RHS said.

RHS chief hor­ti­cul­tur­al­ist Guy Barter said: “I would urge peo­ple to get out­side into their gar­dens or visit green spa­ces this week­end as spring could be over in the blink of an eye and you re­ally don’t want to miss what’s com­ing.

“Look out for daf­fodils – they are usu­ally over by now, but later flow­ers are still stu­pen­dous; flow­er­ing cher­ries are at their best and with the rain hold­ing off, will be look­ing sen­sa­tional.

“Mag­no­lias are flow­er­ing late, as are camel­lias and rhodo­den­drons.” Usu­ally spring be­gins in March and lasts un­til mid-May, so this shorter, con­densed spring will cre­ate mag­nif­i­cent dis­plays in our gar­dens, pub­lic spa­ces and road­sides across the UK as ev­ery­thing flow­ers at once.”

It is also a good time to start sow­ing seeds and pre­par­ing gar­dens for the com­ing sea­son.

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