Make best of spring, gardeners warned
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.