Daffodils take centre stage at many Trust properties at this time of year, including a wonderful display at Greenbank Garden near Glasgow, a National Collection at Brodie Castle in Moray and over 200 varieties at Threave in Dumfries & Galloway. Himalayan blue poppies are also in bloom at Inverewe Garden in Ross-shire and Branklyn Garden in Perth. Don’t miss Branklyn’s Himalayan Blue Poppy Day on 26 May!
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- Once the harsh winter weather has passed, spring is the ideal planting time for trees, shrubs and perennials. Don’t forget to water new plantings well during dry spells.
- Deadhead larger bulbs once they have finished flowering. Be careful not to damage the foliage and apply a liquid feed to boost flowering for next year.
- Older hedges can be pruned back harder at this time of year.
- When the conditions are right, weed and dig over borders in preparation for seed sowing.
- Protect your plants from slugs by putting a ring of crushed egg shells or sharp sand around them. Beer traps or slate traps should be checked daily to avoid unsightly damage to foliage.
Join our expert garden team at Greenbank Garden and get some advice on how to keep your lawn in tip top condition, or meet our Head Gardener at Pitmedden Garden for an insight into the day-to-day running of this famous walled garden. For a more hands-on event, Crathes Castle is running a series of workshops including learning how to get the best colours and effects in your herbaceous borders.
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