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 Sunday 25 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.
To be in with a chance of winning, just tell us:
Which National Trust for Scotland garden holds an annual Blue Poppy Day every May?
Please send your full name, email address and answer to firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date for the competition is 5pm on Friday 2 May. A full description on the hamper can be found online at www.nts.org.uk/shop. The National Trust for Scotland reserves the right to substitute items of similar or greater value, if for any reason those listed on the web site are unavailable. You must be 18 years old or over to buy this item. The hamper can only be delivered in the UK and there is no cash alternative. This prize must be redeemed by 31 August 2014.