IN many gardens around the country shrubs such as
mahonia, hamamelis, sarcococca, hellebores and spring flowering
bulbs such as the crocus have been fooled into flower early,
filling the garden with a scent we can all enjoy in this recent
fresh spring-like weather. Trees, hedges and other shrubs are
also in bud, and for the gardener these are signs of exciting
In the evenings why not relax indoors and order
your summer flowering bulbs. Tuberous begonias, gladioli and
lilies will provide lots of colour and even scent when planted
up in pots and placed around the patio area.
Continue with fruit tree pruning, removing any canker growths
present. Gooseberries, strawberries, red, black and white
currants will benefit later if fed now with an application of
sulphate of potash at a rate of one ounce per sq yard sprinkled
around the base of the plants. This will reward you, hopefully,
with an abundance of plump fruits, provided the birds don't get
to them before you do.
Outside garden lighting has both a practical and a decorative
effect, with a wide range of types and styles to choose from. If
you have never given outside lighting a thought, think again.
Safety is one of the most important considerations. For
instance, you and your visitors need to be able to find your way
to the front or back door on a dark night. Lighting is
especially important if there are steps or obstacles, such as
low walls or overhanging shrubs.
Pleasure is another matter to be taken into consideration.
With outside lighting, you can also illuminate features around
the garden such as trees, ornaments, ponds and rockeries. Try
low voltage light set, which are ideal for lighting up paths and