Celebrating National Gardening Week 2014

Well, what an absolutely beautiful day it's been! Out in the garden by ten o'clock this morning, only came inside at six because it had chilled down so much, a reminder that we aren't out of the woods yet!

This week is the RHS National Gardening Week, and also marks the 50th year of Britain in Boom, which is very appropriate considering the amount of beautiful blossom we're lucky to have this year! I have been mostly preparing the raised beds for sowing, managed to get radishes, lettuces, spinach, marigolds and beetroot in today, a good start but still so much to get on with! I have been appreciating the blooms that are currently in the garden, the camellias really are a triumph, and even the swiss chards bright stems help spread the springtime colour!

The RHS suggest these are the top 10 garden jobs for April:

*Keep weeds under control
*Protect fruit blossom from late frosts
*Tie in climbing and rambling roses
*Sow hardy annuals and herb seeds
*Start to feed citrus plants
*Increase the water given to houseplants
*Feed hungry shrubs and roses
*Sow new lawns or repair bare patches
*Prune fig trees
*Divide bamboos and waterlillies

Britain is known as a nation of gardeners, so I know this week many are picking up the rakes and shovels ready to take on the seasons ahead! If you are looking for some inspiration of what jobs to get upto over the Easter Weekend then take a look on my Gardening Pinterest Board where I have been adding ideas regularly, now I just need the extra space and unlimited budget to match! Coming later in the week, my thoughts of The BBC's 'Big Allotment Challenge', were you watching?? Thanks for reading!


Porcelina said...

I had no idea it was National Gardening Week! By coincidence, I've never gardened so much in my life, I'm utterly exhausted!!

We have some of those bright red tulip things you've pictured, do you know the name of the variety??

The list of tasks is a handy one, but the 'get weeds under control' made me laugh as they're popping up faster than we can rip the blighters out, and it's just beginning to dawn on us how much work this fair sized garden is going to be!

It was gorgeous to see the sunshine wasn't it? Hope you had a good Easter x

Katie Bedlow said...

I saw your blogpost! Sounds like a blooming good first effort, it can be back breaking, particularly all the prep work, once July comes you can bask and enjoy I promise!

I must admit, those tulips came in a pack of Lidls 'Mixed Spring Bulbs' but I'll see if I still have any left and let you know, they're great, so vibrant!

I would be out again today but it's looking a bit too soggy, at least I won't have to get the watering can out!

Hope your easter was a good one!