Divide and Rule
My four large pots of Agapanthus africanus have survived the winter and with a tidy up of the few brown leaves and a feed they should give a fine late summer display. I divided them up two years ago in March by tipping out two pots and cutting through the root-stock with a clean sharp knife. Re-planted in fresh loam-based compost, they bloomed last year. I value the strap-like evergreen leaves throughout winter almost as much as the lovely flowers and feeding them in winter or spring guarantees a fine display from mid-summer. I mulch with 6X which is a heat sterilised farmyard manure and it costs about £9 for a 25 litre sack but this goes a long way. A handful round the base of the agapanthus at soil level is then watered in and is all that’s required. I do the same for all roses and deciduous shrubs when the first leaves are beginning to show. It’s a simple method and focuses the nutrients as close to the roots as possible. A word of warning 6X does have a farmyard aroma but the smell is sweet and healthy if you know what I mean.
The broadbeans are hardening off and the mange tout have now joined them in the pop-up greenhouse. These took just a week to come through in my heated propagator and I can now sow the peas next followed by Swiss chard and rainbow chard.
This weeks cut flowers are hellebores, vinca, hyacinth and Euphorbia robbiae which burst into flower this week and is carpeting the ground under the beech hedge.