Emerging from a January hibernation, Gardener Will has emerged...
Some gardeners accelerate from January dormancy to February fidgeting like a slick motor car, effortlessly taking on board the extra daylight hours, pruning, sowing and digging their way into Spring. Others are perhaps more like tricycles, finding themselves "wasting" a fair few hours just staring at bare weed strewn patches and fantasizing about what might happen there this coming summer. I try to aim for somewhere in between, relishing a dose of proper flower-dreaming, thinking what "might be" before tea breaks are shortened by the call of the lawnmower, combined with the first real sowings of seeds to kick start the year into growth.
This is the time to celebrate the miracle of the seed by collecting far too many packets than we will ever be able to sow and prick out, and find a home for. It's time to be generous with our horticultural inspiration and prepare for a wealth of offspring and make sure there are plenty of goodies to fill any gap, crack or crevice to ensure a bountiful summer ahead. If sown early, some perennials may even give a little bloom in their first season or else will surely make beefy plants for future fecundity . I also find that some biennials like clary sage and digitalis make significantly bigger displays from an early sowing in their first year. There is still time to order last minute bare root shrubs and trees so you could have the beginnings of a rambling rose filled orchard in 2015. Anything is possible!