Its Easter time and you would be forgiven for thinking that the time is right for planting your summer bedding. Its still quite cool so you can do lots of other things to prepare for the planting season. Don’t take on too large projects at once; you’ll remember spring time as a chore- focus on steady improvements and areas you can beautify. Get children/ grandchildren involved as well if possible- Sow seeds of vegetables outdoors and some hardy annuals (Cornflowers, Calendula, Larkspur etc); clear out your containers for geraniums and petunia in a few weeks time. There are lots of small jobs to do outdoors and just being outside is good for you. When you want to introduce a little colour into your spring scene, pick brightly coloured Ranunculus and Viola (as here) or hardy perennials like the Primula (Auricula)- you see them now for some weeks and can look forward to them again next year!
Just coming into the stores now are these lovely mini chrysanthemums, which you can enjoy now for weeks. When the flowers ‘get tired’ you can cut the plant down to 2 inches (5cm) from the ground and they will flower again during the natural season for ‘mums, in September/October- two for the price of one!
The plants are grown from small cuttings as you can see in the second picture and when you have grown your plant and flowered it you can even over-winter it under cover. Although the plants are fairly hardy, they will survive better in most areas if protected. You can use them again next year!