Gardening is all about relationships. The relationship between the garden and its surroundings, between the hard and soft landscaping and between the plants themselves. A garden is for all seasons in a succession of colour, texture and interest throughout the year.
January is the beginning of the garden year and a time for renewed energy and planning.
Jobs at this time are mostly about keeping things trim and tidy.
-Prune Wisteria, Mahonia, Viburnum, Apple and Pear trees while still dormant and shape them.
-Cut back Cornus Salix, and ornamental grasses
-Tidy up herbaceous perennial, lift and divide established plant to improve vigour. Lift divide and replant snowdrops which have finished flowering.
– Plant bare rooted roses, shrub trees and support them.
-Move deciduous trees, shrubs, provided it is not frosty or water logged.
-Plant summer flowering bulbs like lilies and gladioli.
-Plan vegetable plot, good crop rotation prevents pest and disease building up in the soil.
Sow the following seeds in a heated greenhouse for early plants.
Join me, Dorothea Madden, Head Gardener at Dromoland Castle on March 5th & 6th March 2019 to learn the secrets of our beautiful gardens and take home our tips, advice and inspiration for your own garden. I will be accompanied by garden design consultant Arthur Shackleton, you’ll enjoy a special break of guided garden walks, themed talks and practical advice covering everything from planting and lawn care to herbs, trees and composting and bee-keeping. There’s plenty of down time too, allowing you to enjoy the luxury of Dromoland Castle, with dinner each evening in the Earl of Thomond.