Sowing seeds, planting clematis and pruning

Today Rumbles was doing cartwheels in the garden trying to catch a fly – the most activity he’s done in months. If that isn’t a sign that spring is on its way, then the plants all creaking into a slow growth is.

White Viola above the white Tulips are starting to flower - the Tulips are starting to sprout through too
White Viola above the white Tulips are starting to flower – the Tulips are starting to sprout through too
Helleborus x hybridus 'Ivory Prince' is finally opening its large flowers (not sure what the little black marks are...)
Helleborus x hybridus ‘Ivory Prince’ is finally opening its large flowers (not sure what the little black marks are…) – I love this plant
A few of the Galanthus survived the year and have flowered! I've put down copious amounts of fertiliser in a bid to grow their number of 2016. Does anyone know what type of Snowdrop this is?
A few of the Galanthus survived the year and have flowered! I’ve put down copious amounts of fertiliser in a bid to grow their number for 2016.
Does anyone know what type of Snowdrop this is?
Front window area still looking good. The Clematis has some serious numbers of buds emerging now. Hoorah!
Front window area still looking good. The Clematis has some serious numbers of buds emerging now. Hoorah!
And we're off! Verbena bonariensis, Rubeckia hirta 'Cherry Brandy', Ricinus communis 'Carmenchita', Tomato Vilma and Basil 'Sweet Green', the Sweetpeas and Coleus - oh, and you can see the extra flower coming on the Hippeastrum
And we’re off! Verbena bonariensis, Rudbeckia hirta ‘Cherry Brandy’, Ricinus communis ‘Carmenchita’, Tomato Vilma and Basil ‘Sweet Green’, the Sweetpeas and Coleus – oh, and you can see the extra flower coming on the Hippeastrum

This week I’ve also hard pruned the Buddleja davidii ‘Santana’ and given a very heavy prune to the Choisya – I felt bad doing the Choisya as we’ll miss the flowers and it’s a bit early to do it, but it had seriously outgrown its space.

Plus, moved an Astrantia, dug up some Astrantia seedlings by accident (doh!) and planted out both of the new Clematis. Gave the new Rose ‘Mme Legras de St. Germain’ a sprinkly of Blood, Fish and Bone as it is shooting away now.

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Jack Wallington

I'm an RHS qualified garden designer living in Clapham, London who loves growing plants and designing with them. Follow me on Twitter.

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