The gardeners have been busy tidying the borders of the outer gardens, installing the new knot garden, tidying the lawns and clearing many of the walls of weeds. Here, Head Gardener James Cross gives us a few tips for tending the garden at this time of year.
‘Start clearing your borders during January or early February, cutting down herbaceous plants and pruning roses and shrubs. If the seed heads and general structure still look good, you can leave this until late February, especially if birds like goldfinches are still feeding from them.
Here at the Palace, we apply a good layer of compost during early March and apply any necessary fertiliser and blood, fish and bone-meal around roses and shrubs first.
You can cut your lawn at any time during the winter, if it is mild, and the first cut will usually be in February. This time of year, it is great to rake and repair pathways and edge lawns.
Pruning of apple trees should be finished by February and most trees can be pruned, including obstructing branches, for example.’
Happy Gardening from The Bishop’s Palace Garden Team!