This time of year the garden can be very dull and not very happy looking. But here in Kilmurry, there is some things starting to liven the place up. Helleborus are great for this time of year when there is nothing else happening. Since it has been such a mild winter so far (touch wood it stays this way), quiet a few of the spring bulbs are poking their heads up to see what is happening.
It’s the time of year that you start to prep your garden for the growing season. We know that here we are counting down the days until everything starts to take over for another great year of growing. But now is the time to start cutting back last years growth, if you haven’t already done it. This is important as the weather has been damp lately, it can cause disease which isn’t good. But also it allows the plant to start to rejuvenate itself by growing new, fresh foliage for this year. Another thing that can be done now is mulching the beds. Here in Kilmurry every bed gets a good layer of well-rotted horse manure. This gives the plants a great boost as well as reduces the weeds. Which isn’t a bad thing.
Helleborus are great this time of year. They are a burst of interesting flowers and foliage colour. Hellebores are great for brightening up a shady to partial shady spot in late winter/early spring. There are many different cultivars of Hellebores available, the photos show just three varieties that we produce. There is more on our catalogue.