March is always an interesting month, it can be bitterly cold with sharp winds one day, or bright and sunny the next, but it’s my birthday at the begining of the month, so I always look forward to it.
What to do in the garden, such as deciding when to plant seeds outside * can be a challenge for gardeners, but winter weather is certainly on it’s way out and soon our gardens will really begin to wake-up and inevitably we’ll be off buying plants.
Of course you want to buy the best varieties of plants that are available, so they get off to a really good start.
The Royal Horticultural Society helpfully selects plants and monitors them as they grow at various R.H.S. sites including Wisley Gardens in Surrey.
The plants are marked for certain criteria, they should be:
Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions.
Have a good constitution.
Shouldn’t need highly specialised growing conditions or care.
Be reasonably resistant to pests and diseases.
Plants that tick these boxes are awarded A.G.M status, so when you’re plant buying you can feel a bit more confident when you see A.G.M. on the label.
Read more here about buying plants that provide food for birds, bees, butterflies and insects and why encouraging them into your garden matters.
Happy plant buying.
* when the soil is warm enough for weeds to appear.
images: Jill Anderson.