CORNWALL: Gardening tips to prepare for spring and summer

Gardening tips to prepare for spring and summer

We’ve had a taster of the warmer weather to come, which is enough to begin thinking of plans for getting our gardens into shape for the spring and summer.

It’s very easy to forget about your outdoor space during the colder and darker months, but with the signs of spring already visible, now is the time to tackle your trellis, hone your hedges, and love your lawn.

This time of year is the perfect time to plant flowers that will bloom during the summer months. Prepare the soil first to ensure that drainage is sufficient, which will help to prevent bulbs rotting. If you’ve stored bulbs over the winter you can plant these at the end of their dormant period. 

A walled garden would provide the perfect environment for protecting fragile flowers during the spring. This Grade II listed 14th Century Moorland Manor House with Cottage has a delightful walled garden and the property is set in the tranquil Cornish hamlet of Altarnun, Launceston, Cornwall.

It's on the market for a guide price of £1,250,000.

Summer bulbs
Indoor jobs include potting hardy annuals to give you a wealth of colour in the warmer months. Indoor forced bulbs that were brought inside for the winter can be planted outside. If you have a sunny spot in your garden you can begin to sow sweet peas there, although many other bedding plants will require the assistance of a greenhouse or propagator.

Higher Cross Farm in St. Giles-On-The-Heath, Launceston is currently on the market for a guide price of £685,000. An attractive period property set in approx. 3.8 acres with a range of outbuildings with planning permission for holiday lets and commercial use.

Set in a stunning and peaceful area with outstanding views of Dartmoor and Brentor, it has a poly tunnel 12ft x 22ft. 2 x greenhouse 6ft x 8ft - perfect for nursing your flowers to good health before planting them out in the gorgeous gardens!

The same applies whether you have a large garden with lot of flowerbeds or a modest space with room only for planters – prepare now to enjoy beautiful summer colour.

If you only have space for a few flowerpots remember to top-dress the containers with good quality fresh compost.

Perennials and pruning
This is also the time to lift and divide any clumps of perennials you may have in your garden. It’s also a good idea to begin pruning any bushes or climbing roses to ensure good new growth in time for the flowering season.

Water Lane, Golant, Fowey has magnificent views of the Fowey Estuary and surrounding countryside from its beautifully stocked gardens.

It’s a perfect home for a green-fingered creative who wants to be close to the water in Cornwall. It’s currently on the market for a guide price of £630,000.

Lawns and weeds
It’s time to prepare your lawn too, but take care to mow only on dry days to ensure no damage is done.

Weeds will begin to grow in earnest now warmer weather is on its way, so you’ll need to treat them regularly, either hoeing, mulching or using whatever method you usually employ to keep them at bay.

School Lane, St Earth, Hayle, Cornwall is on the market for a guide price of £595,000. Its generous and well-structured gardens will ensure colour all year round and you'll be able to admire your hard work in the colder months from the comfort of the conservatory.

The property also comes with a barn and a summerhouse.

For those who are thinking of growing your own vegetables this time of year is an ideal time to plant onion sets, shallots and early potatoes. An objective look around your garden can show you areas that require work. Fix that dropped gate, give your pond a clear out, re-varnish your garden furniture or give your outdoor windowsills a lick of paint.

If you're looking for a garden with a view, this home for sale in St. Clement, Truro, Cornwall is an attractive period semi-detached house set in an elevated position with fine views over the well-stocked garden to the creek.

At offers in excess of £650,000, the new owners could be savouring the delights of their garden from the comfort of their home - whatever the weather.

Taking time now to tend to your garden will mean you can sit back and relax once the warmer weather begins in earnest.

This showstopper of a garden belongs to a home for sale in Gorran Gorras, Penryn, near Falmouth and the property is on the market for a guide price of £1,275,000.

A spacious detached waterside house with river and harbour views and river frontage, Harbour Lights occupies a unique position being the sole residential property fronting the creek on this small peninsula, and surrounded by open farmland, yet just two miles from the thriving harbour town of Falmouth.


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