Hardy annuals to sow, bulbs to buy, pots to pick, snowdrops to split… now is the time to get plans in gear
Gardeners, rejoice! We’re on the brink of spring. And although it is still officially winter in the UK for another week or so at least – depending on whether you talk to a meteorologist or an astronomer, spring begins on 1 March or 20 March, the vernal equinox – now is the perfect time to get plans in gear for the horticultural year.
Hardy annual flowers are the advance party of the seed-sowing world, so think of these first (just beware occasionally freezing or waterlogged soil). Get your seed order in now, and most hardy annuals can be sown direct into the soil in a month’s time, provided the soil has warmed up enough that you can imagine performing the old farmer’s trick of comfortably sitting your bare buttocks on it.