Spruce up your Spring garden with these 5 top tips

Grove Russell-Allen, head gardener at Littlecote House Hotel gets to the root of how to make your garden blossom this season.

Cutting the grass

The sun is out and that means one thing, the lawn is growing at the speed of light. If you’ve neglected your lawn over winter, it may now be long and thick, so it’s important to take the length down gradually rather than hacking all at once.

It is important however, not to cut the grass too short, as frosty Spring mornings can make the grass turn brown.

Start potting summer plants

Now is the perfect time to start sowing hardy plants such as Surfinia Petunias, Marigolds and to tender to bedding plants. A key tip from Grove is to keep vulnerable plants away from frost and slugs and to keep the plants in a greenhouse.

Water greenhouse plants

As April starts to warm up, remember to keep an eye on the temperature of the greenhouse to make sure it doesn’t get too hot. Plants should be watered first thing in the morning – why is this? , but not over watered. If the leaves are wet when the sun comes up, or the leaves are starting to look scorched, move the pots to a less location with less sun.

The first week of May is a prime time to get hanging baskets out from the greenhouse and dress the garden.

Sow tomatoes, chillies and courgettes

In order to get your produce ready for June, now is the time to get your tomatoes, chillies and courgettes ready in pots. Make sure the Tomato pots are placed where they’ll receive plenty of sunlight.

Protect the turf

April is the month to start repairing any grass or turf that has been damaged during the winter. April showers will help the new grass to establish roots in time to avoid dying in the frost or warm summer sun. It would also be handy to keep a large sheet to put over the bedding plants, just in case the temperature drops and frost occurs.

 

For all you green fingered gardeners, we hope you’re enjoying National Gardening week!

Over 50s are more confident than ever

Last month, Helen Mirren revealed that she’s more confident at the age of 70 than she has ever been. The secret? According to Helen, it’s, “Learning to let go and feel liberated.”

So, Warner Leisure Hotels has carried out research amongst adults in the UK to identify at what age they have felt or do feel most confident and why.

The research* by the adult-only hotel group has revealed that Brits’ confidence is highest during their 50s (22 per cent), compared to any other time in life, with teenage years (13-19) being identified as the time when people feel least confident (4 per cent).

Almost half (40 per cent) claim they feel most confident because they have learnt to worry less about what people think of them, 15 per cent claim it is because they have greater self-awareness, and one-in-ten (12 per cent) reveal their confidence has spiked because they’ve learnt to let go of worries.

When asked what one piece of advice they would give their younger selves, the majority of respondents suggested points based on worrying less, ceasing the day and relationships.

One respondent answered, “Try everything on offer once; if you don’t like it, you never have to do it again, but you’ll always regret the thing you didn’t do” whilst another respondent said, “Seize every opportunity for adventure, and don’t waste time on dodgy men. The right one will come along eventually.”

Mat Finch, head of marketing at Warner Leisure Hotels, commented: “As the saying goes, you’ll regret the things you didn’t do more than the ones you did. Our guests have the opportunity and confidence to try things they may have never experienced before, like climbing, archery, fencing and Thai Chi. Whether guests want to relax or energise, it’s completely their choice, but we certainly notice a peak in confidence in the over 50s who holiday with us.”

*Research based on survey on 391 UK adults