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Spring is here

March 26th, 2018

Walking around the garden centre in the glorious sunshine this morning I was drawn to Forsythia which is tremendous as part of the spring garden and is named after William Forsyth, a Scottish Botanist and founding member of the RHS. It’s flowers are just emerging from the swollen buds.

One of the most popular varieties is Forsythia x intermedia ‘Lynwood’ which first occurred in a garden in Northern Ireland.  The owner Miss Adair noticed that a branch on her Forsythia x intermedia ‘Spectabilis’ had flowers which were more open and better distributed along the stem than those on the rest of the plant.  Cuttings were taken of this branch by The Sleive Donard Nursery in Northern Ireland and Forsythia ‘Lynwood’ was introduced in 1935.  It is named after the garden where it originated.

In the right place, Forsythias are invaluable, but that place should be carefully chosen.  Forsythia makes a useful flowering hedge, or specimen in a lawn or border. But I must say that if you have a very small garden, it is advisable to simply enjoy this shrub in the gardens of others!

Standing upright with arching stems and narrow, oval, deep-green leaves and spectacular yellow flowers. Along with Daffodils a welcome sign of spring which this year has been long awaited.

Choose a spot in full sun or partial shade, in fertile well drained soil.  Water the plant thoroughly before planting – give it a really good soak. Dig a hole twice the size of the pot and add compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, the top of the rootball should be level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant’s first year.

The ease with which Forsythia’s grow, their tolerance of less than ideal conditions and their bright, cheerful flowers will always recommend them to gardeners.

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