The blog has been quite for a while, but rest assured that activity has continued (albeit after a fashion) behind the scenes. Our garden activity now has gathered pace in concert with the sunny spells recently. I had been trying to get some work done during April and early May, while also jotting down some diary entries as I went along. I have to confess to a long gardening gap, as I struggled to get motivated during the extended winter which masqueraded as spring. To give you an idea of how things are progressing chez nous, here are a couple of recent excerpts from my garden diary:
2 April 2018
I am well overdue for a garden diary entry, but the weather in the last few weeks has not inspired me to do much in the garden. The various weather beasts bringing snow, rain, hail and wind have dampened my spring enthusiasm somewhat. I have dipped a metaphorical green finger in the compost, however only just.
I paid a visit to Homebase just before St Patrick’s Day and came away with two trays of primroses. One tray was marked down to clear (pale blue) and I added a tray of ‘vanilla ice’ as the colours complemented each other so well. So far I have potted up three plants into a trough to go by the front door. I noticed that my bleeding-heart plant is slowly but surely coming to life again. This has spent the winter standing in the shelter of the front porch so has escaped the worst of the winter weather. Every season I dither about whether I should finally put it into the ground instead of leaving it in a pot indefinitely. I was searching online for useful hints and tips; apparently bleeding hearts like a semi shaded position according to information gleaned from www.gardeningknowhow.com. The website has suggestions for growing them in containers, so maybe I will leave be for another year. It looks as thought I have been putting the pot in what would be a very sunny position in afternoons so I will re-think its seasonal location. Dappled or partial sunlight is recommended as well as monthly feeding. The plant is looking less than thriving, with only a few blooms so I would really like to improve its condition this year.
21 April 2018
Seeds sown today:
One 4” pot each of: Tomatoes (Gardener’s Delight); French beans; Sunflowers; Alyssum (white); Canary Creeper and Bergamot (Panorama Mixed). The sunflowers did well last year, although we were later in sowing so I am hoping for a good result this time too.
30 April 2018
I bought a pot of striped petunias from Dealz (peach and white) and potted them up in a hanging basket. Also sowed some seeds down in our experimental wildflower patch (which at the moment is really mainly just long grass). I had some knapweed seeds and some saved poppy seeds. I’m not sure how well our wildflower patch will go as the neighbourhood cats are particularly fond of lying amongst the long grass on a warm day.
Three sunflower seeds germinated so far.
5 May 2018
Lovely sunny morning so perhaps we will have a dry Bank Holiday weekend. Yesterday evening I potted up what I thought were a couple more petunias, one red and one white (another Dealz bargain). I belatedly realised that what I have are calibrachoas. They are very similar to petunias, but with smaller more delicate flowers. So I now potentially have two colourful flower baskets for a sunny corner in the back garden.
6 May 2018
Potted on the sunflower seedlings (all five germinated). Yesterday sowed small pots of: delphinium, Shasta daisy and sweet William (Monarch). Also did a small window box of basil seeds and a larger one of spinach, a pot of salvaged alium seeds (about thirty) and a small pot of dill seeds.
15 May 2018
Rain again today (at least by the afternoon) but the weather has been pretty fine lately, so things are ticking away nicely in the garden. The foxglove plants are looking very well – flower spikes just beginning to show. Nest door’s wisteria is poking over the fence, which looks very pretty and add to the scene with no effort required on my part! The dill seeds are shooting up and now the tomato seeds have germinated. At the weekend I sowed seeds bought recently at Lidl: runner beans (Scarlet Emperor), round courgettes, patty pan squash and mangetout.
That’s an idea of how our garden is growing so far and I hope to do a June update soon with a few photographs. Green fingers crossed anyway!
Good luck with your summer gardening….