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Potting & Planting & Planting & Potting

After over a week of rain and fog, I finally got a couple of precious hours in the garden before it started to pour down again. I made good use of that time however and potted and planted out almost 100 plants.

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The chickens destroyed our herb garden so I used the opportunity to get a much better selection of plants that I would be more likely to use. We now have bay, sage, lovage, blue and white borage, lemon verbena, lemon balm, caraway, chamomile, rosemary, oregano, chives, thyme, fennel, and mint. I’ve also taken the precaution of sticking bamboo all the way around so the girls can’t get in and feast.

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I got a total bargain of 36 perennial posti-plugs for 36p with my last Thompson & Morgan purchase so now have Erigeron Stallone, Armeria Ballerina, Echinacea Pink Parasol and Nectar Pink, Coreopsis Early Sunrise and Delphinium Magin Fountain so they’re all potted on and will be great additions for our new front garden when we’re ready to plant.

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Our long shady bed under the beech hedge has now been planted up with a selection of periwinkles, Tiarellas, Muscari, Leptinella and Heuchera, now just waiting on the Hellibores to fill the gaps.

 

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Courgettes coming on well!

 

I split the courgettes and tomatoes that grew from some ‘seed pods’ that I was sent – the courgettes look amazing, never tried them before but very impressed so far, and potted both of these on along with a sweet pepper. I also caned the blackcurrant and a gooseberry so they’re looking much tidier.

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The beauty of potting all these things just before it rains is that you can skip the watering stage – probably how I got so much done before the heavens opened again. Everything’s crossed for some better weather as there’s so much to do out there.

 

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our 2nd ‘surprise’ Rhododendron is pink – boo! Loved the yellow one.

 

 

Chilean Guava – Ugni Molinae Flambeau (the variegated version)

I first heard about a Chilean Guava on The Great British Garden Revival – a fantastic programme if you didn’t catch it btw – and from that moment I was desperate to get one!

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Apparently Queen Victoria’s favourite fruit, and commonplace in Victorian times – it’s said to taste like a cross between a strawberry, a pineapple and bubblegum or candyfloss. They’re also heavily fragranced – like wild strawberries.

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A Planting & Sowing Extravaganza

After the continued rubbish weather I decided to take the Bank Holiday Monday off to relieve my itchy green fingers and start clearing some things off my gardening ‘to do’ list.

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I finally got our potato barrel started off with some Maris Pipers, and found a nice a little spot for it, although at the risk of it getting waterlogged and rotting them, I think I’ll need to put it in the shed for now.

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Buddleias and Blueberries

Although our garden is still covered in snow we’re getting excited about the upcoming gardening year. Our new Buddleias arrived today (Nanho Blue and Pink Delight), along with a Berberis Harlequin. We got engaged in the stunning garden at Augill Castle last Summer, amongst the lavender & buddlieas with bees & butterflies all around – it was a beautiful place and we’re keen to add some to our garden as a little reminder.

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I noticed this week that our blueberry bush is starting to bud. We planted it last year but saw no real action on it so fingers crossed it bears fruit this time around.

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