Well, we’re still in lockdown, although we have had a bbq in a neighbours garden which was lovely. The garden centres are now open but I haven’t been brave enough to face the hordes even though I’m still desperate for compost – have just had to give up on some things I’d hope to grow this year now.
We had a very un-Scottish hot sunny May, it all came as a bit of a shock when June blew in with rain and at least a 10-degree drop in temperature. The garden was definitely needing the rain and its much easier going out running again now.
Lots of things are starting to flower and grow in the garden, my daily walkabout are always a voyage of discovery, I seem to find something new every day.
The first baby chillies and baby tomatoes are just emerging in the greenhouse.
We’ve had the inherited leylandii trees that were blocking out our neighbours afternoon sun, lopped right down – maybe still to come out fully but that’s a much bigger job. The decking has had it’s first coat of paint since we moved here over 7 years ago – oops!
The bog cotton is looking fabulous out on the hills just now – I can go past without lying down in it and taking a photo.
As I write this it’s snowing outside – I kid you not. We’ve had a pretty dry and sunny Spring with the occasional warm day thrown in and I’m desperate to get some of my seedlings out – with overnight temperatures of -3 forecast, I’ll need to hang fire a bit. Hurrah for the new greenhouse though. Continue reading Sometimes the snow comes down in May…
It’s hard to believe that we’re already into week 4 of lockdown. Spring is everywhere, the butterflies and bees are busy dotting about, the cries of lambs echo all around the fields, pungent wild garlic permeates the air and that eye-popping acid green of new growth is bursting out all over.
The lockdown has meant that I now have a lot more personal time than I’ve ever had before, it’s quite nice not going at a 100mph all the time. The days are noticeably much longer and I’m finding time to get out running every day as well as other pursuits like reading and crafting and I’ve also started making sourdough bread – things I’ve wanted to try for years but never seemed to get around to.
Of course, the garden is getting much more attention than usual. I’ve been digging out the veggie beds and enriching the soil ready to get planting. We’re still getting regular frosts but it won’t be long now. We’ve also got ourselves a new mini greenhouse so we can move seedlings out of the conservatory where they have a tendency to burn and completely dry out during these sunny days.
Gosh, I love this time of year and I’ve really enjoyed having the time to properly notice everything as well.
Finally, a big THANK YOU to all the amazing key workers that are putting themselves at risk every day while we stay home and safe.
A couple of weeks ago I helped out at the Scotland’s Gardens Scheme charity open day at Halmyre Mains. The garden is situated between Romano bridge, West Linton and La Mancha just on the edge of the Scottish Borders and they have been opening for SGS for a number of years. Continue reading 8 Halmyre Mains – Charity Open Day
Threave has been on my ‘to visit’ list for a few years, ever since one of my gardening club friends told me about it – it’s the National Trust’s Training Centre for future Professional Gardeners and is home to the School of Heritage Gardening. Continue reading Garden Bagging – Threave
Anyone know of any Scottish-based community groups who might benefit from a visit to one of our gardens…? Continue reading Looking for Community Groups who’d Like to Visit a Garden…
I’ve just realised that we’ve spent the past few weekends revelling in the extended period of dry, warm and, (mostly) sunny weather and I haven’t recorded any of our labours. Rather than trying to remember everything we’ve done I’m going to cheat by going through all the cards and seed packets to see what we’ve sown/planted so far this year – it’s quite an impressive list! Continue reading A Planting Extravaganza