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Finally taking the garden in hand

Things are even later than usual here and with the seemingly never ending Winter we haven’t really been out in the garden at all – fair weather gardeners and all that! The May bank holiday saw the sun come out and the mercury rise thoughand we finally had both time and the weather on our side to get stuck in.

a re-seeded sorry specimen of a lawn

Our to-do list is woefully long, and it still seems to be – we’ve barely made a dent. Sandy shifted lots of earth into the raised beds and pots that are now awaiting planting, as well as trying to replant our sorry excuse for a lawn out the back – the Winter weather and the puppy have taken their toll.

Beech hedge greening up

I seemed to get most of my day’s step count by clearing out old pots from all over the garden. some were replanted – all the succulents and cacti from the conservatory are now looking much happier – and others are now eagerly awaiting cuttings, seedlings and whatever else we decide to try this year. Annoyingly I found a bag of spuds that I’d forgotten to harvest last year – mostly rotten – although there were 3 good-looking specimens which I’ve re-planted for curiosity’s sake to see what happens. Although I’m sure I’ve heard/read somewhere that this is ill-advised…

Jerusalem artichokes

The Jerusalem artichokes I dug up were prolific – I wasn’t expecting much as the plants had failed to thrive (as far as I could see) or produce flowers last year – will try cooking them and then replant a few to see what happens. I’m glad I grew them in a container – it looks like it’s true that they’re hard to eradicate once in.

Cherry blossom

Our Spring bulbs are still looking lovely and there are now buds coming out everywhere. The beech hedge has started greening up going from a few leaves showing to almost half the hedge in just a couple of days. One of the more curious things was the swarm of wasps buzzing around the gooseberry bushes – I’ve never noticed this before but they were there all weekend. I couldn’t work out where they were coming from or going to but they seemed to be going crazy for the tiny flowers.

Gooseberry flowers

SO much still to do (not to mention a rather large shopping list) but it’s a start – better late than never!

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.

 

 

A backbreaking but satisfying afternoon in the garden

We decided to take a cheeky long weekend and get stuck into the gardening we missed out on after last weekend’s return of Winter weather.

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We had a ton of soil to move from the front of the cottage to the back garden, a job in itself. This year we ordered it from onlinesoil.co.uk – we certainly paid for the 20kg sack convenience and for the high quality (screened to 10mm) this time (last year we bought 3 x ton bags of standard top soil and the lorry couldn’t get close enough to deliver it where it was needed) but I think it’s well worth it, it feels, amazing and is a really rich dark brown – think our veggies will love it!

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