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. Continue reading Finally taking the garden in hand
Hurrah, after weeks of seemingly endless rain Saturday dawned bright, if a little breezy so it was straight out into the garden to get some much-needed jobs done.
There was a lot of weeding, there was also a lot of grass that was well overdue a good haircut. We got to try out the new GTech Cordless strimmer that we’d been sent too (review to follow).
I cleared out a couple of the raised beds and planted lambs lettuce, spinach, mizuna, mustard, rocket, broccoli romanesco and pak choi. I also sowed a couple fo different carrot varietals and some dwarf and climbing beans – it may be a little late but then everything is this year anyway – we’ll soon see!
I trimmed the cherry arch – it was wild! I’ve also been digging up all the bulbs from various pots around the garden – then re-planting them using a multi-layering ‘packing them in’ system in just a few pots and then we’ll need to get some annuals to plant on top instead of having empty looking pots for a large part of the year – see, I’m learning :o)
I was sent a rather lovely wrought iron obelisk so planted that in one of my new bulb containers with sweet peas – can’t wait to see how that turns out.
I also planted up a self-watering hanging basket that had been sent to me by Stewart Garden to review with a lovely Heliotrope and white surfinia. The massive blue Delphinium that I bought at the Newhall Walled Garden open day found it’s way into the front garden – it’ll flower any day now.
I also ended up doing an emergency wasp nest removal after S noticed wasps flying in and out of a garden cupboard. I was a little surprised when I opened the door and a whole cloud of them flew out – don’t think I’ve ever run so fast! I guess with all the rain we hadn’t been outside to notice them before now.
I started to chicken proof the bed we recently planted up with Periwinkles, Heuchera and Hellebores but I ran out of bamboo canes so that’s now a work in progress until more arrive.
The front garden also saw some love and I put up a trellis and planted a couple of rose bushes that were wedding presents last year. I also planted an Osmanthus, a red Acer and a bunch of different lavender plants.
S finally got round to trimming the hedge all the way along the back garden and we took a trip to the recycling depot with a load of old flower pots a bbq and a chimenea. All in all things are looking ever so much tidier now. There’s still a mountain of stuff to do but we’re getting there.
The lovely people at The Orchard (I LOVE their site) came up trumps again and this week sent me one of Poppy Forge’s wrought iron obelisks to try out. I’d been looking at some in the garden centre recently and fancied giving one a go so it was very timely.
The wrought iron design makes for a sturdy yet elegant garden feature – I got the 4ft high one which is a perfect size to create a nice vertical feature for a dull corner. I hadn’t really thought through where I was going to put it, or what to plant around it for that matter, but I soon hit upon a solution.
I’ve been digging up all the Spring bulbs we have in pots to replant on a multi-layering basis to give lots of different blooms for a longer length of time. I found a perfectly sized planter for the obelisk, layered up a load of bulbs and then planted sweet peas all around the base of the obelisk.
Perfect, now we’ll have the sweet peas through the Summer and then when they die back the bulbs can do their thing, well that’s the plan anyway. It doesn’t look much now but I’m sure once the sweet peas have climbed their way up the legs it’ll be quite lovely.
If it works well then I might get a couple more for climbing veg or possibly a clematis or two. At £34 for the 4ft one, and £38 for the 5ft and 6ft ones, they’re pretty good value too and will last for years.
Now all the girls are laying we seem to quickly build up a surplus of eggs, even with just the three of them, so we’ve been and set ourselves up an honesty box to sit out in the front garden.
Hopefully, between neighbours and hillwalkers, we’ll get some passing trade. Who knows, I may even start adding jams and other homemade goodies to it as well in due course. Continue reading Honesty Box – had fun with this!
Our garden has been woefully neglected – it hasn’t been touched since September and is in a very sorry state – we’re just itching for some better weather to be able to get out and start making amends now.
5 weeks after building our chicken coop the weather was finally warm and dry enough for us to paint it with preservative. As you can see, Cosmo wasn’t going to let a bit of painting get in the way of a cuddle. Not quite sure when we’ll get chance to get the hens though as we’re busy the next couple of weekends.
Delighted to see the rhubarb springing up – we only planted it last year and so we weren’t able to harvest any of it but things will be different this year – lots of plans for these stalks including Gin.
In other news I potted our Buddleias and Berberis (it was a nice sunny, warmish afternoon) what a mistake, the frosts came back and within days the leaves on the Buddleias were dying. I’ve put them into the conservatory for now, fingers crossed they recover.
This was the first weekend since buying our new composting bin that we haven’t had snow in the garden. The sun was out and it was a lovely Spring day – it was the first time in months that we’ve been able to sit outside to have a cuppa too!
It was great to get back in the garden – the compost bin was first on the list and as there were plenty of dead leaves all about it didn’t take us long to get that started and add in a few bags of kitchen waste we’ve been collecting.
Oh no – the unseasonably warm weather in October & November means that all our Spring bulbs are coming up now and we have heavy snow forecast for the next few days – Winter has only really just begun.
Not sure if this means we’ll lose them – am hoping not as we’ve got about 20 planters and pots full of them.