Nearly a week of sunny dry days and cold frosty nights, and my garden doesn’t know where it is. I am itching to get stuck into tidying the raised beds but I’m holding off until well into March or even later. Instead, I am content to scatter a few vegetable seeds in modules and pots in the hope I can not only produce an early crop of edibles, but play the long game with crops for the allotment bed. I haven’t even begun to chit my potatoes – another job for next month.
Look what popped up when I wasn’t looking. They are darker and brighter than the photograph shows, but I’m still missing several clumps of yellow and all the creamy-white crocus in the middle section of the front border.
One snowdrop does not a galanthophile make!
Cyclamen disaster after the snow and ice.
I make no apologies for showing iris reticulata ‘Joyce’ each week, as it just gets better and better.
Alliums! These are from 2018, but the ones I planted in the front border have also poked their noses above the soil, so fingers crossed.
I shared the image on the left last week, but am using it as a comparison with this weeks to show the growth spurt.
So that’s my six for this week. Pop over to The Progagator’s blog for other sixes from around the globe, and share your own six items, from the garden, on a Saturday.
Rain stops play – again – though it didn’t stop the window cleaner yesterday! I managed to sow some leek and tomato seeds in modules in the Potting Shed on Wednesday; because I think it is still a little early, weatherwise, for us, I’ve only used packets that were already opened – leeks and tomatoes (both will feature in their own posts if and when they germinate).
With warmer weather on Monday, I popped out to see what damage has been done by the recent freezing temperatures. Along with the pale purple crocus that have been flowering for two weeks or more, these pale yellow ones have appeared. I planted them in colour blocks right to left along the front border – pale purple, yellow, deep purple, white – and they come out in succession, never at the same time. You’d think I planned it that way! I didn’t.
I did think I wouldn’t have anything to share this week, but I spotted these yesterday morning while chatting to an old friend. This morning we are back to snow first thing, sunshine now, who knows what later. Either way, it’s too cold to be out so I’ll be popping along to The Propagator’s Blog to see what everyone else is up to, and to salivate over the nice weather in photographs from our southern hemispere gardeners.
Hellebore Christmas Carol has been doing it’s thing without any help from me. I think it might benefit from a move to another part of the garden this year. Somewhere I can actually see it. I’m considering a revamp of my Shady Border in the back (removal of peonies and Japanese Anemones is one thought).