April in the Garden and Greenhouse

What’s hot – and what’s not – in my tiny garden this month.

If you think certain things are missing this year, fear not! I have ongoing and separate posts for tomatoes, potatoes, the allotment, and even loofahs! Yes, this year – along with Monty Don on Gardener’s World – I am attempting to grow loofahs; in my case to use as dish and pan scrubs. I bought my seeds from the internet last year for this very purpose. I’m also growing peas and beans, and new this year, chrysanthemums and dahlias,

Verbena Bonariensis

After germinating and growing just one plant in 2021, I am trying again. With conflicting advice on the internet, I sowed seed onto damp compost and covered it with grit. Suggestions were to put the tray into a polythene bag on a warm windowsill; to cover it with black plastic; to leave it in an unheated greenhouse – which is what I have done. I will not water again until I see seedlings. Fingers crossed.


Sarracenia (Pitcher Plant)

This has FOUR flower stalks! I’ve only had one other flower (November 2019) so I am very excited and will put off splitting it until the flowers are finished. It overwintered in the Tiny Greenhouse but will shortly move outside.


Salads

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Monthly Round-up: June

Peas and Sweet Peas

Are doing well. Not yet an overabundance, but soon, perhaps. And there are – finally – flower buds on the perennial sweet pea tower.

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Little seeds of Joy

I always have to remind myself not to panic when I see others have sown their vegetable seeds and are even potting them on into larger pots or planning to plant them outside. This post is to remind myself to do things in my own time, based on previous years, as it will all work out in the end. Better late than never, and if something fails, just try again.

Leeks: Lyon (12 cells), Musselburgh (4 cells)

18 February 2021

13 March

And after three weeks – LEEKS! Yes, they’re tiny, but they’ve germinated and are growing.

24 March

31 March

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Six on Saturday: 27 March 2021

After a night of mixed weather (cold, hail, frost), the sun may be out but the wind is cold. Not a day to potter outside, so I’ll be getting on with my end-of-module writing and dipping in and out of other Sixes on Saturday for a bit of light relief.

I finally moved the pots of Pickwick crocus, anemone Blanda Bleu and muscari to a lighter and brighter area of the patio, and the extra light has already made a difference. After a week, the crocus are coming to an end, the anemones are flowering, and the muscari have emerged.

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Six on Saturday: 6 February 2021

A panoramic view of my drive (featured image) showing the Lavender Border on the left, and the sedum bed along the front of the house to the right. Further to the right, just out of shot (I didn’t turn fast enough for the camera) is the front border. For any who think I have acres more land than I show on this blog, I don’t!

I’ve given the grasses a lockdown trim and removed most of the iris foliage and dead Japanese anemone stems since I took this photograph. I just need to dig out as many anemone roots as I can, remove more iris, plant more fuchsia…

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Six on Saturday: 16th January 2021

How is the weather where you are? At the moment we have sun and blue skies with fluffy white skies. I’ve risked putting out some hand-washing to drip – only on the clothes airer; the washing line doesn’t come out until March.

Despite the snow and cold temperatures of last weekend, my strawflowers survived – mostly! I’ve discovered how to take a decent photo using my mobile – point it at flower, touch the flower on the screen, and it autofocuses (don’t ask me how as I’ll never find it again),

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Six on Saturday: 9 January 2021

It’s a lovely morning, but after two nights of freezing temperatures and snow yesterday, it’s not safe to set foot outside the door until the ice has thawed. There’s no need risk a broken limb because I took my photographs in advance (on Thursday), though I only went out to fill the bird feeders!

In the Potting Shed, the sweet peas have survived the below zero temperatures. I didn’t want to remove their ‘tent’ so I don’t know if they’ve started to bush out after pinching them out a few weeks ago.

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