we have had some dry days over the last couple of weeks which has been very nice, the first week was very, very windy, from the east so as the fruit and berry garden is on the westside and lower down than the front garden it has some shelter from the east winds, they were very cold winds, so I decided to wrap up warm and start to tackle some of the weeds and grass, I started with the gooseberry bed, half done,
this was where I started last year and it was so wet and heavy and I felt so depressed I burst into tears and went back in the house, this year was better, the drying winds and a few days with very little rain, meant the top layer of moss had dried a bit making it much easier to remove, the ground is so wet though it really needs several months drought to get it back to normal and it is so cold the soil, they say wet soil takes longer to warm up, with wet soil and low temperatures it’s never going to warm up,
one bed done, I am pleased with the way the gooseberries have recovered after the fungal attack 2 years ago, hopefully there will be some gooseberries this year,
the last surviving flowering currant, there was a hedge of them but they too were affected by the fungus all being part of the same family,
the next day as I had found walking around there so hard and my back was killing me I did some path strimming, the daffodils can breathe …………..
last week, Monday was awful, strong winds and rain, Tuesday was better, much calmer and drier, so plant moving, Friday I made a start on weeding the dogwood border and dug up 2 that I wanted to move, they were too heavy for me to lift so I had to drag the large root balls to their new home, I then lavished tlc on them so I hope they will forgive me,
some parts of the woodland edge are pleasing me at the moment, I have been trying to tackle the grass problem here and last autumn found a good bulb nursery online that will deliver to the islands at a reasonable cost, in this photo with the daffodils are aquiligias I grew from saved seed last year, to the left are white foxglove from a free packet of seed on a magazine, behind are erythroniums I bought from the online bulb nursery, I couldn’t believe what fat juicy rhizomes they were, more proof that failed plants are more often due to bad bulbs/seeds than the gardeners abilities or garden environment, the aucba is so leggy, I was wondering if I could prune it so looked in my trusty pruning book and yes, but one third a year for 3 years, and apparently they do tend to go bare at the bottom,
the erythroniums are teasing me they have been in bud for what seems an age,
I’m pleased to see the red campion has come back for a second year, I had read it will grow well under trees,
I tidied it up, I am surprised there are no foxglove seedlings so I have left the seedheads laying down in case there is still some seed, to stop the grass I’m going to plant some aquilegias in between the daffs, I’ve got so many aquilegias still in pots needing homes,
at last I managed to get a photo of A. blanda that captures the lovely blue,
and I am thrilled to see not one, or two but three spathes on my skunk cabbage, like the pines it always reminds me of time spent in B.C. and Emily Carr’s writing,
just a few this and that photos from around the garden, some mornings it is very wet looking and I had wondered if it was a heavy dew or over night rain, the later I think!
the 2 clumps of creeping comfrey in the phormium bed are from the same plant, yet have different colour flowers, I am now thinking the blue clump is from a seed of the mother plant the white being the mother, I know comfrey changes colour but I’ve been watching these and they are 2 different plants,
a blue I have been enjoying are my first muscari, planted last autumn, they are spaced as that was what the direction said but I think I could have put them closer,
I love seeing dapple sun in the pinetum, bluebells seem to be the only plant I can get growing there, these are white flowering, I have both English and Spanish, they all originate from a large clump I brought back from my parents garden, I am thinking of moving all bluebells under the pines,
from the edge of the pines looking east across the tweenie to the damp meadow, you would be able to see daffodils all the way if I got the fennel and tansy cut down, in the foreground is the crab apple I followed last year in the tree following meme, something that it has started is I found myself looking at it to see if any pruning was needed, and there was one small crossing branch, so easy to snip off at this stage, I wish I had known more about pruning when I first started here, better late than never, as they say,
hmm, white wallflower with white narcissi was the plan, can you see the nursery’s mistake!
the white primmies are white, I think it’s beautiful, really pleased, Polyanthus ‘Snow white’ are planted in the jungle front bed across the path from P.Drumcliff in the middle bed,
today it has turned very cold, we have winds gusting 40-50mph and some of the rain came as snow, didn’t settle but is cold!! temperatures dropping below freezing with wind chill, no gardening,