It was a no show here for snow but the rain fell insistently most of the week. I would love to be planting out the first early potatoes but the soil is cold and wet so this week’s six starts in the greenhouse.
Just in time, I have potted up the new dahlia tubers. My dahlia wish list consisted of Arabian Night, Magenta Star, Cafe au Lait and Mary’s Jomanda. But I bought Thomas Edison. Six of these will go into the borders and a combination of Blanc y Verde and Furka will go into three terracotta pots. They are resting in the greenhouse for now.
Settled in the greenhouse I gave the strawberry plants a tidy up and donated them a bag of my recently acquired council compost. I am on a steep learning curve with the greenhouse. Red spider mites made themselves known last year and the soil feels very depleted. I have manured and mulched, added chicken pellets and another bag of council compost has gone on the other side, even so I may grow the tomatoes in grow bags again this year.
A gardener’s dilemma: mystery seedlings. Are they from something I grew in the greenhouse last year? Or a throwback to something the previous owner grew? They look interesting so I have left them for now.
It really was time to release the autumn sown sweet peas from their pot. These are from seed collected from last year’s plants. I am curious to see how well they do. The plant in front is Weigela ‘Florida Variegata’, just coming into leaf.
And as I walked down the path I noticed that my ailing euphorbia is showing the very slimmest glimmer of life. A few new shoots at the end of one stem. I’m keeping that one too. Perhaps it will catch up with its neighbour!
Planting out the recently purchased Clematis armandii ‘Apple Blossom’ will also have to wait a while. I need to have some sturdy trellis installed and then grab a break in the rain. Thank you to all those who shared pictures of your clematis in flower. It convinced me that this was a necessary addition to garden. I’m looking forward to next year’s flowers and their scent.
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