Suddenly I have that feeling that I won’t get it all done in time. But roses have been fed. Seeds have finally been sown: Tithonia and nasturtium, carrots and leeks this week. More annuals will be sown next week and those potatoes will be planted. Here’s what’s in my garden today.
A border was extended in November and I dug up a batch of bulbs to make way for the roses that will be the star attraction. Impatiently I threw all in the bulbs in a corner of the border and forgot about them. Of course with no care to the planting they have emerged as a perfect clump of colour.
Continuing the yellow theme, the cowslips planted in a damp corner last year have spread themselves out and look very settled.
More spring colour on a subtler note comes from these Thalia narcissi. I love the multi-stem format. I’m mentally planning for next year and more of these are on the list. I also want to plant some Paperwhite and White Lady narcissi together with a couple of clumps of Leucojum – now that I’ve perfected the planting in clumps technique.
I thought that I had lost these fritillaries when all the work on the path was done. But the new path is slightly narrower and these were just outside the trample zone. The slightly wider border is going to allow me to plant more of these too.
The garden is full of birds and bird song at the moment. I was planning to cut back the Verbena bonariensis but a charm of goldfinches were breakfasting on the seed heads this morning so I have been persuaded to leave that for another time. Sadly the free version of wordpress doesn’t allow video content so I can’t share the bird song, including the resident woodpecker, with you. I’ll see if I can post to twitter (lol).
Back down to earth: the inside of my shed! The blackcurrants and gooseberries are all in leaf and I need to start thinking about how I protect them from those wonderful birds. My favourite netting is the twisted coil of soft net but my local nursery has stopped stocking this one. Last year I bought lengths of semi rigid plastic net which was easy to cut and fix to bamboo canes to make something resembling a fruit cage. What do you use? Do you have a favourite?
It is so amazing that so many are sharing their garden news under the Six on Saturday meme. Go along to The Propagator and feast your eyes. And keep gardening!