Cold, wet and gloomy is the summary for this week but undeterred nature pushes on. On a particular dull morning my eyes fell up on a treat. A small twinkle at the end of the garden:
The first blossom has appeared on one of the plum trees. It caught my eye and also that of a passing ant!
The magnolia tree also sprang into life this week. It’s full of beautiful blossom and I love it but I think it needs to have someone who knows what they are doing come and prune it. It is full of water shoots growing away from previous pruning cuts. Something for me to research.
The last time I had someone who knows prune a tree we talked about moving an apple tree that had been planted hard up against a fence in a dark corner of the garden. The wet spring delayed the job but finally a moment was grabbed and the tree was moved to its new spot. It’s in amongst the redcurrants which might be moved next year. And for a bonus item, the patch behind is where the potatoes finally got planted. First earlies Ratte and Arran Pilot went in this week.
The first of the tulips came into flower this week. Yippee! It’s Tulipa ‘Nicholas Heyek’, a
triumph tulip. It’s not one of the many that were planted last November – I’m still waiting on those. These were planted out in the first year in the new garden and left in the ground over the summer. This is their second year of flowering.
Not so exciting is the damage that comes with all the exciting new growth. The slugs and snails are active and the Thalia that looked so lovely a week ago have been shredded.
I too was stirred into life and began sowing some seeds. This tube contained 30 seeds of Antirrhinum White Giant. They were tiny. Here’s hoping they love the warmth that’s heading our way next week. I also sowed Calendula ‘Indian Prince’, Zinnia pale mix, Nasturtium Alaska, and Tithonia Torch. Still more sowing to be done. Yes, exciting times.
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