Life became busy last week and the balance tipped away from things gardening focused. These times come along and all will pass – soon I hope! It was good to feel the warmth of the sun again but the sunny days were followed by cold nights and the greenhouse temperatures were down to -1. The garden is straining at the leash, the March surge is coming and I still have winter jobs to do.
The grapevine over the pergola must be pruned this weekend. It’s a job I normally do in November. What was I doing then? Or in December or January?
The tulips and bluebells are coming through well. I spotted this bulb strangely lying on the surface. I bent to pick it up, cursing squirrels, but no. It was well rooted into the ground. I don’t have an explanation. Could it be an allium bulb that didn’t get planted deeply enough and has wriggled its way upwards? I decided to bury it rather than dig it up and plant it deeper as I didn’t have the time to sort it out. Maybe a job for the weekend.
The onion sets are in their modules in the greenhouse. I am hoping to have the time to plant the shallots out this weekend. That ‘to do’ list is getting longer.
The garden doesn’t have a single crocus or iris reticulata in it, something to be rectified in the next bulb buying session but the primroses look cheerful enough for now.
And the first flowers of pulmonaria officinalis planted in a north facing border are coming out. It’s also good to see their spotted leaves. The common pulmonaria doesn’t seem to fall prey to attack by slugs.
The lovely leaves of aquilegia are unfurling.
I have some final preparation of a bed on the north facing border to finish off ready for the March plant out. Plants have to be ordered and I know I will be tempted to add in a few extras for elsewhere in the garden. I’m getting ready but need to be steady for a while longer before it’s all go in March.
I hope your garden preparations are going well. Mr P is, as usual, hosting this group and all the links to gardens around the world can be found on his site.