Thanks for the extra day. Thanks for more rain and wind. Thanks Jorge. It’s all a bit much and I’m not even flooded out. I am so sorry for those who are, the photos are terrible and the real thing must be so much worse. I am encouraged by the fact that this is the last day of meteorological winter and spring arrives tomorrow. In theory. Here’s six gardening related things.
March is the time to start a few seeds going. First on my list and a first for me, is trying to grow some dahlias from seed. I collected the seed from ‘Orange Cushion’ that was new to the garden last year. I liked it so I am having a go at growing from seed and if that fails I might have a go at taking some cuttings from the tubers later in the year. If the tubers have survived. I left them in the ground and although the weather has been mild the constant rain might have done for them,
Lupin seeds collected from last year’s plants. I am starting these and the dahlia seeds off inside the house as the greenhouse has no heat or electricity supply. Indeed the greenhouse is very leaky at the moment and I feel sure the pools of water on the floor can’t be the best environment for the overwintering plants.
The sun is out so I’m off to the garden for more photos! Some time later: The fig tree was pruned a few weeks ago but I was so excited by primroses, pulmonaria and such like that I didn’t show it. Hey, Mr P I also have wood chip! This the large fig tree that shades much of the long border in the summer. The height was reduced by a third and next year it will get another third taken off. I’ll lose the fruit this year but it needed to taken in hand.
The mild weather seems to have suited the salvia ‘Amistad’. I took cuttings as a precaution against the garden plants dying off over winter but so far they have survived outside and are putting on new growth. I think they will need a cut back to some strong growing points.
The first cowslip is just about in flower. These grow in the damp border. A small border that is guaranteed to be wetter than the rest of the garden and today there is standing water. This should be perfect for the Siberian irises that grow there as well.
Oh dear. It looks like I’ve missed the moment to cut back the grasses. When did they start sprouting? These are the melica altisssima ‘Alba’ that were planted in the north border last year.
I’m hoping for a dry day tomorrow as I have some free time. Seeds to be sown, more FBB to be sprinkled around but it may be too soggy to tackle those weeds. We shall see. The Propagator will miraculously host this meme, comment on posts and have time to garden I am sure. He may also throw in a long run. All hail the Caesar!