I spent today in the garden – here’s what I did. These stumps are what’s left of salvia Amistad which flowered 5ft high from June to Christmas. The snow and storms finished it off. I suppose I could sit and look at these sticks for 6 months and see if they burst into life next
ONE I squeezed in the last of the tulips anywhere I could find a square inch to put them. Felt relief it was done, then panicked and ordered some more. Then remembered I had already panicked two weeks ago and ordered some more then – now on their way. So ordered black plastic pots from
Six topics in the garden this week One Showing off my compost again. Pile up kitchen waste, brown cardboard, green prunings from your garden and some grass clippings and it will turn into this brown stuff. No need to dig it in. The worms will carry it down. It’s magic and I never cease to
Recently I’ve been planting snowdrops in the green, that is bulbs with their leaves and flower stalk still attached. For anyone not sure what this means, this is the process. Each February I buy at least 300 snowdrop bulbs mail order from wholesale sellers like JParkers, Peter Nyssen, Gee Tee Bulbs or any other wholesaler.
One thing I love about a garden is that you can leave it alone. It won’t sit there doing nothing till you return to it, reproachful, arms crossed, waiting. It just gets on with what it was going to do anyway – growing . OK so everything will carry on growing – things you don’t
So here is the garden on the second day of a new gardening year. The front: and the back: Some pots have permanent planting: grasses, catmint, hardy geraniums, honeysuckle; just one plant per pot. The rest have only tulips, new ones put in each year. My daffodils are all in the borders. You can see
Going into winter, what will there be to look at in the garden? If a garden is mainly herbaceous perennials then frankly there won’t be much above ground other than what’s left on the plants from summer growth. Untidy dead and dying top growth epitomises for me the cottage garden style–useful for wildlife in every