You have to love the weather that you get or else life could be pretty frustrating!
Dry: no rain in West Wales in Springtime…unbelievable.
Windy: plants lying prostrate in all directions.
Frost: Jack Frost’s freezing fingers crept through the borders and left many plants hurt by his icy grip.
A week later:
Rain: by the gallon. Sunshine: by the bucket load!
Hey Ho on we go- It’s Springtime in the garden and after all the weather difficulties all seems to be going fine!
A couple of years ago I started to plant ferns and I’ve love them more and more. They give colour and form to the garden for a major part of the year especially in Springtime when the fronds begin to uncurl.
The bog garden has blossomed over the last few days after we had the rain. Many of the plants looked damaged by the frost but the rain has revived them and the primulas glorious colours are showing a bright patch in the damp soil.
The alliums are doing well and bring height to the borders and bees to the garden.
Th soft velvety feel of the Christmas tree ‘fingers’ just call out to be touched.
The hawthorn hedge is full of pretty may blossom.
The wonderful scent of the Zephirine Drouin rose pervades through the garden. It’s a real stunner as it is thornless and has the most beautiful colour and flowers through the summertime. I do have to keep a watch though for black spot and other fungly things!
Really pleased the Rosa banksiae ‘Lutea’ has flowered prettily this year. Last year I tried to be too clever and wound the stems around the pole supporting the roof of the ‘garden room’ ( it’s really like another carport but it’s a lovely place to sit and look at the pond and the roses!) After I’d wound the stems around the back of the post I’d forgotten that there were sheep in the Pond Field and they’ll eat anything! You’re right …they ate the stems so no roses! But this year…no winding round things the roses just left to do their own thing and voila lots of lovely flowers!
Most of the plants that do well in the garden are old cottage garden favourites and the bees love them best too.
Sweet rocket is just perfect in the border as it gives height, colour, a delicious scent and is so easy to grow…that’s what I love!
A flash of red brightens any garden.
Best of all on our Pond Field the 6 goslings are growing fast and keeping the grass down. The moorhen chicks too are getting bigger and more adventurous and straying on the banks alone! Yesterday a magpie caught a tiny vole and devoured it in front of me so I hope the chicks stay safe!
Planted out kale, dwarf beans, potatoes, onions, spinach and leeks in the veggie plot so far this spring. This was the year I was going to cut back on the veggies as I get so disappointed when the slugs have more veg than me and also it’s hard work and I’m getting older. However, there is something in me that makes gardening a must and sowing the seeds, watching them germinate and planting them out must be deep rooted!(!) in my DNA! Thank you to my gardening forefathers and mothers for making me like I am!