The fair weather gardener in me has been dominant this week. The temperatures are low and the lawn and borders are still squelchy and sticky. I did refill the bird feeders, pull a few weeds and tie in a stem here and there but very little else was done. Here’s my six:
The new borders are going into their third summer. The first was spent weeding, digging, suppressing weeds and feeding. The second saw some perennial planting with annuals. This year it is the turn of bulbs. A mass planting of tulips and alliums took place in autumn and, with no apologies, I was very excited to see the first emerging shoots of allium Mount Everest pushing through.
The last of the cutting back was done recently. The sodden brown remains of iris siberica were removed and there was more delight to be found in seeing the first signs of the new growth.
Over on the veg plot the onion and shallot sets are progressing. I’ve kept the covers on to protect them from the birds but it is good to see there is strong growth.
Every March I settle down to watch the new series of Gardener’s World and every year Monty brings out trays of seedlings he has sown in the depths of winter. They are all ready to drop into the beautifully prepared soil for early harvests. This year I have got wise and I check in with Monty’s website each month. Eureka! Now is the time to plant your rockets seeds. I’m going to put mine into modules so that I too will have a tray of plump rocket seedlings ready to drop into my beautifully prepared soil!
My tray of violas from last week’s six was planted up and they are smiling away at the bottom end of the garden. A good enticement for me to get out and about.
Gardeners are generally sharing souls and this little pot of persicaria red dragon was given to me by a friend. I’ve just got to find the right place in the new borders for it.
That’s my six. For the links to a great many other sixes go to The Propagator. You will find a treasure trove of good gardening from around the world.