Actually make that in the middle of the rain as there is more on the way, but this morning the sun came out for long enough for me to venture out.
1. Our new pirate ship
We had this awkward raised shady bed at the back of the garden under a bay tree where nothing grew. Last year I tried to make it into a den for the children but it didn’t seem to appeal, so this year I had the brainwave of turning it into a pirate ship. I have to confess this is not my own work but that of my neighbour’s gardener who has done an amazing job. He has even added a steering wheel and telescope and we are just waiting for the slide/ gangplank to arrive. Lucky Little Weeds!
2. First Comfrey flower
I love Comfrey and was chuffed to see the first white flower this morning. A few more weeks and I will be making a nice Comfrey tea fertiliser for the garden with the leaves.
3. Bare root roses
I have planted four new bare root roses this year: Lady of Shallot, Charles de Mill and Vanessa Bell from David Austin and a Lady Hillingdon climber from Peter Beale. They are starting to put out little shoots and I can’t wait until they start flowering.
4. Sweet pea seedlings
These are currently hardening off in our unheated lean-to. I am growing silver on plum Lisa Marie, bought from the Eagle Sweet Peas stand at Chelsea a couple of years ago and Old Spencer Mixed.
5. The Charleston lilacs
I volunteer one day a week at Charleston farmhouse near to us in East Sussex. This week Head Gardener Fiona and I were planting two lilacs: a white Syringa ‘Madame Lemoine’ and a purple ‘Michel Bucher’. An old home video by Charleston’s former housekeeper Grace Higgins shows that there were two lilacs in this spot between the gate and the pond at least until the early 1970s.
6. Happy Easter
We bought these painted Easter eggs in the Black Forest in Germany last year where they hang decorated eggs from every available branch. They are a reminder of a wonderful holiday. Next week we are off to Lanzarote so I may take a week off from The Propagator’s fantastic Six on Saturday meme. Do pop over to his blog to see what others have been up to in their garden this week.