The gardening year has really got going for me this week and not just because of the unseasonably warm weather we have enjoyed (in a party before the end of the world sort of way).
So I am bending the rules slightly with this week’s six, including not just things happening in my own garden, but also gardening things that have happened to me.
Thanks as ever to The Propagator for hosting this meme. You can guarantee that even when the Apocalypse does come, he will still be here of a Saturday, propagating away.
- Charleston Primulas
It was wonderful to be back volunteering in the garden at Charleston Farmhouse near us in East Sussex this week after a few months off. Who would have thought I would be gardening there in a T-shirt in February? Together with another volunteer, I was weeding and tidying up a bed which includes these dazzling red and yellow primulas, a variety that fits in with the 1930s and 40s feel of the garden.
2. Garden Gerbera
This brand new plant was a giveaway from the BBC Gardener’s World Live stand at the Garden Press Event, which I was lucky enough to attend at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London, this week. It was my first time at the press event and I had warned to take a shopping trolley for all the freebies. I tried to be restrained as I had to carry everything back on the train, but I was chuffed with this ‘Sweet Sunset’ Gerbera which is not available anywhere else yet.
3. Sowing sweet peas and broad beans
Do you remember I promised you highly amateur video footage earlier in the year. Well, never one to under-deliver, here it is. No laughing at the back there please. It would have been even more amateur were it not for the expert editing skills of my 10-year-old.
4. Grape hyacinths
Last week Jim from Garden Ruminations commented on the appearance of Muscari foliage. Now we have flowers too. Only a few so far. These line our garden path and hopefully will soon form a nice edging of blue.
5. Damaged lawn
Last April, we had our lawn returfed, which was incredibly poor timing, as it then didn’t rain for weeks and the edges curled up and went brown. To add insult to injury, in this spot the Buddleia and Kniphofia both grew over the grass and killed what was left of it. It now looks even worse than it did to begin with. Fortunately, at the Garden Press Event I met a nice man from Johnson’s Lawn Seed who told me that it is too early to sow lawn seed yet, despite the deceptively mild weather, and that when I do in April, I should make sure to rake the seed back into the grass that is still growing, to make it look more of a match. He recommended Johnson’s Quick Lawn Seed, which matches best with turf.
6. Top heavy rose arch
I have yet to prune our rose arch, but I gleaned some useful tips on pruning rambling and climbing roses from Fiona Dennis, the head gardener at Charleston. I need to take out the old wood and then cut what is left back by a third. This sounds rather brutal, and I am worried about losing the rose altogether, so maybe I will come up with a half-way house solution, as I want to keep a rose arch here and you can’t plant a new rose where there has been a rose before.
That’s my six for this week. Hope you have a great weekend in the garden and look forward to catching up with all your posts!