I don’t know about others, but my garden feels like a sanctuary at the moment. A place I can momentarily forget the madness and focus on the minutiae of growing things, pushing their way up through the earth to celebrate Spring.
Sadly this week it also became the final resting place for our much loved guinea pig Nibbles. She would often try to escape from her run into the flower borders and now she has been set free there for good. We still have her sister Gracie, who is grieving, so we are looking for a new companion for her, not because we want to replace Nibbles but because companionship is a fundamental need for guinea pigs which are highly sociable.
I am joining in with The Propagator who invites us to show six things from our garden each week. Do take a look, it will be a welcome distraction from the news headlines.
1. RIP Nibbles
My daughter and son made a special stone to mark Nibbles’ burial spot. I dug a hole hopefully deep enough to deter foxes and we laid her to rest in a compostable bag. I may scatter some annual seeds around her stone so that flowers can grow up around her.
2. Creeping buttercup
The Ranunculus repens is back. In the past I have gone to war with it, but this year I am going to make peace and simply enjoy its cheery yellow flowers.
3. Ajuga reptans
‘Tis the season for creepers. The blue bugleweed has put on some coppery growth before flowering in a few weeks’ time. I never quite know what direction it is heading in!
4. Early Spring border
I rather like this combination of purple and white hellebores in front of shiny green laurel and red-tipped Photinus with the umbrella of Ceanothus behind.
5. Cherry blossom buds
They are not quite open yet but there is the promise of things to come on our cherry tree. What can beat pink buds against a blue sky?
6. Chelsea tulips
Another sanctuary for me in recent weeks has been the Chelsea Physic Garden where I am coming to the end of my garden design diploma with the English Gardening School. The rest of this weekend will be spent grappling with my planting plans which have to be drawn up and handed in next week.
Wherever you are in the world I wish you health and happiness in your garden this weekend and in the weeks to come.