Happy New Year! Here in Sussex like most of England we are in Tier 4 which means we can only meet one other person outside of the house and only essential shops are open. The temperature is hovering just above freezing and yesterday I didn’t leave the house at all.
I don’t know about you but I am relying on gardening to get me through the next few months. At the moment I’m just diving out to do a quick bit of tidying up, but there’s reading and planning going on behind the scenes. Our back garden is not looking its best at the moment so this week’s six is a collection of plant-related things from the house, front garden and the countryside around us. As ever I’m joining in with our lord and master The Propagator .
1. Tidying the front garden allotment
It’s not really an allotment but that’s what I like to call the four raised beds in our front garden. It’s a nice job to dig them over and add horse manure ready for planting new crops.
This is the year I’m going to learn to look after my houseplants properly. This Phalaenopsis was a Christmas present from my mum. I gave it a good drink yesterday and it’s sitting on my desk out of direct sunlight. Any orchid growing tips gratefully received.
3. Houseplant bath-time
Watering is where I always fall down with houseplants. Now I plan to treat them like a large family of children and line them up for a good soak.
4. Christmas present haul
These gifts all came from my lovely mum – gardening gloves for weeding, seeding and pruning, heavy duty secateurs, two wooden tampers for seed sowing, a new kneeling pad, a Monstera and a soil sieve to remove weeds from my compost. Lucky old me!
5. Running flowers
Before Christmas I was doing a lot of running and these wildflowers are all along my regular route. Then I did my back in so I’ve had a few days off and have been going for walks instead. I think they are Old Man’s Beard or wild clematis, teasels, stinking iris berries, mallow or Malva sylvestris and winter heliotrope. Contemplating going for a run today but if I do will be taking it easy.
6. Sunny spot
We have to take our pleasures where we can get them at the moment. The other day there was a rare moment of winter sunshine so I popped out to pull out some weeds, tie up and prune my Lady Hillingdon rose and plant the last of the bulbs.