So it turns out there’s only one thing harder than homeschooling in lockdown and that’s not homeschooling in lockdown! Thank goodness for the weather which meant my kids were finally tempted away from Roblox for half an hour to come outside. (For those of you without pre-teen children Roblox is an arcane and mind-sapping computer/ phone game which involves swapping neon unicorns for flying capybaras and then getting in a huge tantrum when you realise you made the wrong trade and Mum and Dad won’t buy you any more ‘Robucks’.)
The other revelation of the week – probably not a surprise to you seasoned dog owners out there is that Baxter the Cockapoo puppy wants to be wherever I am in the garden, and I mean RIGHT on top of me, sitting on my hands, trying to snatch my fork away. If I dare to dig, he shows me just how it should be done with twice as much enthusiasm. Any tips on how to stop him doing this would be much appreciated.
Thanks as ever to The Propagator who manages to fit in time to host this fantastic meme each week in between impressively long runs and some gardening too. Without further ado, here are six things from my garden this weekend.
1. Early mornings
One of the good things about having a puppy is getting up with him and going out in the garden to catch the early morning light. Especially now the temperatures are not quite so sub zero.
2. Daffodils and snowdrops
It’s that time of year when not much else is happening in the garden but the first daffs have emerged to join the snowdrops and bring a little late winter cheer.
3. King Alfred Narcissus
The first daffodils to come up in our garden are the large and bright King Alfreds – my son’s name is Alfred so these are very fitting.
4. Soil factory
I have two wheelbarrows and a large bag full of homegrown compost which have been sitting there since the autumn and have sprouted two of my least favourite weeds – bindweed and green alkanet. I am now going through the slow process of sieving a bucket at a time, removing every last trace of bindweed then weeding and mulching a small patch of the garden. I may be finished by the summer – slow gardening at it’s finest. Baxter is “helping”.
5. Sweet Honey rose
I got sent this new rose as part of the goody bag for the Garden Media Guild’s virtual awards. Needless to say the pup was very interested – he has a penchant for chewing bare root roses. Fortunately I found this old fireplace thingy in the shed. It even looks like knights guarding a treasure!
These poor crocuses have been rather crushed and the lawn is practically non-existent at the moment but they still manage to look quite pretty,.