It has been lovely in the garden this week. Another lockdown treat bestowed upon us by Mother Nature. Most days I have been out with the kids and the puppy pottering around and beginning the gardening year.
Over winter it can be tricky to find things to feature in Six on Saturday, hosted by his trowliness The Propagator but this week the difficulty is in knowing where to begin.
1. Seed sowing
I am not one of those super organised gardeners who begin sowing in autumn or under heat in January, so this is actually quite early for me, brought on by the almost balmy weather for the end of February. I have sowed all of my Higgledy sweet peas – Winston Churchill, Swan Lake, Cupani. My six-year-old and I went to the garden centre and found some fun Mr Men seeds and so far we have sowed Mr Happy Tomato Sweet Apéritif and Mr Sneeze Pepper Boneta. Also the Bunyards Exhibition broad beans have been sowed in the obligatory bog rolls – the same packet has lasted four years now and I still haven’t finished it. Wonder if they will still germinate?
2. Tête-à-tête narcissi
These little darlings have popped up either side of our rose arch and they are of great interest to the pup. I have had to put some bits of broken paver around their base to stop him digging.
3. Pulmonary a
I feature this pulmonaria every year but I’m sure this is the earliest it has come out, its pinks and purples resplendent in the spring sun.
4. Iris dazzle
These Iris reticulata came out overnight in an explosion of blue. They are ‘Clairette’ and ‘Harmony’ and came from Peter Nyssen.
It was time to cut back the sedum this week to reveal healthy looking green growth beneath.
6. Potting shed
In the late afternoon sun it was super cozy in the potting shed this week. It’s not perfect but it’s my little corner of paradise!