Thursday, March 28, 2013
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
I watched Fridays Gardeners World today about Hellebores, and Viburnum.Monty was mulching his Long meadow borders.I will mulch with the garden compost once the snow has melted.I will top dress all the pots, and have some Rose food for all the Roses.
I have just remembered (old age forgetting?) that there are my Ken Muir Strawberries to plant.I have not decided where they are going.The Amelia Strawberries in the herb bag have died back mostly.The mixed Strawberries in the sleeper bed are thriving.The Ken Muir plants are in the fridge!!
Only four days left in March now.I hope it warms up soon enough for my French Strawberries,and my Rosa Canina.
Monday, March 25, 2013
I went to Asda to buy some potting compost (3 for £10).I also bought some Lily Of The Valley,and some Agapanthus for the garden.These also need potting up.
The Birds were flying in and out of the garden today to feed.They need all the help they can get as it was freezing cold.The Robin looked very Christmassy, even in late March.the clocks go forward next weekend to move us into British summer time.I hope the Russian Chill has gone by then.
Friday, March 22, 2013
I bought ten Dog Roses today.I only thought there was one,but there are ten.I might make a front garden Dog Rose hedge to grow opposite the Moliniuexs.They are soaking in a bucket.I also missed the postman today who tried delivering a parcel.Cat will hopefully pick it up tomorrow for me.I dont know what it is..
Thursday, March 21, 2013
I went to the allotment today and dug over the sage bed.I found 28 clumps of Garlic that have regrown in the winter.I planted them in three rows in a freshly dug/manured bed, and will see if they actually grow.Some of them had started to grow the cloves like you buy in the supermarket.They must all join together eventually.It was cold and started to snow a little.My hands were frozen in the soil.It is still too cold to plant anything yet.I hope the soil warms up in a week or two.
Gardeners World Magazine did a survey and found despite the awful rain in 2012 more gardeners were determined to grow their own fruit and veg.7% more than last year.They all agreed that the rain decimated the productivity last year.Quite a lot of people agreed they enjoyed seeing the plants grow from seeds, and enjoyed the harvesting at the end with the benefit of healthy eating, and saving money.
When I got back home there was another delivery.This time Rose Scent Sation from Fryers Roses.They are based in Cheshire, near to Tatton Park.I need to go shopping for some large pots for the two new arrivals.The Moliniuex will be planted in the front garden where the other one died.It will be a small Rose hedge separating our garden from the neighbours. They have pink Roses under their window,so it will compliment the look of the front gardens.
The White Rose pictured is from some flowers from Asda with Chrysanthemums,Lily's,and White Roses.The Chrysanths have lasted really well.I assume these roses were grown in Holland or Kenya.All the garden Roses are only just waking up,with small amounts of leaf growth.
I have eight Rose bushes in pots in the back garden; Lady Emma Hamilton,RHS Harlow Carr, RHS Wisley, Darcey Bussell, Arthur Bell, The Dark lady, Margaret Merrill, and the rescued Ann Rose (thats who I dug it up from).There are four Rose Moliniuex in the front garden (soon to be joined by a fifth).
These will be joined by Wollerton Old Hall, and HT Rose Scent Sation. I'm hoping for a couple of climbing Roses to be sent to me soon to join the Rose celebration.
I love their flowers,the scent,and the romance of growing them.I have Rose fever I think,but they bring me great pleasure.As much pleasure as I get from growing vegetables and fruit for the kitchen table.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
When i went to new york the only birds I could identify were Starlings,and Blue Jays.All the others were mysterious to me.
I hope the longer days mean I can get into the garden more and get my hands dirty (which i love).
Monday, March 18, 2013
The Internet is terrible (or good) for gardeners.you can read Blogs (like mine),get advice about clematis, or sowing vegetable seeds,peruse seed merchants,and look at thousands of plants which you can buy with just a few clicks.The world is brought much closer from the comfort of your own home.
I had a look today at the dates of the Harrogate Spring flower show (25th-28th April), RHS Chelsea flower show (May 21-25th),Great Yorkshire Show (9th-11th July), and finally RHS Tatton Park flower show (25th-28th July).For me the shows are a good way of breaking the year up into highlights
I have booked two tickets already for the Great Yorkshire show.
I'm hoping to go the Harrogate spring flower show in April for one of the days.They are going to build a greenhouse using canes and 2000 pop bottles.It has much more going on than in previous years.
It the 100th anniversary RHS Chelsea flower show.It was started in 1913.The daily telegraph had good sepia photos of some of the earliest Flower shows.It was still popular in the early days as what it is now.
I love the Queens visit,and the Press/celebrity day on the Monday before it opens.How many new flowers will be named after famous people?Will Alan Titchmarsh show the Queen around again?
Prince Harry's charity in Lesotho has a Chelsea garden this year so i wander if he will dig a few plants in.His Dad (Prince Charles) is already famous for his horticultural/organic interests so i wander if any of the green fingers have passed down in the genes?
The RHS Chelsea flower of the year 2010 Steptocarpus Harlequin is still growing here in Wakefield on our kitchen windowsill.When ever it flowers it reminds me of Chelsea.Gardening trends and plants start off here,and are broadcast around the world.One day i might actually go to it (instead of watching it on the BBC).
Saturday, March 16, 2013
These will help create ambiance in the evening.I might buy some citronella candle tea lights to keep the insects away.I love the rustic design, and the little glasses that fit inside these holders.They are 90 cm tall and are waiting to be used.
I came back home and the sun was shining a bit.I felt motivated to do some more planting and sowing.I bought some Garlic from Wilkos.It is now planted in two tubs on the patio,just next to the Bramley Apple tree.
I sowed some Oriental Mustard,and Mizuna seed in a tub.I want to try to grow peppery or spicy leaves to eat.I liked baby Rocket leaves when i tried them,and the red mustard that I got with the African grow bag before.I will try to sow rows every two weeks now to have a steady supply..
I also planted four Asiatic Lily's called Black Out in a pot.They will contrast to the bright crayola colours of the mass planted pots on the path.They are orange,pink,yellow,and red Asiatic Lily's.
I will do my Herbs,and flower seeds tomorrow.I also have some Anemone De Caens to plant in the sunken border and in a selection of pots around the garden.The Tomatoes have now moved back into the cooler greenhouse under the plastic lid.I want them to grow sturdy and not leggy.The Chili seeds are stubbornly not germinating in the conservatory.I need patience,not my strong gardening point.
Friday, March 15, 2013
It's been raining most of the day.I got very wet at the allotment trying to mix the manure into the dug raised beds.I have some areas left to clear,and the black paths to be made around the raised beds.I really need it to be drier for a bit as the allotment is very muddy and soggy underfoot.
I have just watched comic relief on bbc1 and bbc 2 for a good few hours.I hope they raise lots of money for all the causes they mentioned on their videos.
Monday, March 11, 2013
It is totally rotted down to chocolate brownie mix.The bin needs its contents decanting,so i can start the process off again.The first bin is full to overflowing.I will regularly water it,and compress it down.The worms will find their way in and make another 180 litres of garden compost.All the garden waste goes into the two compost bins.The kitchen waste goes into the hungry bin to feed the tiger worms.They have nearly made fresh compost too from worm casts.
Its strange weather with sunshine,a blustery wind,and occasional flurries of snow flakes.Back to work for me tonight.
Friday, March 08, 2013
This is the view from the shed down to the conservatory.
The weather is going to get worse tomorrow with heavy rain all day,and maybe snow.Winter does not want to release its grip just yet.
Monday, March 04, 2013
I saw a buzzard circling high up in the sky with his wings stretched trying to find thermals.He was so high in the sky he eventually disappeared from sight.I spotted Frogs in the pond last night.My torchlight safari found two together, and one in the deepest part of the pond.
I have taken out three flower packets too to sow after my nights.Nasturtium Empress Of India,Dwarf French Marigold,and Antirrhinum Monarch Mixed.I have some Anemone De Caen to plant too on Thursday.
Sowing seeds from your hands into fresh compost is good for the soul.It is the start of the garden growing season.Watching the seeds germinate,and grow is part of the magic and beauty of nature.Being able to cook with these self grown ingredients is also wonderful.Fingers crossed they all germinate.
Sunday, March 03, 2013
I am working nights next week (including my birthday on Tuesday).I will sow some seeds tomorrow to put in the greenhouse.I have them laid out on the table.I am growing 24 varieties of Vegetables from Seeds.I want to order some Garlic to try and grow some in the garden.I have not managed to grow any yet.The cold wet weather gives the leaves rust,and then the foliage dies back before they can grow lots of juicy cloves.I want to make lots of garlic bread with the garden grown garlic.
The sun is rising earlier and setting later.The temperature has gone up a bit.Plants are coming out of their winter slumbers.The crocus is a good indicator the seasons are changing.