In these times of lock down we have managed to spend a lot of time in the garden, cutting back, growing seeds and developing new areas. The grotto is swept and boosts two chairs and table and provides the perfect spot for a gin and tonic at the end of a day’s toil in the garden. We eagerly await the new shoots in the dahlia bed and some new dahlias are beginning to show signs of life in the greenhouse, ready to be planted out in May when the cold air and chance of frost has gone. We have been repotting seedlings as we initiated a massive seed growing campaign, to be able to fill some new raised beds with cut flowers. Thankfully we were able to arrange a delivery of compost from our local garden centre. This has enabled us to do some changes to our outdoor pots, although I would like some more new pots and of course a visit in person to a garden centre!
We have refreshed our wildlife pond and have started building a super deluxe bug hotel, I think the word is out in our local insect community as they are beginning to move in – they will be living in sheer luxury!
There is such a sense of achievement in the gardening process, especially as there is plenty of uninterrupted time to do it and of course it helps one come to terms with these difficult and unnatural times, as well as care for our well being. As always in a garden no matter the size, the jobs list is endless and so we plough on preparing the beds for the seedlings, watering, feeding and forming new plans for even more garden projects.