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.
Its time to get going in the garden, so we have been planning what to grow from seed for cutting in our various beds. Our aim is to grow more to cut not just for the house but for our workshops. As always as we are told by the experts its all about the soil so a 1000 litre bag of manure was a welcome gift this Christmas – gone are the days of bottles of expensive Champagne and chocolates – its all about the muck and compost!
In the autumn we planted some bare rooted David Austin climbing Roses – ‘Pilgrim’ - along the fence into our Meadow Garden. Our Meadow Garden plot is where we are developing and planning to fill with beds all having different themes providing the delicious displays that our visitors and guests can enjoy. So far we have our White bed, Bed’19 a collection of hot colours oranges, yellows and purple. We also have our Pollinators bed which gets our focus this year along with a large patch that will be planted with meadow seed. We have a long list of pollinators plants as we need to protect our bees.
Near our summer house, this year we are going to utlise and develop the raised beds to provide more foliage and herbs for a project in the autumn. The other thing that is changing this year is the garden shed or new garden workshop, as it will be known, bigger brighter and room for no junk but the perfect place to pot on and store the garden tools.
Longing for the cold wind to go and for the warmth of summer days – I know winters not quite done but you have to be hopeful, as you have to be when doing any gardening, on any scale.