Well, despite the snow and ice, the days are lengthening and the bulbs are flowering. And I have a new deck extension and two raised vegetable beds. The sun bathed us all in its glow on the 28th March and the dwarf irises opened themselves to the day. And now the daffodils are ready to pop open with their beautiful yellow trumpets.
Gardening is becoming fun again – the sun is out, the wind is from the east though so it’s still chilly. However, I have planted some purple clematis on the west fence and sowed a zigzag row of first early Kelvedon dwarf peas in one of the new raised beds, fondly christened the cemetery.
I have taken my strawberries out from the cold frame and sat the pots and trays on the other bed. I haven’t decided whether to plant them in the bed or a strawberry planter of which I have one.
I know that strawberries don’t really need overwintering under cover because I didn’t get them all out of the ground last year and the plants remaining outside, uncared for have shown themselves to be remarkably hardy.
The west garden is looking wonderful. Not a scrap of grass left. It really is on the way to being a proper garden now. All the ajuga retpans survived the winter and have perked up. The purple Aubrieta are peeping through the purple Vinca minor and the dwarf irises edge the bed nicely. I shifted the Hellebore from the east to the west garden just near the wild bird feeding station and it hasn’t noticed the shift. I bought some purple clematis so that in a couple of years, they will have climbed the dividing fence and hopefully will make a stunning backdrop to the west garden.
The area surrounding the little shed at the back has always looked messy, so I am about to remove the ugly remains of a Buddleja and fill that fence in with honeysuckle and jasmine. I have both the cold frames down there where they catch the morning sun. The compost bins are there as well and some bricks I hope to utilise as edging somewhere.
I do love the raised vege beds and the cement slabs surrounding them – recycled from under the conservatory. All bodes well for the summer in case we have one.
The two decks enclose a useful planting area – I say useful because I can dump soil from pot plants and excess plants that need a home for a while. I have planted two Hamamelis shrubs in the vacant space. Bulbs, more bulbs and other ‘stuff’, primrose and bits and pieces.
The WW has made me two planters from the left over decking that look very smart and sit well on the decks. They will be filled, of course.
- A Wooden Bed Frame Becomes A Raised Bed Garden (hbb2obm.com)
- Raised Beds (weedsandwhiskers.wordpress.com)