We’re delighted to inform you that normal service is now resuming as winter draws to a close.
Our garden is not a great winter garden. Most food plants grown in the UK are deciduous, and I’m not a fan of most evergreen ornamentals. I hate the plastic, barren look and feel of most bread-leaved evergreens and hate conifers, so almost everything apart from the grass and a few herbs dies back, leaving a bare and brown space.
Luckily, though, perennials get going earlier in the year than almost any annual. The spring ephemerals are coming in of course, but the various alliums are also quick to start. After years getting established, Babington’s leek has now self-seeded around one corner with abandon and is popping up everywhere, and nearby the lungworts and lenten roses are in flower. On the other side of the house, the true roses are also now showing green shoots.
This afternoon I planted the first batch of seeds since the autumn sowings for stratification, and played with my son in the garden. Everything is still slow, but things are happening, and it feels good.