Service Resumes

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.

Spring ephemerals in bloom

Spring ephemerals in bloom

Babington's leeks - old plants and self-seeded bulbils are everywhere

Babington’s leeks – old plants and self-seeded bulbils are everywhere

Lungwort in bloom

Lungwort in bloom

Hellebores brightening up dreary winter days

Hellebores brightening up dreary winter days

Rose shoots

Rose shoots

2 thoughts on “Service Resumes

    • When we first moved I cleared a lot of the grass etc. by putting down plastic mulch and leaving it for 1 – 2 years. It takes a while for the weeds to re-invade as long as you don’t disturb the soil too much and expose weed seeds in the soil to light. Weeds still pop up, but I take them on a case by case basis. I’m quite happy for a lot of plants to self seed – I tend to leave aquilegias for example.

      Most of the seeds sown so far are for non-vegetables. I did plant some onion sets in the raised beds, and I have some strawberry seeds going (they’re my favourite ground-cover). I’m going to put a list of 2017 seeds up when I get a chance.

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