This year is flying by and I can’t believe it’s only 4 weeks to my 1st every NGS Open Garden day.
Preparations are well underway Gazebos, tables, bunting and balloons all being acquired. ‘To do’ Lists being made including a list of trusty family & friends who have offered to help out on the day manning plant / cake stalls, baking and serving delicious refreshments and most importantly welcoming visitors.
My garden is looking lovely and really pleased how it just wakes up and the temperature rises and day lengths increase just doing what it does that’s what I love about a perennial garden. I’ve just sown some runner beans and pinched out my sweet peas both growing in my conservatory.
I’ve moved the David Austin & Birthday Girl rooted rose cuttings (that were potted on over the winter) from the nursery bed so they have made room for me to sow some veg parsnips, beetroot, swiss chard and sown some biennials Sweet Williams, Foxgloves (that will be planted this autumn when they are small plants into their flowering positions for next spring) In pots I’ve sown Leeks, chives (one of my favourite herbs and love it scattered amongst my borders), more biennials Teasels, Aubretia & Cow slips. (Seeds I got in my goody bag from the ‘Garden News’ stand at Harrogate Spring Flower Show last Weekend which I thoroughly enjoyed visiting. Made a few purchases for my garden day.
Most of the daffodils have been deadheaded now and leaving the leaves to die down for 6 weeks before removing them from borders and in my lawn.
These lovely wooden toadstools (another purchase from Harrogate Spring Flower Show) stand in a north facing corner of a shady part of my garden I’m creating an area with some shade loving perennials, helebores, hostas & evergreen shrubs providing perfect habitat for my spiky hedgehog friends. The lovely Rhododendron are flowering now and really brighten up another north facing shady corner. My garden soil is neutral but I created a ericacous bed for the Rhododendron and top dress it with 2 bags of ericaceous compost in the early spring and they are thriving.
Fruit trees & bushes are in full blossom and bee buzzing around Bramley Apple Blossom hoping for a lovely crop later in the year.