2020 is here and another growing year ahead of us…
Well spring is here and after a very wet winter I wonder how our gardens will respond this growing season?
Due to the #Coronavirus #Covid19 outbreak NGS garden openings have been cancelled for the forseeable future for 2020.
I’m using this #selfisolating time to grow #perennials – #hollyhocks #sweetwilliams #echinacea #lupins #foxgloves in my cold frame with tomato plants in my conservatory with a few annual climbers for my obelisks #sweetpeas.
My raised beds had been topped up with John Innes No.3 and then lot of veg sown, carrots, beetroot, leeks, silverskin onions, onion sets, mixed lettuce leaves and parsley. I have one non raised bed for the parsnips ( as I found then difficult to harvest when they were grown in raised beds a couple of years ago due to their long tap root.
Over the winter I moved the blackcurrant bushes out of my lawn and into the mixed hedge growing along side, rosa rugosa, forsythia, lilac, spirea, buddleia and underplanted with lavender. I have recently pollarded my willow and pruned my dogwoods (I don’t prune them hard but take a third of the mature stems out every year)
I re-edged my lawns ( no lawn mower at the moment not that the grass is in need of mowing just yet) planted a few pots of snowdrops in the green, re-stained my sheds (I hate painting find it sooo boring) all those jobs that you know you’ve got to do but kinda put on the I’ll do eventually list’.
Rather than pressure washing my decking I’m using the ‘wet & forget’ spray for the first time and it actually works well on my pavers in my lawn and on the decking…environmentally friendly too… #watchthisspace
My Daphne has flowered beautiful this winter/spring and now the Viburnum burkwoodii is in full flower and the scents in my garden have been beautiful. I’ve been trying to get more winter shrubs in my garden just outside my conservatory door and it has worked. saracocca, mahonia, winter flowering honeysuckle and clematis ‘jingle bells’.
The climbing roses and other summer climbers are waking up now and hopefully will smother my pergola over my decking this year to enjoy on the long warm summer evenings (I can live in hope). I gave all the shrubs and trees in the garden a feed with pelleted chicken manure a couple of weeks ago. I even picked my homegrown mothers day posie. So at this difficult time take time out from chores and go and potter in your garden, sow some seeds or just admire what you’ve got flowering now…
Happy Gardening.. #staysafe