LATE MARCH - ON YOUR MARKS, GET SET ...
Is it really nearly the end of March already? We've had some good weather this week, and the plants are unfurling their leaves and putting on a startling amount of growth.
1. The Rose Garden
I've fed the Roses with a granular rose feed and then mulched them. In the left hand bed is Strulch and on the right hand bed is leaf mould. The leaf mould looks less obtrusive, and is what I usually use. I've never used Strulch before, so this is by way of an experiment to see which I prefer.
The next photo is also of the Rose Garden, showing the Oak tree which towers over it (and of course drops its leaves on it).
2. The Long Border
This week I (finally) cleared away all of last years old stalks and leaves, putting them through the shredder. Most satisfying.
You'll notice the side of the woodshed on the right of the photo and be thinking - she could grow a lovely clematis over that. And you'd be right. I just need to choose a suitable one.
3. Tree planting
Over in the Orchard a couple of fruit trees have been planted. I chose a Victoria Plum and an Oullins Golden Gage. There was an ancient Greengage tree here when we moved in which produced a great crop for a couple of years before dying. Hopefully this one will be equally fruitful.
4. The Knot Garden
We lost one of the standard trees last year to Winter wet, but this year they seem to have come through unscathed. The dwarf hedges are almost knitting together now.
Another plant that was lost last year was a Clematis, though it was the Summer drought not Winter rains that killed that one. Here is its replacement - Clematis alpina Cyanea, flowering beautifully, albeit at ankle height.
5. February Gold
Down in the woodland the Narcissus February Gold are still looking good.
6. The Potager
Over in the vegetable garden (or Potager if you are pretentious like me (and Rosemary Verey), there are the potatoes to plant this weekend: another case of enthusiastic ordering in the dark days of winter.
There are swaths of daffodils about to flower and the buds on the Magnolia Soulangeana are beginning to open, so there will be plenty of Spring loveliness to report next week, frost permitting. But that's all I have for this week.
Thanks as always to The Propagator for hosting Six on Saturday.