Two weeks on from my last post and things are definitely moving. Having eagerly awaited and documented, see instagram, the first snowdrops the masses are now flowering and at their most perfect right now. With some unseasonably warm weather at the beginning of the week and a storm forecast for the end I am not sure how long they will last but I am enjoying seeing them on roadside verges and gardens, popping up all over the place.
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The aconites are looking pretty good too!
In the flower borders I have been ruthlessly digging out plants, ok pink geraniums, which are taking over and moving other bits around to try and add a bit of variety. I do this every year but have so far still ended up with a sea of pink come June. Let’s hope that this year is more successful. In amongst the geraniums, I have been pleased to see lots of tulips emerging. They have been in a few years now so are doing well.
Tulips – yay!
Also very happy to see day lilies, irises, poppies and very, very happy to see crown imperials (fritillaria).
Not so happy to see vine weevils in the geranium roots. I will have to take this into account when choosing new plants as they prefer some to others. I have dug out the sedum and potted up to put somewhere else as they are a particular favourite with their fleshy roots. So a morning of squashing grubs, they squirt quite far if you squeeze hard!!
Meanwhile in the veg plot better news, the vegetable beds have had plenty of muck added (thanks Trevor!) and the soil is warming up nicely. I have finally made a proper cage for the broccoli so all we need now are some purple sproutings, and begun sowing seeds in the greenhouse and my own little polytunnel.
I keep consulting my lists but there is only one more week of February left and I have the feeling that it may be harder to stick to the plan once everything is growing like crazy.
Quite a bit has been sown and Cavalo kale, komatsuna, speedy salad leaves, radish and cornflowers are up as well as an unlabelled pot of seedings on my windowsill, plan what plan? I am hoping that there will be something to pick in the pub garden in a few weeks, but you never know we could well go back to winter before it is really spring and I really shouldn’t get too carried away.
More snowdrops to finish, doubles this time, and I’m ready for the next show. I do love the seasons – bring on the daffodils!