Three days of really glorious sunshine this weekend made for a happy Head Gardener (and a happy tulip too, opening up to greet the sun). I’ve been busy pruning penstemon (possibly a bit early, as we may yet have more frosts, but I’m reckless like that); tying in clematis and climbing roses; pricking out seedings; sowing tomatoes and all sorts of other bits and bobs. The garden was thrumming with insect life – fritillary, peacock and small tortoiseshell butterflies were all seen but were all camera shy; several different types of bumble bee and other bees were spotted; the robin followed me around and the Under-Gardener bullied the blackbirds. Spring has sprung!
Three little friends, all in different parts of the garden. I wish they’d eat the bloody whitefly, there’s been no let-up in the bloody things since last year. You’d think colder weather would see whitefly off, but apparently not. Nothing seems to get rid of them. I’ve even got them in the house, on the houseplants, I just can’t get rid of the pesky things. Maybe I should bring the ladybirds indoors. Or do they only eat aphids, not whitefly? Surely SOMETHING eats whitefly (besides me, when I fail to wash the kale thoroughly enough…!)
I’ve worked really hard on denser planting in the long border, above and below, to give a lusher look and to have fewer gaps. Most garden design books will tell you that bigger blocks of the same plants, repeated at intervals, will give a more effective, harmonious look than a random collection of single specimens in no particular order. Until last year my approach to gardening in the borders was mostly pick and mix, like a kid in a sweet shop, but more recently I’ve worked on building up more stock of my perennials through cuttings and divisions so that I can have them planted in bigger groups – it’s starting to pay off already. I’m really pleased with how it’s looking. Damn those pale pink tulips though, messing up my new colour scheme. I wanted hot bright colours only in here – but clearly I did a terrible job of evicting them last year. I’ve marked all these with sticks so that I know where to find them for removal this year once they’ve finished flowering!
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Keen amateur gardener, tending a large home garden growing flowers, fruit and veg, ably supported by husband and dog.
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2 thoughts on “Friday 18th – Sunday 20th March 2022 – A Perfect Weekend”
I get itchy fingers and start planting seeds too early,like you, I can’t help it. I know what you mean about the membrane. The garden we inherited has it in some of the graveled border beds, but I want to plant more things in them, so I’m digging under the gravel. cutting the membrane and popping in more plants. A great weekend of gardening, thanks for sharing it all.
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Planting through the membrane does seem to work, doesn’t it? I understand why people use it, I just don’t like it! We’ve got a week of good weather ahead so I’m hoping my impatience pays off! Hope all is going well in your garden.
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