As the slugs have eaten a whole load of the new plants I’d put in, the flowerbed near the kitchen has been looking a bit bare (which, realistically, means more bloody creeping yellow buttercup). I had a load of foxglove seedlings in the cold frame that were getting a bit leggy – the instructions on the packet said to plant them out in October but no chance.
So I ended up putting a load in the wildflower meadow, the lower garden, the upper bank, the bed at the bottom of the garden and the bed by the kitchen (I had loads of plants).
I assume that (as they are poisonous) the slugs won’t eat them. They aren’t terribly pretty as the plants but when they flower they are glorious – for about three weeks.
We’re a bit later than I’d intended but a couple of days ago, we sowed our carrot seeds.
The bed wasn’t too weedy as I’d covered it in wood chippings over the winter. My husband spent far longer than I would have raking through the compost and breaking up the clay. Still, we will probably get better results.
The seeds we sowed were one set of easy-grow, early cropping orange carrots and one set of multi-coloured carrots that I suspect won’t grow as easily. There were about 2,500 seeds in the first packet and 200 in the second so I should think we’ll get a lot more of the “standard” carrots in any case.
I really need to sort out a couple of flowerbeds. One in particular is a weedy, grassy disgrace. I wonder whether it would be worth putting a load of lavender and herbs in there? I had meant to make it more “fancy” but anything is better than what I have at present. And oregano would be great at going to battle with the weeds.
Last weekend, we went to the IoW. Although it is still winter (at least until 1 March), quite a few daffodils and blossom were out. I even saw my first bumblebee (I was in the kitchen and didn’t have my camera or I would have taken a photo).
The primroses are looking very pretty. Last year I planted a whole bunch of more exotic primroses – so far they haven’t appeared. Perhaps it is a bit early or perhaps they just haven’t survived.
The little daffodils are out and the big daffodils are appearing. I haven’t seen any sign of the alliums – I don’t think they came back last year so perhaps it is the wrong spot for them.
There are quite a few beds that are an utter disgrace. Weedy, full of grass, just plain looking awful. When it stops raining, I will sort those those out.
Some friends came round last week and gave me a miniature rose with white flowers. Now that I’d done some weeding, I did, finally, have some spaces between my plants. I had rather a dilemma as to where to put it though – my rose garden is walled so you only see small plants when you look directly down into it. However, I have a policy that the children Are Not Allowed In The Rose Garden Because There Are Prickles. So it does seem rather unreasonable to put a rose somewhere that isn’t the rose garden. Plus, the miniature rose was a prickly bugger.
I ended up planting it in the front of the rose garden.
Now, a few people (I think including you, Kal?) have recommended that I put down bark chippings to try to control the weeds. I’d resisted, for ridiculous reasons like occasionally I like the weeds and weeding is good exercise. However, it was getting ridiculous so I ended up putting some down.
We’d had them for a little while so when I opened the packet, they smelt. My sister in law said the chippings smelt of vomit. I decided that they smelt more of someone’s cheesy, garlic arse when they hadn’t washed for around a week to ten days.
Anyway, I spread 200 litres of bark chippings on my rose garden, around the hydrangeas on the terrace and bunged the leftovers on the front flowerbed. I’ll put more down when I do an Autumn prune; I estimate that I need another 600 litres.