More sun in the kitchen garden
The height of the sun in the sky increases daily and with it the light that the garden receives. This is good for the veggies, and the broad beans and garlic are very happy.
Cat-Merlyn posing with the broad beans, plus garlic sticking it's leaves up
I thought it was time to dig out the old mini greenhouse and put it together as I'm starting to sow seeds. Sadly, the new cover I got for it was the wrong size. Well, not so much the wrong size as the fact that manufacturers have changed the sizing of recent frames, making them smaller, and meaning I cannot purchase a cover the right size to replace it. Very frustrating! I have considered trying to make one bespoke, but have instead decided to buy a completely new mini greenhouse. When it comes to gardening and having ME, I have to carefully decide where to put my limited energy, and I'd rather put it into growing plants than trying to make a (not very easy to make) bespoke plastic cover.
Hedera colchica 'sulphur heart',
plus snowdrops and pulmonaria planted under the damson tree
I haven't done a lot of planting this month as it rained for much of the month until the last 10 days, though not as bad here as down South. The ground was sodden so not great for planting into. In the last week it's been better and I finally planted my ivy Hedera colchica 'sulphur heart'. This is a lovely variegated evergreen climber, and my hope is that it will not only start covering the fence, but also give more interest and colour to this dimmer corner of the garden. I added some snowdrops under the Damson tree that I picked up at Hodsock Priory, Galanthus Ikariae and Galanthus S. Arnott.
The other changes since the end of January are growth! Such as the Solanum crispum 'Glasnevin', also growing up the fence.
Lots of new growth on the young Solanum
It was with great joy that my Galanthus Bagpuize Virginia suddenly popped up. I wasn't sure they would come up as I dug them up before we left Oxford last March, and they sat in a pot for most of the year, leaves died back, until I finally planted them in the Strawberry Border last November. My lesson from this is that maybe you don't really have to plant snowdrops 'in the green' as is the usual horticultural advice. Or maybe I got lucky?!
Galanthus Bagpuize Virginia in the Strawberry border
Strawberry border with 7 Galanthus Bagpuize Virginia
My first daffodil has flowered, only in the last day, along with Crocus snow bunting.
I pruned back the perennials and Rosa Seagull (growing up the arch) and tidied the herbs in the Herb Border.
And I have this Hellebore, Blue Lady, to plant in the middle of the obelisk.
Helleborus 'Blue Lady'
The hellebores in the Cornus Border are now fully flowering.
As is the first of the gorgeous Iris Reticulata J. S. Dijt.
The long Shady Border is starting to see sights of further bulb/corm growth, and the Sarcococca confusa is still flowering and fragrant. I need to get onto putting up the proper frame for the Morello Cherry in March, so hopefully by the end of next month the current bamboo cane against the fence will have gone.
Overall, the garden has really started to come to life by the end of February. My jobs for March will be focus on some vegetable seed sowing, some in modules and some direct into my new vegetable borders. I'm quite excited that I'll finally be using these borders!
I also need to get the grapevine in, which will be growing up the pergola, and cut back the Cornus shrubs so I can get the lovely red stems to bring joy next winter.
February has been a good month, despite the rain. I'm looking forward to March.
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