Six on Saturday: 8.2.20-Exciting News

It’s been a week of ups and downs. One day mild, the next freezing. But I’ve managed a few jobs in the garden. Gradually getting things tidy ready for growth starting afresh in spring. A little bit of gentle weeding was required in the front garden and I’ve had time to read a few garden books and magazines while I plan ahead for next year.

1. Seaweed feed

My dad bought lots of feed at the end of last year and passed some onto me. So as the plants are showing signs of growth already I’ve been around and given them a sprinkle of the seaweed food. The box covered the plants in the front garden and a good amount of the key plants in the back garden. I’ll hold onto the liquid feed until the weather has warmed a bit further to give the plants another boost.

2. Foxglove seedlings

I planted a number of different foxglove seeds back in Autumn, including a few of the mountain varieties where the flowers point up. They germinated well and then have sat in their seed trays not putting on any growth, so I’ve moved them into individual pots now to see if that will help them as the daylight increases and the weather gets warmer over the next few months.

3. Mini-Daffodils

I planted a few mini-daffs in the front garden. These are quite a bit ahead of the back gardens. I’m not a massive fan of daffodils but Amy likes them, so I always keep a few on the go. They don’t provide pollen for many insects but it’s a bit of cheer to pass as we come back to the house.

4. Iris Reticulata-Harmony

The first of the iris are opening up. The first randomly came up in a fuschia pot. I think Alice may have poked it in.

I’m now starting the plant shuffle to move the spring bulb pots in amongst the winter foliage pots so they are visible from the house to enjoy.

5. Charity shop finds

Having added the metal jug amongst the pots last week, this week I found a stoneware jug to add amongst the clutter. Infront is a crab shell found on the beach and I’ve wrapped some of the old fishing rope around the pots.

6. RHS-The principles of horticulture Level 2

Now for some exciting news this week I have enrolled for one of the RHS long-distance learning courses. I am currently looking at a career change and I think this could be a good route to go. Over the last few years, I’ve become more and more passionate about my garden and growing by various methods. This should improve my knowledge and who knows where else it will take me. I’m excited, while a little scared having looked at past papers, to get started. I’ve also enjoyed the Plant-Based Podcast this week which was on making the career change to horticulture. It couldn’t have come at a more opportune moment.

We have the builders returning to fit the outside light. This will just about mark the end of the building work that has dragged on for a year. I’m excited to have it completed as I can then look at setting up the patio properly. Just in time for the spring bulbs coming out.

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32 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: 8.2.20-Exciting News”

  1. I hope your studies go well. Having taught for over 30 years, I look back and wonder what I would have preferred to do. Yes, gardening or woodworking! I did enjoy many of the classes I taught but didn’t realise until I stopped, how stressed I had been. I am sure that the same can be said for so many other jobs, too. Anyway, enjoy your patio. I am just off to see if I can find MY first daffodil!

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    1. Only got the smallest daffodils out at the moment. Others a good way off. I certainly feel less stressed for not having the pressures of Ofsted looming. I enjoy working with kids and if I can find a role that combines both that’d be great but my job has become more and more about ticking boxes for inspection.

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    1. Cheers Fred. Taken many photos of the irises. They’ve become a favourite part of spring over the last few years. Little nervous going back into studies. Been many years since I last sat a test but looks like an interesting course. A lot of terminology and vocab to learn.

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    1. I try to circulate the pots so I’ve got a structure of evergreens and then slot a few flowering pots between. My aim for this year is to really look at the patio displays and make them more coherent rather than a rand collection.

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  2. Excellent to hear you’re enrolling on RHS course, I’m sure you’ll find it fascinating & fully engaging. I too listened to that podcast – so many avenues & opportunities to explore! Best of luck 👍🏻

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  3. I wish you all the best with your potential career change. It’s what I spent my working life in and I don’t regret it for a moment. Just don’t expect to get rich! I love the Iris’s, not sure why I haven’t grown any, the daffodil I’m not sure about.

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    1. It’ll be a drop in pay but that isn’t everything in life. The course looks interesting but strange to be doing lessons when I’ve been used to teaching lessons. Got an interview this week for a garden centre job growing the plants so that would be an ideal start.
      I like the irises lots. Adding several other varieties for later in the year. The daffodils I could happily live without but my wife likes them lots so I always plant a few.

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  4. I also like the iris dotted amongst the foliage plants. What are the merits of seaweed feed over others, do you know? As to your career change, so many good teachers get driven from the profession, both here & in my country of origin. Teaching is HARD & should be supported. But you’ll do fab in your studies, no doubt. It’s good to be nervous, as it’ll focus your attention, shows you’re invested. I did my last degree in my mid-50s, so if I can, you’re a shoo in. Kudos for being so brave!

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    1. The seaweed feed has an advantage for my clay soil in that clay soil is rich in nutrients but not in form all plants can get and seaweed helps break it down. If I remember rightly, but aside from that it’s a natural feed that is probably more sustainable than many others.
      Teaching has many fabulous sides but the current set up has minimised them and made inspections the focus sadly. But right now I’d rather be working in something practical like horticulture.

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    1. I’d be more excited by them if they put on some more growth. Been stuck at the same size a while. But hopefully potting them on will help.
      Looking forward to getting stuck into course. An excuse to grow more to gain hands on experience.

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  5. Congratulations on your first steps to a new career. Sad that it means one less teacher but important that you are happy in your life and what could be better than a horti job! Wishing you every success. Loved your stoneware pot find and the cheery daff.

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