Well, it feels like we are truly entering spring. The clocks have changed. The bees and butterflies are emerging in greater numbers. Writing these posts changes from searching for six things to having to decide which six to feature. The garden is rapidly filling with an abundance of flowers. My post earlier in the week discussing the closure of garden centres has had a lot of attention and I appreciate the kind words I’ve received. I’ve been very busy in the garden this week, potting on and sowing more seed. I’m wondering how I managed working a full-time job and tending the garden! Possibly just that I’ve sown more knowing we’d be on lockdown. So let’s get going with this weeks six.
1. Tulip ‘tres chic’
The first tulip of the year is ‘tres chic’. We were bought a pack of these for our wedding and I bought another pack last autumn to give us another reminder. It’s a nice elegant long flower. It’s a bit lonely currently but I’m sure the others will catch up soon.
2. Lathyrus odoratus ‘sweet peas’
I have risked putting a few sweet peas in the soil. Still plenty in the mini-greenhouse as back up. These were mostly ‘air wardens’. So, they should mostly be red, Alice’s choice, but I did sow a few mixed. However, I haven’t kept them apart so we’ll see when they flower what we’ve got. I didn’t grow any last year and felt the loss every time I saw other peoples.
3. Sunflower challenge
I am taking part in a sunflower growing competition on Twitter. My previous sunflower efforts have been poor as we’ve usually gone away and come back to the dried out. However, this year that seems unlikely. With the motivation of competition, these will be reaching the top of the fence in no time. We have a pack of valentines, a flowerhead my parents saved from their own last year and a small pack of short ones purely for fun.
Alice helped sow, though there may be a few modules with many and some with none. My parent’s seed has gone in the tray and the Valentines in individual pots.
Then a few were spare for the birds.
I forget about these little bulbs each year then they come up as a pleasant little surprise. They are gradually spreading out. Only the white is out so far. The blue only has the one in flower.
I’ve found a lot of self-seeded hollyhocks the last week. I’ve dug them out and shifted them to the back of the border. I had the two putting on a good show last year late into the year. It’d be nice to have a few more towering along the back of the border. They suffer from rust but so far the two have still flowered well each year.
The bees are now coming out more regularly and in bigger numbers. The primulas and forget-me-nots are currently my most popular plants. Could do with some pulmonaria or some more spring-flowering shrubs to bring them in this time of year. But I was happy to capture this photo. The forget-me-not photos often lack detail and the colour ends up washed out but I think this one was pretty much spot on.
I hope you are all staying safe and finding ways to keep your sanity. I’m quite comfortable in my own company and Alice seems happy with all the quality time with parents. She’s helping with lots of garden jobs and enjoying lots of crafting inside. We are fortunate that she has a good attention time. Some days have been spent sat colouring and drawing for a good few hours. But we’re not struggling for things to do like many others. Hope you’re all keeping safe during these strange times.