Welcome back to lockdown gardening. Not that for my family we can see that much difference day today. Alice is still in school as the child of two critical workers. Amy is still teaching the same amount of lessons, but remotely. And Boris Johnson decreed Early Years education would stay open so I am still teaching. But, I’ve had a good week back with the kids and I particularly enjoyed our work around the rain. The group really enjoyed making their bottle shakers far more than I expected. 12 days wild came to an end but we carry on with our nature involvement all year. I just don’t do the daily blogging. I’ve also found a little bit of time this week to plant the last few bulbs. They may be a bit late but they were very cheap so no great loss if they are weak this year I reckon they’ll return the year after.
1. Lilium ‘Passion Moon’
Today’s bulbs are the last to be planted. These are possibly a bit late but they were half price from Sarah Raven, taking them down to normal prices. I would have put them in the ground but when I got round to it the ground was a bit frozen. So they’ve just gone in pots for now. They are described as raspberry and cream. My lilies did much better last year when I moved them to a shadier spot. The lily beetles were much lower in number.
2. Nectaroscordium siculum
I bought a few more of these in my Sarah Raven order. I had planted a few in the front garden already taking a chance on the shaded conditions. They are bee magnets and with the multiple tubular flowers they can cater for many.
3. Terracotta pot
I also got this hanging pot a while back but I haven’t decided what to put in it. It will probably only fit one plant so this may just be a little seasonal display. It’s got a nice rustic rough surface to it.
4. Solar lights
I bought these little solar lights for Amy to replace the Christmas lights. They are only tiny little solar candles so they don’t create too much light pollution for the nightlife in the garden but add a few twinkles around the log store.
5. Juniper communis ‘green carpet’
I added this little juniper around the base of an Acer. It forms a nice carpet of green as the name suggests. Juniper berries (which aren’t really berries) are great for a handful of birds that migrate to the UK in winter. Plant life are running an appeal to raise money to plant junipers in areas of the country where they would be native. There are a number of gardens locally that have patches of thriving dwarf juniper varieties like this so I thought I would give it a go. I don’t have much in the way of conifers and pines and I fancy having that little extra for a bit more variety to my foliage. Also, being evergreen it keeps a bit more greenery through winter so the garden doesn’t look too stark.
It isn’t really that exciting a plant to look at but once it spreads a bit more it should look good in combination with the Acer and ferns to the sides. The grounds had a bit of a mulch which always improves the look of things.
6. National Gardening Scheme tea towel
I like a tea towel and the NGS have been unable to do a lot of their usual fundraising for other charities over the last year. So, I bought this rather cheerful teatowel before Christmas. I’m of an age where I quite like practical objects like a good quality tea towel with a nice design. If tea towels aren’t of interest to you the NGS lecture was excellent viewing.
I hope you are all coping well. I know lockdown has been a blow for many but I feel safer seeing more measures being put in place to tackle problems. My RHS exam is cancelled. Not really a surprise. But, it will give me more time to revise and work on the next assignment on propagation. I’ve got 14 plant profiles to complete. These are getting harder to complete as we go along as I’ve used many of my favourite plants from my garden and we are a bit limited for visiting other gardens currently. But I’ll work something out. Though I don’t think I can get away with 14 new purchases. Amy might notice that many slipping in. Enjoy your weekends.