I’m going to be spending a lot of time in my garden from now on as my work came to a sudden halt on Monday. This should mean that with all this attention the garden will be a picture of luxurious perfection this year. However, I very much doubt that it will be. Well, let’s be honest, it won’t be but I will have time to sort some things out and to get a lot of those ‘one day’ jobs done. What I do know is that my garden will play a huge part in maintaining my sanity in the coming months. The weather improved yesterday after two days of rain and I got some overdue pruning done.
1. I emptied one compost bin into an area of the garden last Sunday then turned the other two over and along. All three bins were full of Rose Capsid Bug larvae, right through the full depth of the bins. I found quite a lot of them in the compost last year but this year it’s a real infestation. I started collecting them in this large pot but, eventually, had to use a florists bucket. I stopped counting at 200! There were several dead adults in there as well. Has anyone else had this problem?
2. On a much happier note Lamprocapnos spectabile has suddenly pushed through the ground.
3. In this narrow border in front of Viburnum bodnantense ‘Dawn’ there are several good sized clumps of Snowdrops. These were planted beneath a Hackonechloa that is just emerging.
4. Muscari latifolium obviously enjoyed the heat last summer and have spread further than I would like. I’ll enjoy the flowers for now then perform a cull. Sorry, it was windy yesterday afternoon, hence out of focus picture.
5. Unlike the Muscari, the Pieris didn’t enjoy last summers heat and drought and I was worried I would lose it. It’s not looking too bad but there aren’t a lot of flowers. Bees love them.
6. My little patch of Fritillaria meleagris.
It’s SPRING! The forecast for the next few days is for frosty nights and sunny days. Last autumn I went round the garden making a list of things to move/plant/get rid of/replace. I think I’ll make a start on it. Lots of time out in the sunshine.
Keep safe everyone, and do some virtual garden visiting to meet other Sixers courtesy of our leader at