the year begins

Cherry Garden

I love Spring.  The flowers, the bird call, the vibrant lime green leaves that are just starting to show.  The pond is coming alive and oh so suddenly there is a garden again!

Most of my seed sowing has happened over the last few weeks.  Except for the tomatoes (which I’m really questioning this year – the time -v- output – can I justify it?), everything else has had the first crop sown.  Lovely to see the greenhouse full of seed trays and new shoots.  A little frightening as well given the snow we had up here last night and during the day.  Last year I started everything off too late and felt the consequences during my summer harvest – hopefully I haven’t jumped too soon this year!  Impossible weather.

The rhubarb has been as wonderful as ever, although it has already started to flower.  Does this mean it needs to be split?  Stewed with ginger and orange juice – superb!  I still have kale, purple sprouting broccoli and leeks coming from last year – have well and truly filled the hungry gap for 2017.

The front spring border has been beautiful – the weeks I spent clearing rhododendron, rotivating, weeding and planting bulbs was certainly worthwhile.  Now it needs to be refined.  I’ve had lots of fritillary spring up – however, I understand why they are naturalised rather than planted into the border – the flowers are beautiful but they look a little lost without some grass.  My strength is certainly not grasses – but I expect there is something that I could plant both to support them and to show off the blooms to their full potential – perhaps that’s a job for tomorrow’s snowy day.