It’s officially the first day of Spring today but my garden is seemingly still in the slumbers of Winter. I’ve got some daffs and the bluebells are starting to spring up but the rest of the garden is, at best, yawning and rubbing its eyes. Still, I’m sure it’ll smell the coffee soon and throw off the duvet and get on with the job in hand.
It was drizzly and grey this morning but the drizzle was short lived and I was soon able to get out there and get on with assembling this cold frame.
I took delivery of it earlier this week. Aldi are celebrating Spring by selling a range of gardening bits and bobs. I’ve been after a cold frame for ages so I snapped this one up when I saw it. It’s not the highest quality, but what do you expect for less than forty quid? I’m sure it’ll do me for a couple of years and then I can decide whether or not to invest in a more expensive one. It’ll save me having to cart my seedlings in and out of the greenhouse when it comes to hardening them off. I’ve sowed a fair few seeds already but nothing’s happening with them yet.
The drizzle left behind beautiful diamonds on my lupin leaves. This is the second of the two lupins that I bought last year. I’m really pleased that they’ve both graced me with their presence this year. Let’s hope they produce beautiful flowers in the summer. I was quite disappointed last year by how short lived they were, but they were very welcome while they stuck around.
My poor pieris was already suffering from thrip but now it seems to have struggled with the cold snap at the beginning of the year too. Its leaves are looking pretty black, and I thought I may have lost it but I noticed today that it is struggling on and has produced its gorgeous bell-like flowers. I’ll have to see how it goes.
This is a new cowslip that has appeared. There are quite a few out there that I haven’t planted. One appeared a couple of years ago at the end of the garden, so I relocated it to my birthday planter and it seems that they self seed quite prolifically. That’s fine. I think they’re really pretty with their cheerful yellow flowers.
My final two points are unidentified additions to the garden that, the same as the cowslip, I haven’t planted, and I could do with some help in identifying them.
First is this leafy plant that has sprung up in a random plant pot that I hadn’t emptied. Is it honesty? I had some honesty a couple of years ago that I picked up from a sale table. It was just sold as a wild flower, but it turned out to be honesty. I intended to collect the seeds but didn’t get round to it, but I guess nature might have done its thing.
Finally is this shrub which looks like giant coriander. Could it be a gooseberry bush? It looks like it according to Leafsnap, but I don’t understand how a gooseberry bush has just appeared from nowhere. The new leaves are growing on what looks like old wood underneath, but I’ve never seen it before! I’m not even sure if I like gooseberries, but it’d be nice to find out.
That’s my Six for this week. I hope we get some prolonged dry spells soon so I can get out there and do some tidying. There’s nothing worse than pulling weeds and random detritus when they’re all soggy. I need it to dry out and then I can get stuck into sorting out the Winter damage.
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