Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Greenhouse Progress

I arrived this morning to be greeted by the shiny new frame of the greenhouse which was erected on Saturday by Richard, Sally and Matthew, though not without a few problems from what I can gather. It remains to be glazed yet and have the door and the staging fitted but hopefully that should be done soon as time is marching on and seeds need to be sown.

As you can see, the ground elder in the bottom section of the garden is getting out of control and as soon as I get a dry Wednesday, the knapsack sprayer will be out and the Glyphosate will flow!
I also dug over and raked the west facing bed which will again be used for veg this year (but ultimately I would like to see it turned over to a cut flower bed, growing dahlias, gladioli, asters, etc). Anyway, after digging it over, I planted the potatoes - 2 drills of Rooster, 2 drills of Charlotte and 1 drill of Belle de Fontenay.

Then I started weeding again! - First was the small bed just inside the gate, which is home to a silver pear tree, a pear tree, a climbing hydrangea, hypericum, syringia and roses, along with some tulips.

Then it was back into the long borders, though it is becoming noticeably quicker to weed these now.
I also planted out 5 new hellebores that Sally brought down - these are variety unknown but are now planted alongside the existing hellebores near the summerhouse.
On the plant progress front, everything continues to green up, there are flower buds on the oriental poppies and a few flower buds on both the older and the new peonies. All the tulips in the garden have buds just about to open (though there is one group that doesn't look like it will do anyting at all this year - Sorry Jen !), the pulmonaria goes from strength to strength, and the daffies continue to impress.
There is blossom on the cherry trees,  both of which look as if the winter wash has benefitted them hugely (touch wood!!) and some blossom starting on the older pear trees too. There are Rhubarb crowns appearing all over the garden - there have been about 15 transplanted already but I reckon there are another 15 or sixteen growing "wild" 
In the potting shed, the onion sets have all rooted, and the sweet peas are starting to germinate, though something seems to have been nibbling at the Rainbow Chard seedlings.
That's it til next week, byeeee!

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