Tuesday, 10 January 2012

2012 - and Spring has Sprung ??????

Welcome to the new year at Scotsburn, and hopefully there will be  a lot going on this year, with more of the garden to clear, the veg patch to get a much larger and more permanent residence, a cut flower bed to be started up, more plants going into the long borders, a fruit bed to get up and running and more besides.
Anyway, today being my first day back at the garden since before Christmas, I took a wander round first thing to see what was what - and came across these harbingers of Spring (slightly early methinks !)

There are thousands of these, all over the garden, sticking their heads up for a look and three or four clumps in full flower already. There are also lots of the daffs having a peek as well but these should - hopefully - wait for a bit longer before producing their display.
Anyway, everything seemed to have survived the recent gales and storms, so it was on with the job. I began by cutting down the last of the herbaceous perennials in the long borders, dividing a clump of "Garden Original" Iris and moving a large scabious as I went.
After this I set about tidying up the climbing roses against the SF and WF walls. This job not only requires leather glowes, secateurs and telecopic pruners but also entails a trip along the top of the wall to remove the tallest branches  - and given that the top of the wall ain't flat (it's about 45 degrees), it can make you sweat a bit at times. But that's it done for now - no more wall clambering til April now.
Whilst I'm talking about the climbing roses, there is one still in flower - well it has one and a half blooms open but still has several fresh buds as well

After I had finished the climbing roses, I cut back the Rosa Rugosa in the small bed beside the gate. Having then had a chat with Sally, I retreived the cuttings from the compost heap and used them to plant up a small hedge between the box arch and the viburnum below the rose bed - I planted them a lot them at a short spacing as I want to be sure that enough root to make a decent barrier hedge.
I also ripped out the remaining Petit Posy plants. You may remember these - a cross between Kale and Sprouts - but in Sally's words, they were "disappointing", so out they came and I doubt they will be seen in the garden again.
Then I lifted some leeks and cut some PSB.
And I finished the day by starting into the apple tree pruning - this was started last year but the trees still need a bit of work to bring them back to their best.
So that was my first day back in 2012 - and instead of staring with the piccie from the potting shed, I'll finish with it. See ya next week


  1. Your garden is so huge you can practically make it into a maze! The plants in your garden seem to be very healthy. Can you show us more of your garden?

    Jamie Keifer

    1. Hi Jamie
      I will be taking a lot more photos this year anyway as I will be clearing more of the garden and bringing it back into cultivation. I also need more photos for a talk I have promiosed to do in the Autumn.
      I will try and get a couple of shots from the top of the wall the next time I'm over and time and weather permit! And I might try and draw up a rough map of the garden and scan it onto the blog so people can see where I'm talking about. All in all the whole of the garden area is just over two acres!

  2. Wow, did you trim all those shrubs yourself? A maze garden is fantastic, but to achieve the look requires a lot of effort. I think it would enhance your garden if you create a rock path. I’m sure it’ll let out the child in everyone. :D And it can also lighten up maintenance tasks during wet days. -->Jeremy Beauregard

  3. Yeah, you probably have a big area there. You can either have a flower or a veggie garden, or maybe even both! I really can imagine how beautiful this place can be. Uhm, how’s your garden going?

    Shona Martinez