Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Scorchio No More !

What a chamge from last week. When I got up this morning there was about 1/2 inch of snow in my own garden. However I am only a couple of minutes walk from the coast and only about 100m above sea level. Scotsburn is a bit further from the coast and 400m above sea level - and what a difference it makes. There was between 3 and 4 inches of snow lying in the garden on my arrival and throughout the morning, several more small but nasty falls kept it going for a while longer.
Here is what I was met with this morning...

And the view from the potting shed..........


Whilst it was still this miserable, I decided that the potting shed could do with a clear out and set abot sorting everything out and sweeping up the detritus of 26 or so years, so now I have a place for everything and everything in it's place ..........


As you can see, the weather started to brighten up soon after I finished and the aftenoon was actually very pleasant indeed. Whilst clearing the potting shed, I came across an old piece of a cardboard box which originally held hyacinth bulbs


More to the point, there were handwritten notes below each picture stating where they should be planted and what with. From the right,  Jan Bos was to be planted in tubs along with Parrot tulips and Anemone blanda, L'Innocence was to be planted in bowls along with Lily Tulips, Ostara was to be in bowls on its own, City of Harlem was to be planted in a row in the front border of the house along with Parrot Tulips and Lady Derby on it's own in bowls.
Although there was still snow on the ground, it was retreating from the edges of the walls as the weasther brightened, so I got the Mantis out and rotavated the ground for the first line of the cordon sweet peas that Sally wants to grow for showing this year. This bed had already been dug over and the Mantis made short work of the soil. Then it was in with the canes at approximately a size 10 welly distance apart. The canes were then strung together and staked at both ends. There is another row to do next eek when I bring over some more canes.


By now it was actually getting quite warm and various plants were beginning to show themselves.
There was the ornamental quince, Chaenomeles japonica, of which there are two in the garden - one with a white flower and the other with the more common red flower.......


In the long borders, the three Paeony "Sara Bernhardt" plants are looking well .......


And up by the summerhouse, the Viburnum looks good, especailly against a clear blue sky !...


Down in the greenhouse, things continue to grow on well, and yet another tree paeony has appeared, giving us four plants from seven seeds sown. The first of the brassica seeds are germinating......


And the self saved lupins continue to appear - there are now 51 young seedlings in the tray (don't try and count them - some cells have two seedlings in!).....


After watering everything that needed it, I decided to set about the fruit border next. Now this is full of old blackcurrant bushes, bramble roots, nettles, thistles, dockens etc etc, so Ibrought my old mattock out of retirement especially for this border.........

And that's about it for this week - nothing done that was planned to do but still quite a lot achieved in spite of the snow. See y'all next week.










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