Well, it’s that time of the year when one simply HAS to make a start and begin the big clear up! Given it’s either snowing or raining I thought I’d crack on with the greenhouse.
As I walked into the greenhouse, I almost trod on this brown frog, brilliantly disguised it is!
Four painful hours later I had it looking a little tidier….and DON’T say it’s still a mess….
The first thing I do when the greenhouse is tidied is put a few herbs and bulbs in there to brighten it and cheer me up while I’m waiting for my seeds to sprout. I pot on the bulbs and keep them indoors over winter so they’re ready to flower in a week or so.
I left the water cress in the greenhouse over winter and forgot about it, so I was really surprised to find it still alive….marvelous, won’t have to buy any more watercress seeds this year.
I bought new bird feeders today too, the weather is so dismal the birds are really suffering. This feeder is for the smaller garden birds, they tend to get bullied off the other feeders by our doves and wood pigeons who are about the size of small turkeys!!!
I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before the dogs have that down!!!
I always get withdrawal symptoms over the winter, so to cheer myself up I buy seeds….lots and lots of seeds!
My favourite flowers are wildflowers and cottage garden flowers. I simply love everything about them, they’re great for the pollinating insects, they have a real oldy worldy charm and have the most delicious names. I’m going to create a new wild flower border this year and have chosen hollyhocks, marshmallows, also known as mallards, great mullein, also known as aaron’s red, lady’s bedstraw, also known as robin-run-the-hedge, maiden’s hair and strawbed, and musk mallow, also known as Billy button, and pancake plan, delphinium, and penstemon. Now aren’t they FANTASTIC names….especially Billy button!!! That should be one colourful border! And…wildflowers need hardly any care and most of these are hardy perennials.
I think I may have bought too many seeds though…..oops!
So…on to sowing a few seeds…..I absolutely love this time of the year when I can get a few plants going. Here I’ve sown some speedy cress, which apparently grows in a week….wow! I’m not sure I believe that though.
As well as the cress, I’ve put some salad leaves that I’ve grown on a window sill in the greenhouse, I’ll pot them on next week. And I’ve sown African marigolds,morning glory, stock,cosmos and chilli peppers. Yay! Now I have something to look forward to every day ….wee seeds a sprouting. Fantastic!