(Well most of them!) The garden continues to come to life with many of our broadleaved trees now in leaf, or in the process of bud-break. The beeches on the drive take a little longer, but all around there has been a real sense of the arrival of summer this week. Sadly that also includes showery interludes, which is why I’m inside writing this, and not outside cutting the grass! Hopefully, the rain will go off soon…
The Good Lady has been continuing to attack the south-facing border this past week, allowing me to get on with pricking out the bedding plants in the greenhouse. The ‘Bishops Children’ and ‘Dwarf Mixed’ Dahlias have all been moved into 3 inch pots now and we’ve also been pricking out the Mesembryanthemums (‘Livingstone Daisies) into modules of 9. The greenhouse is looking quite busy now with additional temporary shelving set up, which we’ll remove again around the middle of June when the bedding goes out, making space for the tomato plants! Delighted to say that we’ve had reasonable germination from the Echium ‘Pride of Madeira’ which I’ve potted into modules for the time being.
As this is frost-tender, my plan it to move them on into bigger pots for the rest of the year, greenhouse them over the winter and plant them out next Spring – they are biennials and won’t flower until next summer. That should work as long as we don’t get too cold a winter…
Good to see that the fruit trees round the wall are continuing to come into bloom – there is a very small apple on the north wall which I’m particularly fond of as it produces huge light pink flowers from much darker buds.
Last week, I was also a bit concerned that the plums had suffered quite a lot of winter die-back, but they are looking far better this week with some really good snow-white blossom.
I’m keeping my fingers crossed for no late frosts as a frost at this time means no plums later on – which is what happened last year.
And the herbaceous just keeps on growing, talking of which I’ve been planting some of the young Eupatorium (Joe- Pye Weed) and Pennisetum ‘Tall Feathers’ in the new west-facing border; they’ve both been showing really good growth since we potted them on in the spring and will cope well in the borders on their own. I’ll be planting out more of last year’s seed-sown perennials in the next few weeks.
Now, is that the rain off?