Sometimes when there is so much going on, you have to pause..
take a step back from it all..
and spend some time with the people that matter the most..
Then when you come back..
Look around.. Take stock.. Then carry on!
We bought some seeds when we visited the Gardens Illustrated Festival, intending to sow them mid May in order to have a late show of flowers. That never happened of course! Even when the seed box was staring us in the face every day..
At last our moment arrived on 28th May.. Better late than never hey!
So… The week before, in preparation, the space that was to be sown was cleared of all remaining weeds and raked to remove any large stones.
On the day we started by dividing up the seeds, with enough in each pot to cover each area.
Next was the fun part of scattering them!
This is a whole new ball game for us and will be a bit of trial and error! We are very optimistic people thankfully..
After all the seeds were sown, Tom got to use his ancient roller to firm them into the ground
If you’re wondering what our Jack Russell, Digger is doing, he has a bit of an issue with wheels and things that rotate and tries to attack them! Strange dog.. I think he’d loose here..
And finally, watering.. We will need to keep the soil wet for the next fortnight so that the seeds have a good chance of germinating.
And it doesn’t stop there! The crop of green manure on the south border inside the walled garden has been cut back and needed Rotovating back into the ground. As this area is so vast and would take us both a few days to dig over, Tom hired a rotivator (boys and their toys!) The whole task turned out to be more labour intensive then he expected!
I feel tired just looking at this picture!
While he was sweating away, I was at the opposite end of the garden potting up some dahlias I’d bought from my friend Gabrielle. I’ve always fancied growing some of these interesting late flowering beauties for cutting, but somehow I’ve shied away from it through fear of getting it all wrong. Luckily with having a garden group I have made some amazing new friends that can help me overcome some of my fears by encouraging me to try new things, offering me their knowledge and advice. These dahlias we’re lovingly chosen and bought by Gabrielle but they all came in packs of 3 and she only has room in her cutting garden for one of each.. Cue me! I have space and a fresh mind to give them a try.. Isn’t it funny how things happen when you least expect it!
I have made a note of all 11 peonies and looked them up to see their form and colours too. Each and every one made my smile grow wider and wider. I got a little excited and jotted down their name, colour and height, then placed them into groups for when I decide to plant them into the ground, this will be around mid July when they are well rooted and there is a substantial amount of foliage showing.
I shall keep you posted on their progress along with the newly seeded area too.
We have just finished watching BBC Gardeners World, celebrating 50 years of gardening, held at the Birmingham NEC. This was the first garden show Tom and I visited together, the beginnings of our love of gardening and one another..
It was wonderful watching tonight’s programme, and seeing the influencing gardeners that have graced our screens over the past 50 years. It was fascinating hearing the stories of how they managed to succeed one another and keeping the momentum going in their own individual ways. I remember when I had my first garden, and a client of mine gave me a video of Geoff Hamilton’s Cottage Garden. I watched this video over and over, devouring all of his ideas, and planting tips. He was a big influence on me early on, and to this day I can recall most of the plants that I purchased from the nearest green groser. I can picture myself running out in my lunch breaks, just to check out what took my fancy for my new garden space.
Tonight on the show, Mary Berry announced the winner of what plant has had the biggest impact on our gardens over the past 50 years, out of 10 nominations by a collection of figure heads within the Gardeners World team, Dahlia, Aquilegia, Echinacea, Stipa Gigantia, Chilling, Jasmine, Acer, Rose and Geranium Rozanne, were voted by the public, which was their favourite.
Of course it was the Rose, this put a giant smile on our faces. Interestingly this would have been our choice too!
..SO on that note we decided to take a romantic stroll to celebrate and enjoy our roses…
before we could do this we had to deadhead a few first!!! Ahhh.. life and love in the garden.. A balance we have to maintain.
Have a wonderful weekend x