Winter Colours

Dogwood, or Cornus if you’re feeling posh, can really light up the winter months. Plant it alongside a path and you’ve got yourself a winning wall of colour. A few days ago I purchased myself two varieties, Cornus alba ‘Sibirica’ and Cornus ‘Midwinter Fire’, three of each. And with a day in the garden, I got to work planting them. dog

We have a long terrace garden, and when we designed it a few years back, we created a winding path through the section nearest the house. We felt a long straight path would make our narrow garden feel even narrower, and we wanted something to entice the visitor, and the addition of a few dogwoods spread alongside will only improve it come next winter. But I’m not done yet, oh no sir! In the words of that Irish comic wonder Jimmy Cricket, ‘There’s more!’

At the rear of the garden, we have a sunken ‘secret garden’, and last year everything I planted here was either cream or white. This year I’m introducing more colours and have incorporated some dogwood beside the lawn.

I’ve also been growing Rudbeckia Goldblum from seed, and this weekend saw these little beauties potted up and taken to the polytunnel on the allotment. Here, they can stay warm and develop a good root system before being potted up once again and then planted out into their final position.IMG_20160212_133327

Up at the allotment, it seemed the wood chip fairies had visited again, dumping a load of their finest shavings. So I quickly set about chipping more of my allotment paths. Despite very little veg-growing happening in the plots, the soft spring colours from daffodils, crocuses and primroses still make it a cheerful place to be. IMG_20160214_142211

If I do say so myself, the fresh air has got me all giddy and lightheaded, the activities of the day has got my blood pumping.. Or is it St Valentine working his magic? Hmm.. enough gardening for one day, home to Agent Soph methinks for a cosy night in at HQ. AdeSignature

Poised to Spring

With two new vegetables plots being dug and a further bed in the wings dedicated to wildflowers and all things petalled, it’s been a productive weekend up on the plot.

At home, I can feel the garden turn and stir from her long winter’s nap as she announces spring is nearly upon us with a floral celebration of crocuses and snowdrops dotted across her frosty blanket.  With these hints of colour emerging across the landscape, I know things in the next few weeks will start to gather pace as I make good on her with promises of summer blooms. snowdrop

In the house, windowsill space is at a premium as I’ve crammed them with seed trays and pots growing everything from leeks to peppers to Rudbeckia, and they’re all fighting for heat and light.  The more I sow and bring inside, the more I see Soph looking concerned as her clean home is overrun by pots and trays!  Realising this is going to be a (literally) growing problem in the years to come, this week I dug deep into my moth-filled pockets, tapped in the wallet security code and withdrew a little hard-earned cash and purchased a polytunnel.  More to follow once it arrives but I’m hoping big things from this plastic haven. crocus

Soph’s popped out so now’s my chance to sneak a few more seed trays into the house.. SShh!  Our secret. AdeSignature