I thought I would become a more faithful blogger during our lockdown. I thought I would be in the garden more with the BV. (Who managed to get back at 11.30am on 17 March after catching a 4am ferry home – just in time!) Now I find I am simply worrying too much …
Today’s a fresh start … but unfortunately I was so determined to be ‘more cool’ that I rushed out into the garden and just snapped pictures. The exposure is all wrong. (Checked the camera – it was set to ‘manual’ – the photographer only functions on ‘automatic’.)
So here’s my six:
1.Narcissus ‘Jenny’. This is the one where the over-exposure really shows. But such a pretty little daffodil, so I couldn’t resist giving it a thumbs up. I’ve loved it for years – perhaps part of its secret is that it has the same name as my favourite dog when I was a teenager?
2.Muscari latifolium. I bought 10 bulbs of this last year as a special offer in Brico Marché – in February for 1€ only. Potted up, doing me proud for the second time. You can see that I’ve managed to get on and do some pricking out as well.
3.We got the grass cut on two terraces yesterday! Hurrah – and I had time to think again about Euphorbia ‘Black Pearl’ (planted a month ago and watered and mulched with the grass clippings yesterday).
To me it looks like Euphorbia characias subsp characias (which has a dark eye, just like ‘Black Pearl’). There’s a lot of E. characias subsp wulfenii here.
Which seeds very nicely, unlike the dark-eyed plant. What I don’t understand is why the type plant (with the dark eye) would be more difficult to settle into my garden (it has even died off in the past? Perhaps in its natural habitat it likes different things? I must do a little research. Any thoughts?
4.My new raised beds are working just fine. Only my brussel sprouts haven’t germinated yet. Must oversow.
I had to bring my spinach, chard & lupin seedlings out of the greenhouse yesterday because it was clearly much too hot in there.
I’m covering the beds with fleece almost continually to keep the hot sun off them – and to stop them drying out too much.
5.We didn’t ever get to the dump. As I said, the BV only arrived back on 17 March when we couldn’t exit any more. All of this heavy rubble is now sitting waiting by the garden gate to be carried up the little grass track to the main road. I want rid of it and was prepared to put it out in the lane where it would look ugly for others. Fortunately the BV has volunteered to hike it all back up to the house where it will wait in the garage (for how long?). If you’ve never seen my other posts, that’s radical – this level is halfway up our 95 steps.
6.Epimedium foliage. I became rather obsessed with how beautiful the red of the foliage was in my woodland corner back in February. So I forgot to cut it off. And now I’m remembering why I always do this very early.
That’s it – keep safe everyone. We are lucky that we have gardens to go into. A friend of mine has a very grown up little 4-year-old boy who, second week into lockdown, has begun having tantrums because he can’t play with his friends. Some people are having it really hard. Note to self: remember you are not 4 years old, Cathy!
Go on and look at the other posts on the Propagator’s blog – today it has really made me appreciate how lucky we gardeners are!