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Well, since I last wrote, spring is well and truly underway with the spring equinox on the 20th which means that the days are now longer than the nights..
So much has happened in the last couple of months and I’m keeping busy in the greenhouse and the garden. Today I have been wrestling with a couple of garden shrubs which had grown up around each other. I hadn’t quite realised how thick and woody the snowberry had become and it had completely encircled the golden euonymous with some bindweed and bramble added in for good measure. It was like unravelling a ball of wool but with the joy of using a pruning saw, secateurs and garden fork. I was going to get rid of the euonymous as it isn’t my favourite shrub but it is very useful for adding some bright foliage to winter arrangements so I thinned it out and have kept it.
Meanwhile in the Rhino …..
Seeds that were sown in the autumn are now healthy plants that are still in pots but are being hardened off in the cold frames ready for planting out when the weather finally warms up. Cold weather is forecast next week and the pots are plenty big enough for them to continue happily growing. I know I said that I would be sowing my summer seeds in mid February but the weather was so wet I didn’t want to risk seedlings rotting. So I waited. I’m a bit of a fair weather gardener to be honest and finally started sowing seeds last week. Already the tomatoes, cosmos, marigolds and malope have sprouted so it was definitely worth waiting.
Whilst all of this is going on the house is full of pots of grape hyacinths, miniature narcissus, daffodils, and amaryllis. These were all planted in November in pots. I have a beautiful narcissus called ‘cheerfulness’ growing in the garden and it is almost ready for cutting. I will cut this along with some anenomes from the greenhouse. Tulips which were planted in late December will be next to flower and I am really looking forward to those.
During such unprecedented times any time spent in your garden is valuable for your mind and body. Getting your hands in the soil and sowing some seeds is a positive action and one of hope. I hope this finds you well and that you stay well. If you can, find a vase and fill it with some fresh foliage and flowers from the garden. Take a photo, load it onto Instagram and tag me in (@ladidardyflowers & @rhinogreenhouses). I would love to see what you put together.
And don’t forget that the clocks go forward this weekend.
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