Come the weekend we should see the worst of the weather of cold, windy and low temperatures during the day and the night to rise to above 10 C degrees during the day and night temperatures between 5-7 C degrees, also many more rain showers are forecast for next week.
The rain showers have been so very welcome for the garden but I can say we long for some warmer days, we certainly shall not miss the cold northerly winds, even the garden feels shrunken waiting for some warmth! This Spring has been late in coming, the Daffodils, the Narcissi, the Tulips and a few Rhododendrons are still giving their show of many colours and scent!
We took the courage to cut our Hypericum hedge, which took a battering this past winter and looked pretty dead, right back down to 5-10 cm where there are a few signs of new fresh growth of buds. The same with the Escallonias, although no sign of green shoots yet.
Other shrubs like the Abutilons, the Senecio and Bay trees look very dead indeed. More hope with the Buddleia globosa, it too has been badly hit by the cold winds earlier this year. Fortunately there are lots of new shoots at the base of the shrub and further up on some branches new growth is appearing so we will follow the dead branches from the tip back down to the new growth and cut the dead end off. This process will have to be done with our other affected shrubs which show die-back due to the harsh winter.
In the perennial borders we have to wait for the milder days to roll in, in order to cut the Penstemons, Cistus as well as the Hydrangeas and Fuchsias back to new shoots. The one thing I have been able to get on with is weeding, especially the Bittercress. There are still some plant supports to put up for the perennial Sweet Peas.
Roll on the warmer days so we can sow our root crops then follow with the planting of the young Leeks, sown earlier last month, as well as the Sweet Peas and Nasturtiums. What I never got round to do is to wash the inside of the Greenhouse and Polytunnel with soapy water, when in about 2-3 weeks time our Sweetcorn, Courgettes, Tomatoes and Butternut Squash should be big enough to be planted in the tunnel. Also the Brassicas should be ready to plant out in the vegetable bed at that time too.
Every year our garden gives us a challenge and we learn all the time but despite the miserable days we have had, the birds have been constant and reassuring with their chirping day in and day out, coming to the feed stations for their energy boost.
If everybody can see the beauty of nature, if it is a leaf, a petal, a feather or a creepy crawly and appreciates the involvement they have in our lives we get to know the reason of our being. This is why we love gardening, being with nature’s trials and tribulations. We are extremely conscious that we need to do our utmost to help and work with our environment which starts right outside our back door!
Happy Gardening everybody!