On a day like today it's hard to imagine my garden bursting into a riot of colour and fancy. On a typical day I will look up from the washing machine, and out of my utility room window onto the garden, at least a dozen times. I half expect to see a miraculous change out there. Some flower waving hello to me from the borders. A little Snow Drop or Crocus. A Daffodil or two would be nice. I am impatient to see it all start up again.
My garden is no retreat or haven at this time of the year. Yes I have managed to spend the odd hour out there, and I am pleased with what I have achieved. But I fear I may be a fair weather gardener; expecting so much from it, and begrudging giving anything in return. It's so easy to waft around during the Spring and Summer months congratulating myself on my hard work and efforts, and reaping the rewards of cut flowers, fruit and vegetables from this little patch. At this time of the year all the garden is used for is to run the gauntlet in order to open the hen house, feed and water the girls, and dash back into the warmth again. Poor unloved garden.
The ground is saturated from all the rain we have been experiencing here in West Cornwall. The colours outside are grey, the light being so poor at the moment. My garden has a northern aspect, so sun doesn't reach us at this time of year. It's hibernation weather, and we bunk down inside watching the rain pelt against the windows. So what to do when I feel so utterly detached from the garden?
Why write a list of course.
1. Choose your veg and flower seed from Sarah Raven and Chiltern Seeds. Order them (check).
2. Take down some favourite gardening books for inspiration and a reminder of what lies ahead (check).
3. Go out into the greenhouse. Tidy. Root out any little pests with shells and ask them to leave (check).
4. Make a note of dwindling supplies - Tomotorite, Baby Bio, slug pellets, twine etc (check).
5. Buy multi purpose and seedling compost for beds, borders and pots (check).
So for any fellow fair weather gardeners out there, take a little wander outside into your garden and have a look see. You'll be amazed at what's going on, and maybe like me it will spur you onto an easy bit of early Spring gardening. This involves pots and Anemone and Ranunculus corns. Basically it's never too late to plant up some pots. It takes literally no time or effort, and providing you give them some shelter and keep half an eye on them, you should have a lovely late Spring display to place wherever takes your fancy.
I know people who have planted Daffodil bulbs as late as February and seen them flower later in the year. So go for it. Go on. Take the children to the garden centre and let them choose a couple of packs of brightly coloured Tulip bulbs. Get them to plant them while you supervise with a cup of tea and a biscuit.
These are perennial plants that should flower year upon year. They are hardy and make super cut flowers too. You can plant them in pots for summer flowering this year. A beautiful pairing of form and colour. But why not plant some of your own anyway. You can never have too many flowers.
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