Saturday, May 26, 2018

15 Apr


I am very excited, as I have had my first deliveries from Gardening Direct this week. As usual, beautifully and sturdily packaged boxes have arrived with firstly crocosmia bulbs. I love these flowers, which remind me of holidays in the west of Ireland, where they grow wild in the hedgerows alongside fuschias. I plan to get out and plant these this afternoon.
Today a delivery arrived of my first salad plants. It is such a handy way to get started and the plugs have saved me all the time consuming pricking out. Having the polytunnel, I will be able to plant the lettuce, Green Salad Bowl, and Rocket Salad straight out and all being well, I will be eating fresh salad within a matter of weeks.
I planted out lots of bulbs in the Autumn and am being rewarded now with a display of narcissi. The tulips too are looking promising and the bulbs I planted in the tunnel are about to flower, very satisfying. The wallflowers, I fear, however have not survived the prolonged covering of snow.
We have had a few glorious days of sunshine, gardening in a t shirt became once again a possibility and pleasure. The Winter has been a long one and although we all would have wished for one a little less harsh, it does heighten the pleasure of feeling at last the sun on your face and back – long may it last!


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