Finally, some good weather! It may only be a brief respite and I am not counting any chickens, but I had a really productive few days in the garden this week. It was positively warm in the sunshine and no wind chill to spoil things, so I started clearing, weeding, cutting back, propping up and making plans. Iris reticulata ‘Katharine Hodgkin’ as reliable as ever and multiplying well in the leafy border under the Silver Birches.
February is my ‘weed, feed, mulch’ month and I took delivery of 1500 litres of composted fine bark/mushroom compost from my local nursery. That should keep me busy for a few days!
Although I compost as much as I can, I never produce enough of my own mulch to do the whole garden which is why I always have to buy some in. However, the good stuff I make is going on the roses this weekend after a dressing of Toprose.
Talking of roses, only a few short weeks after pruning, new buds are shooting away promising a wonderful display in June.
The Hemerocallis cultivars are totally unfazed by cold, wind and rain; in fact they seem to revel in all weather conditions. They are one of the most bombproof plants in any garden, almost thriving on neglect. Just a handful of granular fertiliser about now, a good mulch with compost and that’s it for the year.
It looks like I am going to lose the top growth on my dark leaved Pittosporum tenuifolium after it was hit by the severe December snow and bitterly cold temperatures. It is a coastal plant in its native New Zealand and is slightly tender in the UK. However, I will cut it back and I am confident it will regrow from the lower branches.
Had to finish with a double flowered snowdrop, Galanthus nivalis ‘Flore Pleno’ which I have popping up all over the garden. Always brings a smile to my face and cheers me up!
Have a great weekend
I’ve enjoyed some sunny afternoons in the garden too, it felt good to be outside doing stuff.
What a beauty is ‘Kathrine Hodgkin’, it goes on my wanted list every year about now, only to be forgotten come bulb ordering time.
There’s nothing quite like a big pile of compost and a sunny day! Enjoy!!
Lovely snowdrop Dave. I’ve done a few similar photos on my blog this week as I found they did vary quite a bit. The iris is delightful and I can’t quite believe that you can get it to spread like that. I’ll have to give some a try next year.