It’s still stormy season on the British Isles and storm Gertrude has just passed whilst storm Henry is waiting in the wings and will land on us on Monday. Here in the relatively quiet corner of the South-East we are not so affected by bad weather in general and storms in particular and although it is windy every time we have a new storm, nothing has been damaged in my garden and I have had no flooding issues to worry about. But parts of my garden seem to have rather bad drainage and are now so soggy after all the rain that I try not to walk in those beds for now. Other parts of my garden, especially under the two tall ceanothus’ trees are still bone dry and will need to be watered as soon as I get some plants in the ground. When that will be is an open question....work has been slow the last month. It has been cold and wet and the number of days possible to work outside rather few and far between. Hopefully February will bring more good days – I don’t mind it being cold, that’s just a question of putting on the right type of clothes – it’s the rain I can’t cope with, getting wet makes me too cold. When it rains I am stuck inside watching my garden through my windows, just aching to get outside again.
The hellebores are basking in the sunshine and have been flowering for weeks now.
I had another count of pots here the other day, just wanted to know the final count after getting rid of all my fuchsias and planting up all the strawberry plants in December, and losing plants to vine weevils over the summer and autumn – mind you, I am STILL finding pots with vine weevil grubs, those nematodes are not exactly a wonder cure – well, since moving house and arriving with almost 700 pots there has been a lot of loss but some gain too. Counting all the pots and planters, from the largest with my magnolia tree to the smallest seedling pots I have now got 572 pots. And I have planted lots already of the original amount I took with me, lots of plants and lots and lots of pots with spring bulbs. I definitely need to speed up planting, I am NOT watering 572 pots another summer. But the plants still left to go in the ground are mostly doing well, I will do another run of vine weevil nematodes in March when the soil is warm enough, and this time I think I will do it twice with 3 weeks apart, never done that before, but that will get rid of any unhatched eggs that didn’t die the first time. Might be well spent money, nematodes are expensive, but I can’t keep losing plants like this ever again.
As this is my End of Month View there is a movie from my garden today too, I filmed it Saturday the 30th January, in glorious sunshine and I could just smell spring all around me. Today, Sunday as I am writing this, it is exactly 4 weeks and 2 days until we officially have spring according to the meteorological calendar, and that date is what fits best for London where I live. The movie is showing the emerging growth and buds in my garden and the plants in flower right now, note for example the lilies emerging 3 months too early, and all the herbaceous daylilies well on their way up. - absolutely best viewed in HD and full screen.
I hope you enjoyed the beautiful music, it was Salve Regina by Hermann of Reichenau, sung by a choir called Lyric Singers. I am linking today’s post to Helen at The Patient Gardener’s Weblog.
Until next time, take care.