Weeds have started popping up all over the garden which is natures way of saying ‘let’s go’. So this week I finally got organised and have sown the first seeds of the year. I was like a terrier out of a starting box!
I had a fair amount left over from last year and a fresh batch of seeds for the vegetable garden arrived a couple of weeks ago. The ‘flower seeds’ packets on the left are all saved seeds from the garden – the packet is a free template from Sabrina of Wolves in London.
This little patch of sun is a big deal for us. When it appears in the back garden we know Spring is just around the corner. The back is North facing and gets no direct sunlight in the Winter. In the Summer the sun is high enough to creep over the building tops and give us 6-8 hours per day.
Outdoors we have broad beans (fingers crossed the mice don’t find them), sweet peas, and nasturtiums. Indoors we have marigolds and sage – they live in the bath at the moment.
This is the first batch of seeds all potted up.
The crocus are looking really nice! The ones in the front keep getting munched by slugs; they love eating the petals so I haven’t seen many actual flowers yet.
Dutch iris are something I wanted to grow last year but discovered too late. I’ve planted more than I need so I can cut a few to put in the house. These are Spring bulbs and should flower June-July. I’m looking forward to having garden grown flowers in the house again.
About half of the daffodils have petals poking through so they should flower any day now.
The back garden was in a bit of a mess. Lots of dead plants flopped over the sides of pots, bird seed husks blowing around, empty pots and pot feet scattered about. It looked much better after a tidy up and my last to-dos are a sweep up and to move the compost from the middle of the patio into the corner.
I spotted a tiny pink flower on the pulmonaria. This will be one of the earliest plants to flower providing the slugs don’t go to town on it. They’ve already eaten a lot of the leaves. I really need to figure out where they are hiding and pick them off.
This post feels a bit scatty but I think it’s reflective of this time of year. We are stuck between two seasons. Winter hasn’t finished yet and Spring is not quite here so I find myself doing any small job in order to feel like I’m getting started. Collecting pots together, tidying up because it’s not quite warm enough to plant seeds and picking out early weeds in an attempt to feel like I’m ‘gardening’ again. Until then I’ll have to be content doing odd jobs.
P.S. If you are thinking about growing kale for the first time, you might be interested in my kale fails post.