Our Little Heath shrub has started to grow bright red leaves and shoots.
Last week our waterbutt arrived. Our garden isn’t overly big so we ordered a slim one to avoid it taking up a big chunk of the patio. It was pretty barganious (£18.99 inc delivery) and made in Britain. Now we can start recycling water from the house again ready for the Summer (saves you a fortune).
The apple tree blossoms have started to open, they smell really sweet and perfumed.
We bought some wrought iron troughs for the wall outside our house. I’ve sown Oxeye Daisy and Cornflower seeds in them and since this photo was taken I’ve planted some trailing geraniums to fill the gaps until the seeds start growing.
The viola flowers keep coming. This was another purchase from Waitrose and I love the bright yellow centre with the fading cream and purple petals.
The basil seedlings have got their first set of true leaves and are growing quickly. They may be small but the basil smell is really strong.
And the lavender seeds I saved from last year are making progress too. Like the basil, they have a strong smell already. Not sure how well these will grow because I don’t know whether I collected seeds from a hybrid plant or not. I’m winging it.
I never liked parsley until I grew it at home. It’s less tough and has a nicer flavour. I planted a few seeds but germination can be hit and miss so I wasn’t sure if they’d do anything at all.
But they did and a few days later I remembered reading this,
“It is said that the seed goes to the devil and back seven times before germinating and that it will only flourish if planted by an honest man. It is thought to be very unlucky to transplant parsley”.
A Cottage Herbal, Elizabeth Cullum.
I feel lucky to have some parsley seedlings!
This is Golden Oregano. It tastes the same as the traditional variety but has a bright greeny yellow colour. It smells amazing and the leaves are so soft I want to roll around in them!
I ordered a Guernsey Cream clematis to train up the fence next to the waterbutt. I’ve never had a clematis before so have no idea what I’m doing with it. Does anyone have any tips?
And lastly, I found these flowers growing over the road from my house. I think they’re cyclamen. After seeing them I bought a pack of cyclamen seeds to sow in pots in the back garden.
In other news, the birds have gone berserk lately – having spats with eachother, knocking small pots off the wall near the feeder (mainly the wood pigeons), flattening spinach seedlings and one little bird chirped repeatedly for a whole day. Their naughtiness is amusing…unless you’re a spinach seedling.