We’ve made big progress in the garden this week! Last Thursday, four 2.4m softwood sleepers arrived. If you’ve been following my garden posts you’ll know I have been desperate to start building our raised beds. After finally finding the right sleepers and a company who would deliver to our village, we were all set. For me, these arriving was on the same excitement level as shopping for our Christmas tree!!
After 6 hours, one round of cheese on toast and one packet of Cadburys Fabulous Fingers we had 2 raised beds in the back garden. I’m going to do a separate blog post about making these at some point because they were alot of work.
Now all we need to do is buy more compost and top soil and we are ready to go. Squeeee!
We ended the day by using our Kadai for the first time – partly for some warmth.
I bought some pink cyclamen for our shady patio area and I’m going to keep an eye out for some red ones too.
The hydrangea thinks Spring has arrived because its buds are starting to open. There are quite a few on the stems so we should have lots of flowers next year. I’ve left the dead flower heads on for now to protect the buds if we get a hard frost.
The garlic plants are growing like triffids! If they carry on at this rate they’ll all be 6ft tall by the time Summer arrives. I planted the cloves 3 months ago and it took approx 4 weeks for shoots to start peeping out of the ground but some of the plants already have shoots 8 inches tall. I’m hoping this is a good sign.
The daffodil bulbs seem a bit late compared to everyone elses but they are starting to emerge. I’m looking forward to seeing these come up and provide some colour. On a side note, the soil is looking horrendous at the moment because of all the stones. I removed lots when we moved in but months of continuous rain has washed every last grain of soil downwards leaving a carpet of stones on top.
I’m still finding broken pottery in the garden every time I do some digging. I found this nice piece at the weekend.
And lastly, I’ve seen the house sparrows out alot lately. The young one below is very vocal and I’m seeing more of him now because I recognise his call. He usually stands on the guttering and chirps continuously. He’s also a bit of a poser and doesn’t mind me opening the window and taking photos of him.
It won’t be long before we can get the pop-up greenhouse out and start sowing seeds!