Sunday, 25 April 2010

Spring in full force, where do I start?

I sometimes think I should change the name of this blog to the Lazy Gardener, (watch this space actually....) My gardening efforts have been regularly rescued from disaster by my husband, a well timed shower of rain (thank you British climate, I could never survive anywhere else!), the sheer persverance of nature and sometimes just pure luck.

It is now on the brink of May and I have so far done absolutely NOTHING towards this season's crops. And although there is part of me that feels terribly guilty, there is also a part of me that knows that in the UK, this doesn't really matter. Not terribly much growth happens earlier than now, except indoors, and there are always plenty of crops you can get in.

So, my saving graces this year have been:

My amazing darling husband who has been keeping the plot mowed and 'sort of' weeded. He loves his perennials like asparagus, strawberries and rhubarb, so at this time of year he is there more often than me. I do look after the kids meanwhile, so perhaps I am doing my bit?

The fact that someone tipped me off about the tradition of sowing potatoes on Good Friday. Inspired by this folk tradition we sowed them Good Friday morning before the heavy thunderstorms of the afternoon.

Also, hubby has been planting his crops of the year, cherry tomatoes (he'e gone for Gardener's Delight) and butternut squash, as well as some rocket.

As for now, I am frantically sowing sweet peas and beans. I am also setting up a herb and salad box outside my back door, now we have a space with some light at the house. I am planting lots of flower seeds accumlated over the last year. Hoping for a good year of flowers for the house. And I have bought some fabulous perennials for the garden. All very exciting.

The lemon tree at the top of the post is now in our conservatory. After many, many, many years we have got a conservatory which means we can grow citrus plants and indoor bananas. There really is no way to express how exciting this is for us. Twelve years ago, Jamie and I lived in a small flat with a huge south facing window from ceiling to floor. The whole of our very small living space was filled with tropical and indoor plants of many types. For the last ten years we have watched our once impressive indoor plant collection dwindle. We still have one hardy yucca and a Musa Cavendish banana from this era, being kept alive in a greenhouse at Jamie's work. After a very long wait, they can finally come home!

And now as I sit down for my evening scan of everyone's blogs, I fully expect to get lots of inspiration for this year. It's time to put the knitting down and get outside!!!!


  1. Hope you found some inspiration, not that you need any, you sound to be doing just fine and as you say, you haven't missed the boat yet, it's only April. I have to admit, the only house plants I have are two Orchids and an Azalea. Your conservatory will give you somewhere to grow all the plants you so obviously love now. I also grow my salad crops and herbs in containers in the garden. I find that they're much cleaner grown this way, and it's also more convenient to just pop outside when you need some.

  2. I did find lots of inspiration and tonight I finally made it to the plot after work. It was heaven, the children were thrilled as well.

    Like the sound of the salad in containers...

  3. Looking forward to seeing the progress on the citrus plants and indoor bananas, very exciting! Also on seeing how the pots outside your back door do. I'm tipping my toes into gardening this year but only have three sunny windowsills on which to experiment so everything I'm growing has to fit in small pots and windowboxes...

  4. Wow that lemon tree is great, good luck!

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