Monday’s meander around the garden

Today’s meander round the garden was more a quick dash in between the snow and sleet showers. As I’ve probably mentioned before, I’m a fair weather gardener, so luckily I managed to get a couple of hours in over the weekend.

CowslipsTwo little perennials are braving the weather to flower, a pretty clump of cowslips has been flowering all week up near the back gate, and a tiny blue anemone next to the pond has appeared, you do have to be looking closely to see that one though!

Anemone

I’ve started pruning the roses, I’ve got quite a few, a hedge of Rosa Rugosa, a couple of climbing roses and several English Rose bushes from David Austins. Pruning roses always sounds so complicated, when to do it, how to do it, I’ve never felt particularly confident at how I tackle it, I took much reassurance from research done at Harlow Carr (the local RHS garden) when the roses pruned with a chain saw did just as well as those pruned more traditionally! As a rule of thumb, I usually start pruning as soon as the shoots start to appear, I cut out any dead wood then prune the branches by about 2/3rds. I try and prune above an outwood facing shoot where possible.

ObeliskI moved three roses yesterday, they haven’t been in very long (a couple of years) so I decided to risk moving them. I’d bought them to train up the obelisk I made last year, they are English Roses that David Austin reckons are suitable for training over an arch or obelisk. I didn’t have any success as I found the branches too stiff to bend round the structure, so I’ve moved them and grouped them together to make one big rose bush. I now have to remember which beds had roses in so I don’t plant a rambler in the same spot. Somehow roses leave something in the soil when you dig them up which will kill any future rose planted in that area. My plan now with the obelisk is to have one rambler rose and several clematis.

OsmanthusShoots from various bulbs are appearing all over the garden and the perennials are starting to make new growth, it’s all quite small still though so I’m still appreciating the evergreen shrubs, the stalwarts of the winter garden, giving a bit of colour. I’ve got quite a good selection of evergreens now, choisya, osmanthus, eunonymous, box…

AquilegiaWe’ve had quite a few visitors to the bird table this week, a handsome bullfinch and his missus, I think they’re beautiful birds with their salmon pink fronts and black caps. We’ve also had a pair of greenfinches, great tits, robins and blackbirds.

There’s lots to do in the garden at the moment so I could do with the weather improving a bit, or I’ve got to toughen up!!

Lower garden

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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2 Responses to Monday’s meander around the garden

  1. lovelucie1 says:

    I love your garden meanderings. I too am a fair weather gardener. I’m hoping that the promised milder weather will strike this next weekend as I should really get out there.

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  2. Stephie says:

    Wow, what a beautiful garden! You put me to shame – I take one quick look at my postage stamp, think meh you look a right mess and walk on by!!! Hmm, pruning roses already? Maybe I really should get out there – thanks for the inspiration!

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