After all the bad weather they’ve had here whilst we’ve been sunning ourselves yesterday it was a lovely early spring day. The sun shone all day so even though it was only about 5′ it felt a lot warmer. My OH and I spent several hours in the garden clearing the old chicken run.
Our chickens went to pastures new in the autumn and the area needed clearing of rubbish, the old rotten compost heaps needed removing and the gorgeous compost moved elsewhere. I dug up lots of bindweed roots, which is always satisfying, though I know there’s some I couldn’t get at so it will have to be weed-killered when it starts to sprout!
We’re getting some new compost heaps and then I’ll be planting up a deep border with shrubs and climbers. My original plan was to grow clematis up the old fence posts, my OH felt that once we started taking the gate off they would all come down…after battling with said gate with claw hammer, jemmy, sledge hammer for far too long the gate and post eventually came out and he decided my idea of growing clematis up the other six posts was a good one!!
Plants are just starting to emerge in the garden, these bulbs are some I forgot to plant for a year, so I’m amazed they’ve come up!
We’ve lots of daffodils in flower, adding a splash of colour. I particularly like these miniature ones, they’re only about 6″ tall, they’re very dainty but they seem to stand up to inclement weather better than the taller ones.
Underneath a rhododendron the pulmonaria are just coming into flower, they’re a very pretty pinky blue. Their traditional name is lungwort as they were thought to treat lung problems, mainly because it was thought their leaves looked vaguely lung-like!
I’ve two or three osmanthus in the garden, their leaves are like holly but they have a much more bushy habit, I find them very good for flower arranging at Christmas! They are a useful small shrub in the garden, neat and tidy, no major care, good evergreen interest. This is the golden variegated one, I’ve another that’s edged with cream and a plain green one in the front garden!..if you have heavy clay soil like mine and you find a plant that likes it, you buy it in all colours 🙂
I’m hoping this week to finish tidying the pond area, before the snow arrives again just in time for Easter!!
I don’t envy you your heavy clay soil – it’s what we had when we lived in Sussex. We have swapped it for terraces and lots of rock now though so no easier really. Having said that, I do very little gardening myself I’m just an occasional interested observer 😉
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I’ve been trying to improve it for the last 20 years, it is much better than it was but it’s still hard work!!
Lovely garden and I knwo what you mean about bindweed roots, so satisfying to pull up. I am quite fond of couch grass roots too. Lovely to see the signs of warmer days to come.
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Iagree, couch grass roots are good too, and nettle…just hate mares tail!!!
What a nice day to get some of that clean up finished! Will you get more hens this spring? Love those daffodils!
Isn’t such a good feeling to get out in the garden again after being cooped up in the house during winter! Enjoyed seeing your garden!
I love it when there are a few signs that winter is almost over and the sunny growing season is upon us!