Gardeners love this time of the year. It is a busy time but full of anticipation of what we will enjoy in the months ahead. Cherry blossom and Spirea are in flower and the buds are beginning to open on the trees in my garden. Muscari and the early tulips are also coming into flower, while the wild primroses are brightening up the hedges of country roads.
The real star in the garden at the moment are the hellebores. There are so many of them in a great variety of colours. It is very hard to choose one. I love all I have seen and want more. These plants flower for quite a long time, have a lovely fresh green leaves and come back and increase year after year. I cut back the old leaves in early January once the first growth appears. I can’t think of any flower that gives me so much pleasure.
I have potted up Begonias and Dahlias which were stored in my garage over the winter. I will keep them in the greenhouse until May. I need to pot on some of the shrub cuttings which I took last year. I have held these in the greenhouse over the winter and once potted up I will keep them there until late April or early May.
The only vegetables left in the garden are a couple of heads of red cabbage, few sprouts and some wonderful purple sprouting broccoli. This tastes so good picked fresh and simply steamed for few minutes. My rhubarb was poor last year. In contrast this spring it has long red stalks and we have been enjoying the most tasty rhubarb for the past three weeks. The vegetable patch is prepared and awaiting planting. The first vegetables I planted out last week, were the cauliflowers I propagated late last year. These were kept in the greenhouse over the winter. Mangetout and Snap Peas are ready to go in the ground. I’ll do this on the next dry day.
The potatoes have been chitting indoors. My intention was to plant the first earlies (Sharpes Express), on St Patrick’s Day but the weather wasn’t favourable. Hopefully I will get them in the ground over the next few days. I will plant second earlies (Queens), at beginning of April. The greenhouse is filling up nicely with seedlings, which I propagated either on the windowsill and in my new propagator but I will wait until the ground is drier before planting out.