Gertie’s Garden, March 2014
The wiggly willow is waking up, and so is Gertie’s garden.
Steps up around the Blue Hill are inviting.
…I hope the cold doesn’t upset the uncovered Dicentra.
Soon blue myosotis flowers may fringe the climb up.
The raised bed is prepared and waits for beans.
From outside looking in it’s getting a bit better.
Inside the bin it’s snug and full of well fed worms!
There’s a very big bee hiding in the ribe bush.
Splashes of yellow brighten the Kerria stems.
Amazingly there are still blooming nasturtiums!
I love the different evergreens, light and dark, smooth and felty.
Old friends and new are starting to mingle and dance together in the garden, and they invite you to come in and wander, look, touch, stroke and sniff.
Gertie’s Garden is waking up.
So Gertie’s Garden is waking up.
From the front, on the pavement, over the fence, it looks wild and woolly, but I have already had a nice comment on it from a neighbourly passer-by.
I have started mixing in farmyard manure with my own compost onto the raised bed, and am using some of this mix to top-dress baskets and fill in gaps with newly purchased ‘naughties’, like violas and pansies,
Sweeping the paths reveals too much grass and stray weed in-fills: these have to be grouted out.
The wood/bark-chip areas need recovering.
As I rarely label anything there are nice surprises as well as old favourites coming through the soil.
Some of the soil on the Blue Hill is still very hard. It started as a pile of clay, to which I am gradually, over the years, adding anything I can, to make it more friable and user-friendly.
I still have more baskets to make or renovate, and need to keep an eye on the level of slug destruction;…..nearly all my leaves and blooms are being eaten and still no sign of a frog or a hedgehog !