Slowly does it…

The garden is coming along.  Slowly. With the end of term looming there’s not been much time to get out and stuck into the bigger jobs, leaving just the usual weeding and mowing.  And even those haven’t been done as often as I’d like!  I had hoped to get the main beds laid out by summer but it looks like that won’t happen. There were a few small beds already in the garden and they have become temporary homes for the plants I’m starting to stash away.

Peachy-pink Antirrhinum flowers from the side. Peachy-pink Antirrhinum flowers.

The Antirrhinums which were in the garden already have made it through the mild winter and are starting to flower again.

The veg beds are some consolation – although I’ve mostly thrown seed at them and had only a few minutes here and there to check them over, they seem to be doing fine.  I’ve done a mix of mostly salad veg with lots of annual flowers – many edible themselves – as I really liked how this looked on the RBGE student plots, last year.  The peas, both fancy sweet-peas and edible types, are coming up nicely.  The good weather, alternating sun and drenching rain, has really brought  them on well, despite late sowings and old seed.

Another plant which has benefited from this weather has been the spinach – I’ve never managed to grow spinach well enough to eat – in the old garden it used to bolt as soon as it had two proper leaves.  I think this was due to the sandy-ish soil which drained way too quickly for the spinach’s liking.

Peas growing under a wire frame. Young, furled up spinach leaves.

I’m pleased that the few plants I brought with me from the old garden seem to be managing to survive. The Nymphoides peltata has finally shown up in the ‘pond’.  I hadn’t been sure if it had survived nearly a week of no water during moving but apparently it did and maybe this year I’ll get to see some flowers! Most of the Buddleja cuttings have taken.  I would have been somewhat sad if they hadn’t – whilst it’s easy to get cuttings or plants of Buddleja, these are from plants I grew from seed.   I’ve put one in the ground to preserve against the pot drying out and I’m hoping they’ll all grow well enough to survive the winter next year.

 Nymphoides peltata leaves on the surface of the pond water. Small Buddleja cutting A small flowering single-stem sage plant.

A variegated Hosta. Clematis cutting Chive flower buds

 Sage, Hosta, Clematis and chives also made it over from the old garden and seem to be thriving – especially the chives, which are in a corner of the raised bed which I have designated as the ‘herb’ bed. Elder stems coming back from an old stump. Despite the rather heavy handed reduction of the elder, it seems to be coming back just fine.  Elder really can take a heavy pruning!  Hopefully next year I’ll get some flowers to make elderflower goodies.

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