I believe everyone would agree when I say I could stand and look at this absolutely magnificant show of peach blossom in the Peach house all day long. I dont think I need to say anymore....Just look and enjoy!
Wednesday, 19 March 2014
Finally the Flower Garden has got some colour back in to its cheeks with this wonderful display of the Cornish bred miniture Narcissus 'Tete e Tete' popping up everywhere. Especially making a statement in between the Pittosporum trees in a bed that usually lacks colour and sunshine. Soon to be followed by the newly planted rows of Ranunculus mixed which we have re-introduced back in to the plan. The epic job of lifting all of the perennials from the bottom half of the big cut flower beds has begun. They are lifted, devided and replanted in to the top half of the bed which has been double dug and replenished with some good old horse manure. The swap around of the bed and the division occurs every three years.
I thought this bright and beautiful spring vegetable deserved its own post today due to it's persistance in making an enterance. So much so that it is bursting open the forcing pot lid. The young shoots are a culinary delight bringing sweetness and vibrance back in to the kitchen after the long winter.
This weeks Vegetable Garden update may seem slightly chaotic...well that is exactly how we all feel with the momentom of spring hitting us at full force. But it is welcomed with open arms. The early pototes are emerging, so we have removed the straw, allowing them to grow a little more until they are ready to be earthed up. As you can see in our, already packed, melon house lots of lushious looking green shoots everywhere including the beans which are flying ahead therefore, the boys have started to erect the canes for them to ramble their way up and around. You can also see lots of salad leaves, annual flower seedling to line the apple arch, onion trays and plenty more. The other construction work the boys have been getting their muscling in to this week has been removing the wooden posts and replacing them with more durable and traditional looking angle iron pillars in improve the overall image of the Victorian vegetable walled garden.
Friday, 7 March 2014
The rain stops and the gardeners come out to play....with smiles too! Here are the boys ploughing through all the jobs that got abandoned from the rain. Clive has been doing his annual rummaging around in the Lost Valley, collecting pea sticks for the peas to clamber their way up. A very traditional method of practise, which not only looks fantastic but is incredibly successful too.
Terry is playing at Pond Life, by waterproofing up and rescuing the Aquatic plants in our Flower Garden dipping pool from all the strangulating algae and pond weed that has accumulated. We can now see the array of assorted baby fish enjoying the clean and un-clogged up water.
Barry and Jamie had to most complicated task this week of planting the big blocks of lily bulbs. With the Victorians being extreme hot on immaculately straight lines, they had to take extra care with the measuring out, as one bulb out of place could ruin the colour show!!
Finally, Anthony has the smelly job of turning in the seaweed to fertilise the soil. But as always, kept smiling.
Phew, that's a good few jobs crossed off the list! Hope your all catching up too.
Friday, 21 February 2014
Seeing as though the posts this week have lacked in colour, I thought Id leave you with a bright and beautiful (if a little early!) Sweet William I spotted amongst the hunderds we have planted down the side of our apple arch in the vegetable garden.