Spring is here, or so they say, many of the spring bulbs are in full flow, the Snowdrops and Crocus are nearly all gone. The daffodils are in full bloom and the tulips are just starting to appear. The first flowers of the year are growing steadily now, Primula's, jacob's Ladder and Aquilegia are among the first to bloom at this time of the year. All are showing signs of good growth. The days are starting to be longer and the nights shorter but still the temperature at night is dropping really low. So much so that the seeds in the greenhouse are taking more time than normal to germinate. If fact many are still in the trays 3 weeks after being sown. This is not a good sign. Last year was a nightmare for bedding plants and its looking that this year will be the same. Last year at this time of the year it was dry and cold, this year after all the rain from the winter it is now starting to get very dry in the garden.
So today there were a few jobs to done around the garden, I have some mini greenhouses as well as my big greenhouse and I wanted to move them into the summer position as they get more light than stuck along the side of the house. They are now at the end of the patio in full sun. This is better as when the time comes for seedlings to come out of the greenhouse they have a good position in the sun. I also began the process of planting around the garden, I split a Helenium last year and got over 30 plants from the one, so I planted lots of them around the garden in good full sun positions to give them a good start, Hopefully they should flower well this year. I also planted some Geums around which again were split from the main plant at the end of last year.
The firethorn at the bottom of the garden also had too much new growth on it, I am trying to restrict it so it stays small. Some people may say I should just leave it and let it spread but I want to keep it close to the fence, this way it won't restrict the plants that are around the base.
I did some more of the lawn edges and soon it will be time to give the grass its first cut. I am trying to leave it as long as possible, now though is a good time to get the rake out and pull all the moss that has grown in the lawn out. it is also a good time to get some of the bigger weeds out too. But to be honest my lawn is more weeds than grass I think.
My name is Jonathan and I enjoy working in my garden in my spare time. I am no professional, just an amateur. My second love is photography, shooting the flowers in my garden and of course sharing them with people who share my passions.