When the world wearies and society fails to satisfy, there is always the garden. ~ Minnie Aumonier
And just as the season summons us outside, we are on lockdown because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Confined to quarters we have little choice but to do housework or gardening. I know which I prefer so with the recent though unremarkable slight rise in temperatures I’ve been pottering.
I’m fortunate to have a shed cum potting shed – a lovely old brick building complete with pantiles and ivy. In this sheltered spot, I can look out at the garden whilst potting on some of the plants that have outgrown last years models. In the herb potagerie, a bronze fennel and garden sage both were upgraded to bigger pots.
Two of the Hostas are just beginning to put their snouts above soil whilst their roots were evidently searching for larger space. One I think is Big Blue (given to me by a kind gardener as I passed and admired his collection) and the others the lovely yellow and blue ‘Dream Queen’.
A small but namless Patio clematis has been potted on too, and is eagerly working its way up some trellis. It’s sharing the space with two early Alpino Saxifragas, Magic Salmon & Picotee, blooming their little heads off in shades of pink.
Normally I’m ahead with seed planting by late March but being further North I’ve delayed this until now. Raiding my easy seed stores, I was surprised to find that I only have Nasturtium (Tall Mix; Salmon Baby & a few variegated Alaska) plus an Excelsior hybrid Foxglove.
This year I’m also trying to grow ‘Dutchman’s Breeches’ and some seeds I garnered from last year’s ‘Love in a Puff‘. Both these are being given an extra cossetting in an underheated seed tray.