This is my first time doing a Six on Saturday post. I have seen quite a few other garden bloggers embarking on this weekly adventure and looked fondly at their posts. So I thought it was time I dip my toe into the water. Without further ado, below are six pictures to showcase my last week in horticulture.
Mulch, mulch, mulch
It has been a week of a lot of mulching. It feels like the cycle of clearing beds, weeding beds and mulching beds has been never-ending. This week I needed a tractor to bring a full trailer of mulch to spread over the herb garden (it is large with 8 big central beds and 1 which runs half the circumference of the space). The beds are also just over knee-high so it has meant a lot of lifting barrows onto them to dump the mulch before spreading. Back-breaking but vital work and now it means the beds are looking in fantastic shape ahead of the season.
It feels exciting to be sowing seeds again and really feels as if the growing season is quickly coming up on us. These trays have Rainbow Chard and Agretti sown in them, and they join the chillies as the earliest seeds in the polytunnel so far. Agretti (or saltwort as its also known) might not be widely known and is an Italian vegetable that has fleshy needle-shaped leaves. It is normally found growing on shorelines around the Mediterranean basin and is really salt-tolerant. The leaves have a crunch and can be eaten raw or cooked, while it is a favourite among celebrity chefs and fancy restaurants.
I smelt this Daphne ‘Jacqueline Postill’ before I saw it upon a trip to Batsford Arboretum. It features fantastic pink flowers, a wonderful fragrance and is a real striking plant for January and February.
This was a little project I’d had my eyes on for a few weeks. We have a decent collection of succulents in the greenhouse and there was babies on quite a few. So I took the babies off the sempervivum and potted them up in a gritty compost topped with more grit to make a neat display to sit along the windowsill. It is a very simple and effective way to propagate them and get new plants for free.
Messy beds must go
Messy beds need a good sort, and this one has been long overdue for a clear. I have been wanting to get in here for a while. The garlic chives had been long gone and needed cutting down, while the vast quantity of weeds meant progress was very slow. It is rewarding to slog through on your hands and knees and turn a chaotic and untidy eyesore of a bed into one looking neat and ready for mulching.
Another one of my highlights from the trip to Batsford Arboretum, this Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Limelight’ was one of a number of the genus looking fantastic on a cold February day.