- On November 5, 2014
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A beautiful day today…..calm and sunny…the calm before the storm due tomorrow.
I really should have been outside but, yesterday, I was determined to complete all of the polytunnel work which should have been already done – potting on hardy annuals, perennials and wildflowers.
Cutting down the applemint which was completely overrun with brown mint leaf beetles – the larvae had been devouring the young nepeta and clary sage as well. Unfortunately, I didn’t realise that they were a pest and merrily let them take over the entire tunnel!
They’re not much of a problem in the garden but in the confined space of the tunnel, it’s a different story.
My posts have been pathetically scarce of late – I must do better.
Jobs to do within the next month (do you think if I write them here, it will force me to complete my tasks?!)
- Plant tulips in crates to force in the tunnel for Mother’s Day and spring.
- Plant up spring bedding including bulbs.
- Cut down and burn all peony growth (to help prevent peony wilt).
- Plant remaining narcissus (bought in the sale) in the meadows.
- Move a few roses to more suitable positions (Ghislaine de Feligonde, Agnes & Mme Alfred Carriere.
- Take rose cuttings for favoured varieties….Hansa, Ispahan, Bonica, Cerise Bouquet to name a few.
- Finish transplanting the foxgloves & wallfowers to their final position.
- Move some Lily of the Valley to the side of the lane
The kitchen sink….I could go on forever but this is a good start!
I’m still drooling over online rose catalogues….I had hoped to buy 10 new varieties but having spent so much of my budget on bulbs and bare root plants, I think it may be only 6 or 7 – you can’t get a rose for less than a tenner these days. Such a difficult choice with so many beautiful varieties but, then again, it’s good to have a want.
A beautiful mix of roses from the garden.
The deliciously sumptuous Ispahan.