Inspired Gardening with Barbara Ponder
The Colour and Creatures’ of Spring
Despite not having heard the cuckoo again, I think I can safely say that Spring has finally arrived!……….and with it a flurry of activity both in the garden and the allotment. The apricot tree has blossomed in the garden, and the pear and cooking apple trees are beginning to bud, as are numerous other shrubs and trees.
The hedgerows are white with blossom and I get such joy when walking the dog in the woods every morning watching the buds slowly open on the various trees we pass. Also listening to the glorious bird song from so many beautiful feathered friends – robins, sparrows, tits, jays and so many others, including one woodpecker that seems to follow me around on my walk. I also have a pheasant set up home in the field opposite the bungalow and he regales me with his call just before dawn every day!
The garden is a mass of colour with all the bulbs coming up and my friends have given me the promised snowdrops which are now planted along with some Glory of the Snow (Chionodoxa) in pink and blue which I love. I spent the first sunny day planting 40 different plants in a new border I dug at the edge of the front garden and after cutting the grass the next day it looks lovely. So the garden is sorted for the moment.
In the greenhouse, I still have the seeds sprouting and have added cabbage, sweet pepper, chives, basil, parsley, peas, Brussel sprouts, carrots, courgettes & 4 varieties of tomato.
I have also spent some time digging the new plot over at the allotment which is a slow job as I can only manage a couple of hours at a time, especially in the heat. Never mind it will all get done eventually. Whilst over there the other day, I stopped to watch a couple of what looked like hares chasing each other in the sun at the other end of the field adjoining the allotment – that is until they came nearer when I was able to see small antlers, they were baby deer playing without a care in the world, a truly beautiful sight.
We have now managed to plant the early potatoes which were chitting on my kitchen windowsill and also 30 onion sets, as well as parsnips, peas, Swiss chard, radishes, carrot, Swede and Spring onions so far.
The red and blackcurrant bushes are coming on well and the gooseberry bushes are looking good. Early raspberry canes are thriving and the late raspberries slowly giving off new shoots. The plum and cherry trees are blossoming and all six blueberry bushes coming along nicely. There are 72 strawberry plants in the allotment, many already flowering so we should get a good crop. The recently planted rhubarb is looking very healthy……Oh and the first asparagus shoots are appearing on the crowns planted last year.
A fellow allotmenteer gave us 6 nasturtiums and 6 climbing nasturtiums which should give a nice show if colour and help protect the French & runner beans from aphids when we plant them.
Lots more planting to be done over the next few weeks so watch this space!
I am a Spiritual Healer and have been retired for quite a few years from the caring profession.
I have been blessed with 4 wonderful children and 11 grandchildren.
I have a great interest in the natural world around me, believing that we are all brothers and sisters together, and as such, should unite to overcome the many obstacles that prevent us moving forward in love.