Inspired Gardening with Barbara Ponder
Well, after saying spring had finally arrived last month, nature decided otherwise and we had a few really cold, wet and windy days before the sun finally reappeared…….and so did the cuckoo! It was almost as if she has been making up for lost time by continuously singing every time I visit the particular part of the woods where she nests.
Apple & pear blossom all gone with the wind, however the hedgerows are almost pure white with may blossom. Daffodils, tulips, bluebells and grape hyacinth also all gone to be replaced by iris, dicentra (bleeding heart), comfrey, honeysuckle & clematis. The wisteria are also proudly displaying their flowers – I have two, one white and one blue both equally lovely. Also the lilac, again I have a white one and a lilac one.
In the woods rhododendrons are abundant – deep pink and purple flowers everywhere. The woods also have a lot of ferns under the pine and beech trees and I just love watching the ferns uncurl their leaves as they too come back to life.
The greenhouse now has 9 tomato plants, 3 aubergine plants & 4 sweet pepper plants planted and growing with 2 cucumber plants just waiting for me to find room (and time) to plant them. Courgettes, sweet corn and sweet potatoes are growing well and will be ready to move to the allotment soon. Leeks are hardening off in the garden but unfortunately the cabbage does not seem to be doing so well.
I am still preparing the beds on the new allotment site – the first (20ft x 10ft) is done and the second is half done. Unfortunately the site is covered in bindweed so it feels like a never ending battle at present.
The vegetable site it progressing well with more potatoes, onions, kale, broccoli & cabbage already in and the canes are ready for the French beans to go in over the next couple of days along with more peas.
In the fruit plot all is now netted to prevent the pigeons from having a feast at our expense and the cherry and plum trees fruiting nicely. The gooseberries are getting really big and the raspberries are all showing sign of an abundant crop. The rhubarb crowns I planted earlier in the year have all ‘taken’ and are looking healthy.
Finally, back to the garden where a robin has nested in one of the nest boxes and a fledgling ended up hiding from the cats (I have six of them) behind the kitchen door! I managed to rescue it and put it on the bird table where its parents found it so all ended well for that particular little bird. I did have a blue tit show interest in the other nesting box but I think it must have changed it’s mind as I have not seen any more activity there – maybe next year! Enjoy this glorious weather everyone.
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.