26th March, 2020

Apart from the odd quite fierce frost we are entering the phase of Spring, which is infinitely preferable to Winter. People often ask me what is the best time of year here, and for me it is Spring. How exciting it is when plants push their way through the ground, a few inches every day. Today I am dividing some special snowdrops, yellow ones, called Primrose Warburg. I have got about 40 of them, and I think I started off with 3. The last two days have been very sunny, and Polly has mowed the lawn for the first time, and sprayed the roses. Her and Colin have put out all the benches, which are pale blue and mauve, this sounds ghastly but is actually very pretty. We have done some new planting with Astelia Banksiae, thin green leaves with silvery edges, which will get to three feet. I always thought Astelia were tender but it seems not. They make a good background plant for Pulmonaria Diana Clare and white Astrantias. I am quite excited how this corner is going to turn out. The dogs went to a local hairdresser which I was very nervous about, but they looked fine, and rather better than before. Two years ago they went and looked appalling, I nearly wept. They looked skinned. Pertemba, the youngest, ran away from James, and went missing for about half an hour. I was quite worried, but it transpired that he had fallen in love with a terrier that was on heat!

I am getting used to this, but it still feels peculiar. I am lucky to have James and the garden, which I hope I am having some good new ideas for and the time to implement them. My birthday, which was onMarch 24th, did have my two sons and grandchildren ring me. My Amelanchiers, three of them, are flowering down the bottom. I am about to order six new irises from Cayeux, which is probably the best Iris supplier. I first saw them at the Chelsea flower show, and they are in France. Have just ordered a beautiful terracotta pot from Italian Terrace, to put some dahlias in. Stuck in the house I seem to be spending money, still finally I am getting some larger pots instead of the

whimsy little things that I have been getting used to!

This is what I am looking forward to

4 thoughts on “26th March, 2020

  1. Oh this cheered me up. We are in total lock down in New Zealand too and the autumn garden is starting just as you hit spring full bore. A rush on garden centres here meant all the veggie seedlings have been sold out as we hunker down to try to be self sufficient. Am hoping at the end of this wretched covid19 pandemic maybe a few new gardeners may have been created. So I’m skerricking through my old seeds seeing what may be still viable. What is it about us that we are loathe to chuck out old seeds without seeing if one might strike? Happy birthday for the 24th, a fellow Piscean here, on the 18th. We are just planting our spring bulbs here. But my red nerines are shedding their lizard skins and my alstromeria are still going strong. Do you have Indian Summer? Dark burgundy leaves and brightest red gold orange flowers. I planted red and gold lilies next to them with a small rose that is red flecked gold. A happy little combo. Stay safe stay at home. You have a beautiful garden to lock down in. Regards from Lynne in NZ.

    1. It is so nice to hear from you. I like the word skerricking and have never heard it before. I Agree that I have a lovely garden to lock down in. I have grown Indian summer in my time, but not now. We are changing things here quite a lot, hopefully for the best, as we have more time on our hands with no visitors. I love alstroemeria they last for so long. My son thomas sent me three dvds for my birthday and we watched one of them last night (I didn’t like it that much!). With much love Gina

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