I’m exhausted from prune plant sow activities. I need to ‘harden off’ more than my seedlings after 4 months of reading and thinking about it.
Six things from your garden, each week on a Saturday. Take a look at the Propagators blog for gardening inspiration.
Here are a very random 6 for the last week of March.
1. Parsley seedlings. Perfect & pretty.
2. Lettuce ‘Winter Density’ and.. ‘4 Seasons’ lettuce
3.Snow crocus, small and mighty!
4. Iris Dandiforae. Fine & dandy.
4. Pruning a very large Holly shrub, I found this Song Sparrow nest. A barque made from bark. Carefully lined with plastic and with a mattress of maple twirlies and dryer lint.
6. Climbing Hydrangea. This mature vine once grew up into a Mulberry tree. The tree was probably 40 feet high and growing at an angle of 60 degrees when I inherited it many years ago. I called it the ‘bird buffet’ as it had an extremely long fruiting season, lasting most of the summer and into Autumn. At first frost, all the leaves would fall in the space of an hour or so, signalling the close of the buffet for the season.
I had it pruned one Autumn, noting the wood was very heavy and wet. In spring new growth appeared along the cut branches lying on the ground. A few years later, during a summer drought, the mulberry tree laid down, the sinews snapping like fireworks at midnight on a full moon. I asked the cleanup crew to try to save the vine. I thought they’d ignored me. Yesterday, while pruning, I found the cut pieces where they’d ‘saved’ them for me.
Pay a visit to the Propagator’s website to see what’s going on in other peoples’ gardens.