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By peter


With my garden being mainly herbs and vegetables there’s not much going on at the start of the year and I tend to forget about it for a while, leaving the brown strip waiting for seeds in spring.

That doesn’t leave much to look at over winter, but the snow and ice we had in February made for some picturesque scenes. Both my acer and watering can are just outside the back door under where icicles formed. The gradual dripping on to the encased them both in ice!

Acer in ice

Watering can in ice

Luckily, the acer is fine and is actually looking very healthy considering.

Acer today

The garden is coming to life again, with the hostas growing nicely (and accompanying late night snail patrols required).

Hostas and an alpine strawberry

The sage I grew from seed last year is starting to flower, as are the chives which have come back after winter; the garlic chives I tried didn’t do as well as the plain chives last year and have not returned this.

Sage flowering

Chives flowering

I’m trying some red basil for the first time this year, so will have to see if that bolts as easily as the normal basil I tried last year.

Red basil in propagator

The frame for runner beans is up and waiting for the seeds to germinate. The pea and tomato plants we bought also have their support in place.

Tomato canes, pea twigs and bean frame

I wonder if all the dog walkers were curious about the bag full of twigs we collected for the peas.

This year’s challenge is to try and get rid of some of the moss & clover from the lawn (which I hate doing). But as a reward I am going to buy some ferns for the darkest dampest corner of the garden and add tree branches in a pile to create a place for creepy crawlies. I’m hoping that if I get really lucky it might even attract some snail eating frogs!!

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Interesting to see the update, Peter..
I can send you some creepy crawlies ;o)
Nice watering can pic :o)

19 May, 2010


You can have all my creepy crawlies too! The frozen Acer pic is amazing and even more so that it survived :-)))

19 May, 2010


You look as if you have been (bean!!) busy - loved the pics of the ice

19 May, 2010


Thanks for all the offers. I'm sure the postman would appreciate packages of bugs :o)

At primary school we used to get boxes of grasshoppers delivered to feed the animals our class kept. Could have been for the toads or slow worms, I can't remember now.

19 May, 2010


Everything's looking great, after that very cold start. Hostas and ferns are 2 of my faves. Am also growing red/ purple basil for the first time this year. That Acer is tougher than it looks, too. Looking forward to seeing the beans, peas and toms. :-)

19 May, 2010


Lovely to see everything coming to life again. Love the watering can......very posh. The acer is a lovely colour and you have a nice colection of hostas.

19 May, 2010


You were very lucky with your Acer, Peter! Both it being encased in ice & making an unusual photo opportunity & now that it has leaved out! It looks a lovely tree!

19 May, 2010


You have lots on the go there Peter. Your hostas look very healthy. Good luck with your seeds.

19 May, 2010


Your icy acer is quite a sculpture Peter ... lovely.
I do a night-time slug patrol too ... it's worth it to save the hostas.

19 May, 2010


Enjoyed catching up with your garden

19 May, 2010


thanks for sharing. you can eat sage flowers too by the way:o)

19 May, 2010


Thanks folks :o)

I think hostas & ferns suit my garden, the bits without veg are very shady and quite damp. I hadn't thought about watering cans being posh :o) It was a gift a few years ago but I do like it. At least my suffering plants know that I'm forgetting to water them with a fancy watering can :o)

19 May, 2010


lol :o)

20 May, 2010


I love your acer plus I'm a little bit obsessed with herbs. let me give you this recipe. I made it last year, It's for green herb pesto and its really ad hoc. Basicly you can adapt it to what you have. I added lots of sage, which was nice.

50g nasturtium leaves
a few mint leaves
75g parmesan (or hard goats cheese)
2-3 cloves of garlic
juice of half a lemon
150ml olive oil (or other)
50g pine nuts (optional)
salt to tast

pound until well blended

I omitted the pine nuts and just tossed it through some warm pasta. Delicious!

geat site by the way!

23 May, 2010


Just returned home from a week away in the Bournemouth region and found that everything in the garden has grown so much in a week including the weeds. Had a go out there yesterday and it's catch up time today too. We now have baby starlings visiting the garden. Very arguementative lot Starlings!!!! Found snails in pots and under windowsills. They nestle everywhere don't they. Threw them on the drive and the birds had them. Nice photos Peter and the acer is a lovely colour. I love acers and have six different ones in pots and in the small flowerbeds.The hawthorn hedges are abundant with blossom this year. It's catch up time for everything after such a cold and lengthy winter.

31 May, 2010


I've no nasturtiums this year, Neophyte. Thanks for the recipe though, I will have to try it - looks like it might marinade well, too.

Linda, The last few weeks here have seen a lot of growth and I'm expecting more when the sun returns :o)

1 Jun, 2010


DO you think that the small amount of volcanic ash mixed with the rain will have a feed effect on the plants?

1 Jun, 2010

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