This week we said goodbye to winter (we hope) and we said hello to spring.
We have loved every sunny moment.
So have our plants!
In the vegetable garden we have been getting the seeds off to a great start with early sowings of beetroot, Swiss chard, lettuce, spring onions and spinach…
We have also been planting up some pots of herbs, with loads of Rosemary and our favourite herb – thyme, (we just love ripping off a few leaves and adding them to some olive oil, after a few hours in the sun, this makes a fabulous big for chunks of crust bread and a glass of something cheeky…
We have also been watching as our cottage garden plants start to wake up, wriggling their young shoots through the soil, and out into the fresh spring sunshine and showers. We have been rewarding them with some plant food and supports to keep them looking tidy all summer long.
We have also marked the change in the weather by cutting back all of our favourite winter stemmed plants like the willows and the dogwoods, (the branches cut off can be twisted and platted to make a path edge or used as supports for other plants. (Nick always reminds us that the colour we loose cutting them back, will be repaid 10 times over in the winter when the new growth glows in the winter sun.)
This is also a great time to plant out sweet peas, so they can get established and clamber up our rusted metal arches or wigwams of canes. (We love planting out the sweet peas as they are the promise of a summer of fragrant blooms, – if there is anything better than coming downstairs in the morning to the scent of sweet peas we are yet to discover it.)
Finally, when Nick was not looking, we used a few bags of logs to make a log-pile for wildlife. We stacked the logs, added some turf to the top and then added one last layer of logs. This will create loads of nooks and crannies for wildlife to live in and the turf will act as a roof keeping the wildlife snug and dry
Finally, talking of wildlife, we have been watching as the bumblebee queens wake up, and forage on the last few crocus flowers, feasting on pollen and promising a summer filled with buzzing and bumbling….
We hope you enjoying your gardening week as much as we have enjoyed ours…
The Owl Lane Team