Starting to get out and about
18 January 2010 00:01:17
With the temperatures rising during the day, I take the horticultural fleece off the greenhouse and hang it on the clothes line to dry. Casper is considered too scary by my pair and when they see the fleece blowing in the wind, I am very quickly told that it is scary looking. I often wonder what way their minds work!
There is a hugh amount of damage done by the bad weather. In fact, as I looked around today, everywhere I looked I saw more damage. I would need a week off work to get it sorted, which, considering my garden is so small, this gives some indication of the level of destruction. Before winter set in, I had tidied up the garden (both front and back) and had all the perannials cut back. Looking around now, you would think I hadn't set foot in it for months, let alone having done any work in it. To add to the cutting back of the damaged plants, I seem to have got a tonne of leaves in every nook and cranny of the garden.
Today, I went through the greenhouse, taking the damaged leaves off, any of the cutting which have no roots and look decidely not going to take at this stage were removed, gave it a tidy up and watered everything.
When that was done, I headed off to the garden centre to get a replacement pot. I got a pair of glazed pots, for E30 (half price sale). I love this particular garden centre because the owner is normally on the premises and he chats to everyone, passing on great tips. Today, he and his son were the only two there when I arrived. They are renovating the premises and they will have a lovely large premises when it is finished. I asked about my cannas (which I had bought from them last year). The leaves have turned black but the base is still firm. I was told to leave the black leaves on them to provide protection to the base, should more frost occur. Phew, did I breath a sign of relief as I hadn't cut them off for that reason but I had debated it in my head!
I got a bag of vermiculite while I was there but I think seed planting will be a while away until I get the place half decent looking.
No photos - no self respecting gardener would put up a photo of the state of the place!