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22 March 2019
Papery pink blossom petals drift across the fence from Clare’s ornamental
cherry joining the general budding in my spring garden. Furry apple tree buds
are poised to unfurl, the hard pruned roses ( you can never prune a rose too
hard) are peppered with nascent pink shoots. I don’t go so far as to describe it as
lawn, but the grass is already the
optimistic electric green of mid spring , a newly laid patch of turf is particularly thick
and lush. Time for an outing with the hand (good exercise) lawn mower.
in the city and driving a cabin baggage sized Suzuki Aalto are no obstacle to procuring long
lengths of hazel with which to build wigwam structures at the four corners of
the herb and flower beds. Only a few clicks on EBay led me to Graham who
coppices woodland in Henley on Thames and delivered an 8ft bundle of twenty
sticks plus twiggy peas sticks for making
simple supports to prop up scrambling sweetpeas.
Some deliciously scented varieties are on order
from Ashbridge Nurseries who are also sending more lavender. I have yet to
consider the further fate of the already fated box hedging on the north house
wall. Ravaged and stinking with box blight in a matter a of days it was a
shocking sight on my return from a trip last summer. There is some regrowth but
The plan is to train Jack and the Bean
stalk-like swathes of scarlet runner beans and white flowered French beans up
the wigwams. That is, of course, if we
are able to keep the munching slugs and snails at bay. In the knowledge of last year’s dahlia carnage I am going to be super alert keeping watch over
my crop like a tiger mother of the garden. An over night patrol plus big torch
would be ideal.
A daily squashing session more likely. In my experience snails
are as sly as they’re slimy, gliding with uncanny speed especially over glossy rained
What with the locust effects of
box blight it seems as if the recent hot summers and warm winters might also be aiding the garden wars.