Spring planting


This morning I put together the mini greenhouse I bought on Saturday , working outdoors in the sunshine. It was very easy to assemble and it inspired me to make a sowing of broad beans- a few replacements for the Aquadulce Claudia that are already growing on the plot and a first sowing of a another variety, Masterpiece. I used the deep, root trainer type planting tubes, shaped like toilet roll inners, so the beans can be planted straight into the ground when they are big enough.
Several of the hardy fuchsias and geraniums that have overwintered in pots outside have started into growth, so they have been potted into fresh compost and placed in the mini greenhouse too. I found many vine weevil larvae in the compost-they seem to have had a good season last year-so it was an opportune bit of repotting. With luck, the plants will be able to grow away in their new compost.


The afternoon was truly golden and after some more manure shifting on the allotment and a shared flask of dandelion and burdock cordial with VP, I came home for a well earned wash-cow manure is not my favourite perfume- and a sit in the garden with a cup of tea. No, this is not typical February weather for the UK and no, it isn’t going to last much longer, but it is so welcome after the greyness and wet of the winter.

The garden was full of birds-chaffinches, bullfinches, goldfinches and greenfinches, blue tits, great tits and coal tits, robins, dunnocks, wrens, blackbirds and sparrows. A collection of the common but pretty birds of English gardens. And the sun shone through the daffodils, burnishing them to pure gold.

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10 thoughts on “Spring planting

  1. This is the first time I’ve had to do just what I want, so I’m visiting my blogger friends.

    The daffodils make me long even more for spring!!

    I’ve been using mushroom manure the last 2 years and everything seems to do well. We have a mushroom mine a few miles away from us. I think they use horse manure. By the time we get it, it’s all rotted and ready to be put in the beds.

    The fresh manure is better to get the compost pile heated up and cooking.

    I love your patio stones. What are they?

  2. Good to see you out and about Primrozie! I’m pleased to send you some daffodils to herald your spring and soon, some primroses too.
    The patio stones are a Cotswold riven stone-it’s a lovely honey coloured stone typical of the rock here about.

  3. Oh, this is difficult! You are about a month ahead of us here in the Pacific Northwest….our daffs are mere spears about 3 inches high.
    And sun? “That saucy pedantic fool”?
    When will it come out?

  4. I feel for your lack of sun-it makes me so miserable. But if your daffs are 3 inches high, that’s 3 inches closer to opening, and you will so love that.I’m happy to share mine with you until then.

  5. This blog is so nice to read! I’d forgotten how quickly spring returns to the UK – our daffodils are barely showing their tips. -Lovely spring-like pictures – daffodils and irises Wow! /Katarina

  6. Sounds like a lovely day! Well, maybe except for the manure dust that surely covered every inch of exposed flesh. ;0) Love your patio with the sun shining on it… and thanks so much for such a great picture of daffy-down-dillies! Mmmmmm….

  7. The daffodils are quite the wonderful sight to a garden-starved girl. I hope that your weather will stay warm and that you’ll have many days to spend enjoying your garden. It is lovely, especially with those magnificent stones.

  8. That mini-greenhouse is putting me to shame – mine’s in the shed!

    Good to see you earlier today and thank you so much for the Syringa!

  9. Hi Judith, I’m back from our break to this lovely weather, it really has been gorgeous. Over the last couple days a lot of attention has been given to my patch, in between washing and ironing! I have got two, two-tier mini greenhouses, they are really handy, although mine have now lost their plastic covers so I just use them as shelving for cuttings/seedlings etc. I am sure you have had a lot of work on the allotment preparing it for the year ahead. I am very envious of your lovely birds in your garden, I rarely get finches in mine, even the greenfinch have done a bunk! x

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