|One cowslip plant has self-seeded to become a large patch in our orchard -|
stakes mark the outlying plants to prevent them being 'mown out'
After a more than unusually warm end to March, with accompanying drought, is there anywhere that is not now soggy and waterlogged? And it’s likely to remain so, and cold with it, for a while yet. Take a look at today’s BBC Weather website – and click on the link to weatherman John Hammond’s explanation on why this is happening. The damp conditions have actually favoured our expanding cowslip patch, begun from a single (purchased) plant five years ago - not one taken from the wild.
|Sowing seed in my double-tier raised bed last Saturday (21st) between showers|
|Half a raised bed devoted to young salads - in the foreground, are mixed|
cut-and-come again lettuce; pegged pots keep fleece from touching seedlings
|Pegging down the bubble-plastic to protect the newly sown bed from 'intruders'|
|Clearing a weedy patch of ground so we could give each grandchild |
their own raised bed - they subsequently sowed and planted veg (and strawberries!)
|Getting ready for visitors to the Dobies stand|
Show Garden Special: I discover that the Dobies display at the Malvern Spring Flower Show (May 10th-13th) will focus on edibles: ‘Beat the Spiralling Cost of Food’ is their theme on Stand OS564, Plant Pavilions. The team are busy building a small garden with a colourful 'psychedelic' feel. It will highlight Dobies fabulous and high quality veg varieties which are much cheaper to grow than to buy, therefore triumphing over the spiralling cost of supermarket foods! Price reductions on Dobies seed as well, so buy your Show tickets here. I can't wait.
Next week sees the publication of the May 2012 edition of the e-newsletter, and the following week (10th or 11th) we'll be blogging live from Malvern.