I started a new job back in December, and I’ve worked most Mondays since then.
But not today, so there’s time this morning to join with the lovely gang at Rambling in the Garden, Cathy’s blog sharing local seasonal flowers in a vase on Monday. I’ve missed taking part in this delightful gardening meme.
In a vase on Monday today, 30 April 18, we have ‘Painted lady’ tulips, with ‘Cosmopolitan’ pink rhododendron, bluebells and willow stems.
The vase is Bristol blue glassware, picked up from a Frome charity shop for a couple of pounds, and the blooms are all from our garden.
The painted lady tulips were bargain bulbs from Lidl that I popped into the ground outrageously late in the season – around mid Feb – which have done marvellously well.
The rhodedodo (as my dad often calls them) is a potted plant that I’ve had for a few years now, and picked up as a small plant from Thelma’s flower shop in Tottenham.
It’s a fabulous splash of shocking pink and I love its garish, gaudy tones.
The woven fence at the back of the veg patch / hugelmound is made of living and buff willow, with a dogwood heart at the centre. Weaving is addictive and very satisfying and covers up an ugly wall rather well.
The hugelmound was an attempt to kill two birds with one stone, as a way to deal with a lot of deadwood pruned from the garden, and develop a nutritious soil with plenty of organic matter.
It’s a pile of logs, sticks and compost from all around the garden, heaped into a mound, and then smothered with mushroom compost.
Last March, it looked like this… https://doingtheplan.com/2017/03/24/a-huge-pile-of-crap/
The fire garden is still my favourite spot though, and this was the view from the Arthur Brown bench this morning.
Although I’d hoped for sunnier weather on my day off on Monday 30th April when I booked it in Feb, at least it’s not raining (yet?).
Despite the gloom, I’ll get on a with a few things to do from my planning and planting lists. And I hope that your plans and plants are coming along nicely.