Sunday, 13 March 2011

Garden jobs for March

I had annual leave last week so I was able to take advantage of the dry sunny weather to get to grips with the end-of-winter clean up.

It was very satisfying to see so much new growth amongst the dead leaves. Unfortunately there have been more winter casualties as most of the Stipa tenusissima have died.

I have two clumps of Narcissus 'Tete-a-tete'. I have been very pleased with these flowers, they don't grow too tall and the smaller leaves don't look so untidy as they die back. I hate planting bulbs and as these are smaller I didn't have to dig such deep planting holes. I ought to plant more.
Narcissus 'Tete-a-tete'
I have been able to start seed sowing. Several years ago I replaced my electric propagator with this windowsill version. It has 7 separate covered quarter size seed trays. As each tray germinates I can remove it. I'm glad I bought it.
Heated propagator
My cut flowers this week are tulips. For years I said I hated tulips as the only ones I had seen were red and yellow which I didn't like. A friend gave me some dark purple and lilac tulips.  I loved them and buy several bunches every Spring. I still don't like the red and yellow ones though.


  1. Your tulip arrangement is beautiful. I particularly like the species tulips that stay the same every year and don't disappear or get eaten by the dear. I still have a two-tone pink one from 25 years ago.

  2. I have too been out gardening it makes you feel so much better. Enjoy your tulips and your garden Lesley.x

  3. I love the mix of colors you have with the tulips. The light pink ones look so delicate and feminine. gorgeous!