|Tozer sprouts from Victoriana Nursery: a beautiful sight in the spring garden.|
|Seven Spot Ladybird enjoying the warm rim of a glazed pot|
Strawberry runners from last summer have taken well; pity I need the space for this year's sweet corn, so digging them up is my next job. Some will be relocated elsewhere in the garden; most will be potted up for the Transition Town seed/plant swop or donated to the school gardening club.
My garlic is doing well at nearly 12 inches tall. Cloves were planted well before Christmas and netted against the birds; I'm hopeful that this year I'll get some good results. The perennial caulis are doing interesting things: I think I can see shoots forming in the axis of the leaf branches - could this be the long awaited mini-cauli heads? I can hardly wait.
I pruned the raspberry canes a couple of weeks ago; the canes left at 50cm are showing buds or leaves, new canes are pushing up through the soil. Some raspberry leaves were appearing quite a distance from the mother plant - is this usual? I seem to have raspberry "runners" all over the place (or did, they've now been tidied as well).
Fruit trees are all beginning to bud nicely so please pretty please let the pear and plum trees fruit this year. And I'm pleased to see that the 3 year old cherry tree which we dug up and moved before Christmas is covered in buds, ready to blossom.
Now all I have to do is decide how best to use the space available. This year, instead of random planting, I'm going to factor in growing times, companion planting, rotating the crops, the amount of sunlight and the direction that it comes from - and that's just for the veg. I'm also hoping for wildflowers and a cut flower patch. No wonder I have no spare time! (But I'll try not to be away for so long next time!)