Time to be ready to go! Is everything ordered? Seeds, roses, dahlias, etc. There are a few weeks left in which to choose new trees before they leaf out. Despite this year’s late snow storms, spring will be here soon.
This year for dahlias,
I am planting a lot of beige to puce colors from Blah Blah Blah to Café Au Lait. However, I am not sure dahlias were ever meant to be retiring and tasteful. A wild clashing mixture can be the best thing for the vegetable and cutting garden.
For sweet peas,
Painted Lady is always my favorite, with its incredible smell and delicious ice-cream colors. There is nothing better to cut for the house, but they need to be sewn early and grown in the greenhouse to allow them to flower before it gets too hot.
Seeds at Fragrant Garden
I am sewing more poppies in my muddled thyme and dianthus lawn on my roof. They need to go in while we still have frosts.
Vegetable garden seeds need to be ordered straight away. I am sewing my peas and fava beans this weekend, and I am also making a valiant attempt to grow new potatoes in a cold frame.
Watercolour by Emma Tennant
My Lonicera fragrantissima is just coming out deliciously sweet and lemony, but squirrels are destroying the crocus and the darling snowdrops are beginning to fade.
Finally, it’s time to lightly prune the shrub roses, remove the dead wood, and generally create a nice form.