Alan's Blog

Alan's Blog

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Well I am in lock down, not that it seems much different from usual - just gardeners keep their difference and Paul is wearing a face mask and looks like an extra for Star Wars.

Hooray the sun has got his hat on and the garden looks like spring is showing its true self. Paul is busy getting new pillars for the temple ready for their tops.

Yet another wet Monday, I sometimes wonder if the sun has forgotten where we live. The garden is soddened yet spring is here no doubt about it.

I had always thought Beginias would make good container plants and having waited a year or two have been rewarded with a good show this year.

It was a Snowdrop morning, a walk round the garden morning, a morning for apple tree pruning for weeding, painting inside of new pool.

The year is now starting to romp away and bulbs are popping up all over the garden, Blackbirds and Robins carving up territories in the garden and squrills seem to be every wear.

Sure, sign that spring has woken; a Robin singing his or her heart out, Blackbirds all over the garden' Tits all varieties busy inspecting bird boxes and Snowdrops showing colour.

The new year is only four days old and our thoughts have already turned to open days.

Weather - a good place to start. Christmas week has given us a good cross section from crisp frosty mornings, warm sunny days, rain, rain and more rain and today wet, foggy and general uck. No wonder we all have colds and feel pretty low.

As its quite in the garden there are jobs to be done which I am told are best done at this time of the year. One of these is to heavy prune the Box hedge, so Finn was given the go a head. We await the spring growth with fingers crossed.

Autumn has really set in now, the weather is a mis mach of sun, rain, high winds and dull overcast days, the Beech tree next to the house has showered us with nuts and fat Squirrels try to hop around the lawn.

Some five years ago we planted a Black Hamburg grape on the kitchen garden wall, last year we had a good crop and again this year, this year I noticed lot’s of Red Admiral butterflys (although photo only shows one) on the ripe grapes in the autumn sun.