The lesser celandine is back with a vengeance in my garden and I’m trying my hardest to ignore it knowing that it will dissolve into the soil at the end of April.
But I really resent the fact that it’s competing with the Fritillaria meleagris bulbs planted in autumn near the garden tap to ensure damp soil.
The chequered bells emerged a few days ago and are really lovely but spoilt by the mass of green groundcover that they now have to push through. Sorry Monty Don but I don’t share your love of celandines, well not in a small town garden.
I used up the last of the gooseberries from the freezer in Dennis Cotter’s gooseberry and elderflower parfait thetimes.co.uk I am giving this fruit one last summer then I’m very tempted to rid the bed of two quite large shrubs that yield a kilo of fruit between them and most of which sits in the freezer for nine months. I could buy that amount and devote the space to produce that can be consumed for weeks or even months on end.
The huge blackberries, Black Butte-Floricane, were also in the freezer and were picked last October from a friend’s garden. This variety can produce up to 5 kg of fruit per plant when established.
More early potatoes were slotted in at the end of two long beds at the weekend: two rows of Charlotte and 2 rows of Maris Piper. I love new potatoes and they crop relatively early leaving space for repeat sowing of beetroot, spinach, salad leaves and lettuce in July.
There’s a very subtle scent from the Clematis armandii ‘Snowdrift’ climbing through the railings up the steps. It was planted last autumn in a large terracotta pot which I packed with bubble wrap in the hopes of keeping the roots cool. It starts as a very pretty creamy-green bud and then opens to a pure white flower with white stamens.
The Tulipa turkestanica are also in flower so I picked a couple for a blue glass vase…
A pot of Forget-me-Not at this time of year is a definite reminder that spring is here…