I am well aware that posts have been appearing less frequently on this blog recently, which can be put down purely to the weather being more conducive to outdoor gardening jobs. Although indoor seed sowing has continued at great pace, the ‘production line’ that starts with the ‘contraption’ next to the Aga necessitates speedy removal from house to greenhouse as soon as germination takes place, with pricking out of seedlings once the first true leaves appear. Space being at a premium in this bumper sowing month, seeds sown directly into cells are now being nurtured in the back sitting room which, with the French windows, gets more light than the kitchen. With the exciting process of seeds popping up at differing intervals, vigilance is critical!
Having planted out all recent plant acquisitions, when not required for seed monitoring duties, my attention has instead turned to those ‘little jobs’ in the garden which were now a pleasure to do, particularly given the glorious day we had on Thursday when warmth from the sun was distinctly detectable. Along with tidying away spent pots and grubbing out some of the most glaringly obvious weeds, a further tiled edging was added to the back of the bronze heuchera bed to enable membrane and slate chippings to be added which, apart from neatening what currently looks like a scrubby collection of heuchera, will have the added advantage of helping to retain moisture in the bed which has a tendency to dry out as it slopes ever-so-slightly:
Little jobs, however, have a tendency to beget more little jobs, and as the tiles used for the above project had been cut in half I decided to use the remaining halves, with their ‘nibs’, for a decorative feature, replacing the slate chippings in this triangular gap with tiles on edge – which necessitates purchasing more tiles…and so it goes on. So if you don’t hear much from me this coming week, I shall be ‘In the Garden’.