Here on the south-eastern coast of Ireland, we’ve had a stunningly beautiful week. Bringing warm sunshine and dry with light winds, it was the complete opposite of what I’ve come to know as Paddy’s Parade Weather. Trillions of insects are circling, the Ash tree is about to burst, and I can smell the wild garlic on my walks. Likely, there will be summer weeks ahead that will not match this one! In fact, after two long days in the garden on Tuesday and Wednesday I was searching for the after-sun cream. Paddy was a cute fella to have worn that pointy cardboard hat!
Here we go again for round two hundred and forty something of the ever-spreading Six-on-Saturday, an oasis of peace and calm for gardeners and others alike. Started by The Instigator back in 2017, it’s a great place to share what’s happening and what’s not happening, what’s working and what’s not.
It’s a very important time for me in the garden. Much of the preparation for the year ahead is done, but growth is slow and it would be
easy éasca to become impatient. I’d like growth to be quicker but realise that living in the moment is the only thing we’ve got. Here’s the current state of affairs this week, a blend of the beautiful, the hopeful and the downright ugly. It’s called life.
It’s a Success
Many of the cuttings taken last September have rooted. My guess is that about half of them are still
alive beo. I made a start during the week planting them in the little nursery section where they’ll grow on until the autumn. I’m freeing up space in the cold frame because in a few weeks time I’ll start the process of hardening off much of what’s growing in the glasshouse. It’s a horticultural musical chairs.
Yes, It’s a…. Umm?
This is unidentified as yet, but falls into the beautiful category for sure!
I think it’s very
strange ait that the name of certain plants just keep getting forgotten. I planted these two rockery plants back in 2016. I know where they were bought, and I even remember that it was Michael who served me on the day. A few months ago, someone here filled in the blank for me, but again the name is lost in that back left corner of my brain. That corner must be nearly full by now, and refuses to give up its secrets! Anyway, it has a nice flower and the plant looks healthy. I suppose I should give it a decent clip when flowering is finished, and find out how and when to propagate it. A few more at the other end of the rockery would be good.
Hold up… I’ve used PlantNet to help me with my memory loss. It thinks that the mystery plant is Iberis sempervirens. Also, I reached out to the Garden Tags community and, sure as spring follows winter, the identity is confirmed. Following on from my advice last Wednesday, I’ll be printing out a label.
Many of the Begonias that I overwintered have developed some sort of disease. They are soft and spongy, and it seems they will not survive. I’ve dumped those that seem to be worst affected. Maybe I just did not dry them off completely before packing them away?
I’m determined to figure out what’s going wrong. I’ve read about overwintering, but clearly I’m missing something. Also, to add to my confusion, there is conflicting advice. When I see how dry new corms are, I’m sure I need to work a lot more on the drying process, and maybe cleaning off soil. Would washing soil off and then drying them be a good idea? I’d be grateful for any advice. On a positive note, the latest batch arrived from Holland on Tuesday. Packed and inspected by Julia.
Julia has given me a discount voucher and anyone wanting it just needs to ask. Beidh fáilte romhat.
The first early potatoes, Home Guard, are in the ground. As you probably know, they’ve been sitting in egg cartons in the glasshouse for the past few weeks and growth has started. I’m advised to plant them with two or three shoots only. Any extra ones will be gently broken off. This is to ensure that the stalks that do grow will be stronger. That’s the theory anyway.
I have enough space only for nine plants, and the crop will be ready to harvest in the first half of June. Meanwhile, the main crop potatoes will be planted in early April. Again, I’ve only enough space for nine, but I’ve also got a few grow-bags and I’ll plant them up with a few more. It’s been about ten years since I grew potatoes, and I’m hoping that I know what I’m doing this time! Time for that back left to release its secrets.
We celebrated Saint Patrick’s Day during the week in a most unusual fashion for the second year in a row. Our national holiday, known worldwide, marks the arrival of Christianity to the island. The shamrock is one of the symbols of Ireland, so I bought a small piece to mark the occasion. Celebrations will be virtual again this year. I wonder will we be back jigging about and drinking Guinness publicly this time next year?
Hellebores Pink Lady
I’ll not forget this one! In fact there are three, bought in Blackwater in 2016, as recommended by Michael for a tricky spot near the glasshouse. I’ll not forget the name of this one because I like Pink Lady apples. They have seeded liberally among the gravel and I’ve got several little seedlings. It seems to me it would be good to put in another variety and see what sort of offspring would develop. Can you recommend a variety you like?
In keeping with my likeness for renaming a plant in memory of a person, I’m doing just that for Sarah Everard.
The Spring Eqinox occurs today at 9.37am. Day and night are
supposedly equal. Strangely, time from sunrise until sunset here today is actually 12h 11m, so it seems we are a little bit ahead of ourselves. There’s even better news next week as we’ll have an extra 28 minutes. Finally, the icing on the cake will be when the clocks move forward next Saturday. In total, an extra hour and a half. There will be after dinner gardening and cycling too. So much for living in the moment!
That’s my lot for this week, a cháirde. I’ll be back with more an Satharn seo chugainn. In the meantime, please visit Mr. Propagator’s garden blog where you can find many more Six on Saturday offerings from around the world, together with details of how to participate if that’s your thing. I hope you have a great week. Slán go fóill.