So, I propose Texty Tuesday (we have Wordless Wednesday so why not?) a short post about something you are doing, you saw, or an update perhaps have hesitated writing because you didn’t have ‘all the photos’. Some times failures come under this category as you may not want to show the ‘bad’ photos. However, others might like to read about what you did as they will learn from your post.
Below is my Texty Tuesday – if you have any thing you would like to share you could add it to the comments below and others can read them all together.
Over the weekend I had an epiphany;
The raised beds that I use all summer that were in enough sun to grow lots of vegetables are in full shade by now. The massive square of flats to the side of our house blocks all the sun into our garden from November to March. Add in the trees and the low sun in the sky and it is practically dark until at least Feb. That being said I realised I can utilise the space where I cannot grow vegetables in the winter (such as where the tomatoes were) to grow spring bulbs. They will grow and be done flowering by the time it is warm/sunny enough to plant out courgette and tomatoes so I might as well take advantage of that.
I ordered 120 tulips; a meagre amount I know but I could only choose from the early flowering type as I want to be able to move them to the allotment to die down and I don’t want them to be still flowering when the tomatoes and courgette are ready to plant.
That is the second part of the epiphany; I will dig them up when the flowers are done or cut inside and then move them to the allotment to spend the rest of their days in full sun until they die down for storage. The allotment will not be in full swing by then so there will be room for some pots.
I also bought a range of other bulbs – Crocus to be planted out in the grass and also in amongst the peonies as they will bloom and finish before the peony get too dense. Alliums for height and cyclamen for the shade (now) and some honey lily because they were quite impressive (the ones that weren’t dug up by the squirrels).
I also bought a cutting mix of tulips for the allotment to plant underneath the fruit trees – to beautify the allotment.
I still have to decide on which daffodils to get for the front garden – nothing nicer than coming home to spring flowers when it is still cold and grey outside.
So, that is the plan and I am sticking with it; I am sure I will still buy more tulips for later in the season for permanent planting in the opposite side of the garden (the ‘not quite sure what I am doing with this yet’ bit). I am thinking of filling the whole thing with bulbs that flower throughout the year.
Have a lovely Tuesday and don’t a stream of photos stop you from letting us know what you are up to. Looking forward to hearing it.