Everything is busy growing in the garden, and all i really have to do (“all”, she sais) is to sow things at the right time, prick things out at the right time, plant things at the right time and water at the right time. and feed. that’s basically what being a gardener is about: management. enabling the plants to do their business, namely: growing.

I’ve been trying to get out into the garden almost every day. It does make a difference and i feel so much better. Even just pottering, moving things in case of frost, pricking things out, planting and watering is healing for the soul. Yesterday i moved some aqualegias – these had grown wild from seed that probably drifted across from a neighbour’s garden, who also grows them. Aqualegias have the most gorgeous delicate flowers, in multiple colours and styles, but the seeds do drift and if you don’t nab the seedheads you will get wild sown ones springing up in the garden. They also have a long taproot, which meant that digging them up from where they had wild sown (right against the wall) was difficult, and one i broke beyond use, sadly. I got three out though, and i’ve planted them next to my existing aqualegia which came from mum a few years ago (and is going great guns in bed 5). Mum’s promised me some more, so with luck i’ll have lots of pretty delicate flowers in the garden this year to make me smile. They were originally growing in the front – well, i wouldn’t call it a garden, its a dumping area, full of rubbish, but which also has rhodendrons in, year round, but little else, so no one was going to object to me “stealing” the aqualegias. (I also cut some of the rhodie flowers for the house. They do look gorgeous.)

Aqualegia - this is the one that mum gave me a few years ago.

Aqualegia - this is the one that mum gave me a few years ago.

I also sowed a whole bunch of seeds yesterday. Herbs in the window mini greenhouse (the kind that comes with a clear lid), and cukes in a couple of pots, double bagged in the cold frame. I think i’ve only got a few flower varieties to sow now, and french beans, and then its just keeping ontop of all the successional sowing.

I also took a whole bunch of pictures of everything growing in the garden. Something else I’ve realised, just the other day, is that with the “dip”, i’d stopped taking photographs and doing anything creative and i think this was responsible too for feeling so down. Something to remember for the future, i think: keeping my mental health “up” relies on exploring and indulging in my creative side as well as getting out into the fresh air (and gardening, lets face it, is 80% management, 5% frustration, and 15% creativity!).

Anyway. Photos behind the cut. I’ve also done some as photo-a-day’s, backdated, so feel free to look back through them (or i will do them after this blog post).  And i’ve some news to share – but that’s for another blog post!

Nasturtiums - as soon as all risk of frost has gone, ill be planting these out into the soil all over the garden! The leaves and flowers are edible - the flowers make a lovely addition to a salad - and are so bright and cheerful. Hopefully ill have LOTS of flowers this year!

Nasturtiums - as soon as all risk of frost has gone, i'll be planting these out into the soil all over the garden! The leaves and flowers are edible - the flowers make a lovely addition to a salad - and are so bright and cheerful. Hopefully i'll have LOTS of flowers this year!

Asparagus Peas. These are now planted in one of the olive oil tubs next to the back door, along with some branches to twine up. Even if we dont get any pods (which im told taste like a cross between asparagus and a pea), the peas produce a lovely deep red flower that will be lovely by the back door.

Asparagus Peas. These are now planted in one of the olive oil tubs next to the back door, along with some branches to twine up. Even if we don't get any pods (which i'm told taste like a cross between asparagus and a pea), the peas produce a lovely deep red flower that will be lovely by the back door.

Broad beans (bunyards exhibition) in loo rolls. These are now planted out in Bed 4, where the greenhouse used to be. They should love the compost that i filled that bed with.

Broad beans ('bunyard's exhibition') in loo rolls. These are now planted out in Bed 4, where the greenhouse used to be. They should love the compost that i filled that bed with.

beetroot seedlings. I want to let these get a little bigger before pricking them out.

beetroot seedlings. I want to let these get a little bigger before pricking them out.

nasturtium seedlings. these were sowed a couple of weeks after the first batch you saw, and are a tall variety - i plan to grow these up against the fence.

nasturtium seedlings. these were sowed a couple of weeks after the first batch you saw, and are a "tall" variety - i plan to grow these up against the fence.

nigella - or love-in-a-mist - seedlings

nigella - or love-in-a-mist - seedlings

sweetpea seedlings

sweetpea seedlings

radish seedlings. Im growing three kinds in large pots - french breakfast, scarlet globe and ostergruss, which is a purple variety that looks rather like a carrot.

radish seedlings. I'm growing three kinds in large pots - french breakfast, scarlet globe and ostergruss, which is a purple variety that looks rather like a carrot.

aqualegia plants around the log (and a geranium, with crocuses in the foreground, nettles (dying, from weedkiller) and a sedum in the background). This is in bed 5, underneath the trees.

aqualegia plants around the log (and a geranium, with crocuses in the foreground, nettles (dying, from weedkiller) and a sedum in the background). This is in bed 5, underneath the trees.

bluebells

bluebells

strawberry flowers.. this means strawberries! Omnomnomnom...

strawberry flowers.. this means strawberries! Omnomnomnom...

blackcurrant flowers. I love the way theyre so delicate.

blackcurrant flowers. I love the way they're so delicate.

Lavender seedlings. These came from Lidl, i didnt grow them, although i have got some lavender seeds i intend to grow as well.

Lavender seedlings. These came from Lidl, i didn't grow them, although i have got some lavender seeds i intend to grow as well.

marigold seedlings. These are the african variety, i have seeds for the french variety as well, which i intend to sow and grow.

marigold seedlings. These are the african variety, i have seeds for the french variety as well, which i intend to sow and grow.

geranium in a small pot. im not quite sure why im growing these as i actually dont like the smell the leaves give off when you brush past them, but i like the flowers. Ill just have to put them somewhere where i dont brush past them.

geranium in a small pot. i'm not quite sure why i'm growing these as i actually don't like the smell the leaves give off when you brush past them, but i like the flowers. I'll just have to put them somewhere where i don't brush past them.

courgette plants. these are in the cold frame. I think ive two of kojak (dark green straight conventional courgette) and one ball (a round green courgette), with one each of gold rush (yellow straight courgette) and black forest (a green, straight courgette, but was last years much vaunted climbing variety. Which doesnt climb, im told...)

courgette plants. these are in the cold frame. I think i've two of 'kojak' (dark green straight conventional courgette) and 'one ball' (a round green courgette), with one each of 'gold rush' (yellow straight courgette) and 'black forest' (a green, straight courgette, but was last year's much vaunted "climbing" variety. Which doesn't climb, i'm told...)

tomato seedling

tomato seedling

and just to show that even i have problems with some plants (gods, especially me)... heres a rather poorly looking tomato seedling, a couple of them are looking like this - all but one of the same variety, tumbling tom red. Ive asked on the grapevine as to what might be causing it (or whether im just a worrywart) and consensus is its probably caused by having the window open at night, and the plants being too cold. Theyll perk up and get tougher. Tomatoes are sulky little plants at the best of times...

and just to show that even i have problems with some plants (gods, especially me)... here's a rather poorly looking tomato seedling, a couple of them are looking like this - all but one of the same variety, 'tumbling tom red'. I've asked on the grapevine as to what might be causing it (or whether i'm just a worrywart) and consensus is its probably caused by having the window open at night, and the plants being too cold. They'll perk up and get tougher. Tomatoes are sulky little plants at the best of times...

and finally a shot of some of the rhodie flowers i cut from the front garden...

and finally a shot of some of the rhodie flowers i cut from the front "garden"...

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