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Anteprima of Spring

Spring IS coming again this year, my garden told me so. We are having magnificent weather, bright and sunny, several drops in night-time temperatures but milder than last year. I have all this interesting information because I keep an R.H.S 5-year diary, fantastic invention. You can check what you’re likely to see , what’s early, what’s late what’s right on time. You can also hopefully correct a few of your last year’s mistakes!

I’ve also started combing through my “What happens each month, what to do each month”books. And I decided to put together a combination of the expert advice, the only problem with THAT brilliant idea is that I got a really long list of things”to do in January”.My idea had been to take out a book, sit in a sunny place near the Sarcococca (moved especially for this purpose) and just breathe in the inebriating perfume! Instead I find myself on my knees scratching about among the leaves which are supposed to suppress the weeds. It’s a gardener’s eternal mystery why weeds can get through ANY barrier you present them with.

I’ve also started growing seeds. I had great success last year with my Cosmos seeds, so I’m starting this new adventure. At the moment just Saxifrage and Parsley. I was shocked at the price of the saxifrage plants in the nurseries so I bought what I expected to be a root from my usual suppliers. It turned out to be ONE SEED. That’s right ,one single, wildly expensive seed. So now the lonely, minuscule, almost invisible thing is luxuriating in love and TLC.

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