We all know that feeling that the neighbour is probably further along in spring preparations, right? Well, I have the excuse that my neighbour has bigger gardening tools than me. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking with it! No matter what it’s nice to see the spring sowing has begun – soon the fields will be green again.
I’m still sifting through the soil of my vegetable garden and the project is coming along slowly, but nicely. Tradition has it that potatoes should be in the ground before Good Friday so I’m working to a deadline! I think I’ll make it, though – or just about. Still, I’d rather be a few days late according to tradition than not get done with removing weed roots.
Speaking of weeds… The fritillaria imperialis that’s rampant in a corner of my lawn is getting ready to put on a fireworks display. The tallest stems are 1 metre (just over 3’3″) and will probably grow a bit taller still. They’re lovely in that spot – a bit out of the way, so they don’t seem quite as imposing as when you get up close, and of course the smell is kept from the areas of the garden that I mainly use. (God, that smell… They really stink when there’s a large group of them like this!)
I do have a few of them in the border next to the main garden path, so they need to be moved to where they do no harm – where they can spread and be glorious, but not make me hold my nose…
Other weeds in the lawn on a smaller scale includes this little clump of yellow anemones.
I like how there are all sorts of things growing in my lawn, from 3ft explosions to little 3-inch treats you have to bend down to truly appreciate. There are even a few tulips, though they really DO look out of place and will probably be moved once I see what colour they are – I don’t remember from last spring… It makes the lawn more interesting to have all these little surprises coming up, and it’s definitely worth postponing the first mowing to allow these plants to flower and die down before the lawn becomes a lawn again.
(I’m adding to it myself, of course, dotting spring bulbs here and there and moving violets from obscure corners out into the open…)
So there. That’s all for now. A praise for flowers in the lawn!