Posted in Ambitious Border, dahlias, garden, perennials, tagged blackcurrant, cloches, hostas, mowing, Planning a weekend, sowing, tomatoes, weeding on April 26, 2012|
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- Pack up loads of plants from the windows of the apartment and bring them up to the garden.
- Dig a hole for that poor blackcurrant that has been lingering on top of the ground – yet surviving – for nearly a year now…
- Mow the lawn/jungle if and when the weather is suitably dry.
- Plant up pots in the courtyard.
- Weed the Ambitious Border and the Evening Border.
- Sow the vegetable garden.
- Build ad hoc cloches for the tomatoes and dahlias.
- Divide and plant the hostas from my mother’s garden that have overwintered in a pot in the courtyard.
- Wash all the bedlinen to get that musty winter smell out of them.
- Take at least one outing on the fjord in my kayak.
It’s a tall order, but if I get just half of it (okay, two thirds!) done I’ll be happy enough.
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Posted in City Life, cuttings, dahlias, seeds, spring, window gardening, tagged dahlia tubers, dogwood, home, potting, seedlings, tomatoes on April 4, 2012|
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No, this is not going to be another post about what it looks like when I work from home, surrounded by vases of blooming forsythias or whatever. This is about REAL work, the kind that will produce visible, tangible results in the garden.
There is a large table in the bathroom that would probably be ideal for changing nappies if you had a baby, but since we don’t I have put it to other use:
I use it as a work surface for sowing seeds and potting up cuttings, and then the results are transferred to the windows around the apartment, especially the bedroom window since this is the window that gets the most sun (from dawn to around 1pm). The sitting room windows get slightly less sun, so I use those mainly for cuttings and for growing on tubers and roots.
This is what I currently have growing in the apartment (with a few omissions because there were pots I forgot I had tucked away):
As you can see I’m cheating by starting off the dahlia tubers in the apartment. This is because the slugs love them, and I figure a larger plant will be more able to survive a slug attack than a completely new shoot. There are also dahlia seedlings, pots with dahlia seed that has yet to make an appearance and – because the tubers grow so happily – a small pot with three dahlia cuttings that so far look like they will survive.
There are also two pots with tomato seeds and of course a tray of sweet peas. (And a box of DEGT seed – Don’t Even Go There – i.e. Zantedeschi Aethiopica with a germination period up to 3 months…)
And in the back of the dining table you can see a vase of dogwood branches that have rooted in the water. The variegated foliage is still pretty and adds a touch of spring to the apartment, but more importantly the roots are well-developed and eventually I will cut the branches back to only a couple of leaves and then plant them out in the hedgerow. I’m sure they will be happy there, and with dogwood there’s never even question about whether it will survive.
I do wish I could go out into the garden every afternoon after work, but since that’s not an option I do enjoy being able to get things going in the apartment, even though it will be a nightmare to transport everything up to the garden by bus and metro and train and bus…
(Oh, and tomorrow I’m flying over to the Flâneur Husband in Aberdeen and will be returning on Sunday with a suitcase full of three small rhododendrons that I will then plant in the garden on Monday… It seems silly in a way to move plants that far, but on the other hand they’ve brought him so much joy during his expatriation that I think it’s perfectly sensible to bring them to Denmark so he can continue to enjoy them.)
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