SOS 14/3/20

As the world begins to lockdown, the garden couldn’t honestly be a better place to spend one’s time, could it? Here in our garden, we’ve finally had a decent rain which has lifted everything along and despite that the borders are all dried and crisp on the edges, basically shutting down, plants are happier, as if they too can see hope for next spring.

The odd one or two are having a floral burst, having not flowered at all through summer.

And the cosmos, bless it, has popped up from last year’s seeds. That really surprised me!

The first of winter’s hellebores are flowering and yet we haven’t really started autumn yet.

Likewise, Spring’s anemones are bursting from the soil.

The veggie garden has been an absolute star, filling the house and freezer with largesse. I’ve cooked like mad and there are soups, savoury flans, savoury loaves and pies and given the possibility that we may have to go into a 14 day isolation by choice or necessity, then all that home grown and home cooked food will come in very handy. We also have 3 households to feed through these strained times, so we made a decision to keep the veggie garden going as long as we can (we normally put it down to a green crop in autumn) and planted out more snowpeas, varieties of lettuces, Asian greens, carrots, spinach and beetroot. We are still digging Kipfler potatoes and have yet to break into our parsnips, so we won’t starve.

And finally, my little cutting of that gorgeous white climbing rose from my dog walks had been dying, thanks to summer’s cruelties. Now, after rain and a decline in wind, it has put a bud. Who knows? We might just make it!

*And just for interest, we had purchased tickets for the Melbourne International Garden Festival (Australia’s Chelsea). Due to fly over in ten days. It was cancelled yesterday.


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