Monthly Musings from Moors Meadow
We may not have had any of the white stuff falling from the sky but we have had enormous drifts of Snowdrops which means masses of white to brighten the days but no blocked lane or paths to scrape. What is extraordinary this year is the height of the Snowdrops as the shorter varieties are about the usual size of the Giant Snowdrops and the Giants are about 15 inches high, almost double the normal height. Even more surprising is that there are bees on them.
In fact a wander around the garden shows lots of treasures in flower including Daffodils, Rhododendrons, Scilla and Iris along with bulbs coming up where we had forgotten we had planted bulbs and all the lovely and varied Hellebores. I had better not say that we have ordered yet more bulbs and are waiting in anticipation of their arrival, the trouble is that we cannot remember where we were going to plant them.
Back to the Snowdrops and it will soon be time to part some to replant in other areas but again the conundrum is just where to plant them as there are so few places left with space to plant.
I am poised to do the late winter pruning and give the grass garden a good tidy but rather than getting stuck into one of those jobs and cracking on to finish it before I start the other I really must force myself to do the sensible thing and alternate about an hour at each. I know it is a difficult concept me being sensible but needs must as the poor ole back just isn’t up to spending too long bending. There are quite a few other jobs which need attention but it is not advisable to walk on some areas of the garden until they have dried out a bit. I have just finished attacking a Rose which has rambled over an Apple tree and was trying to muscle its way into neighbouring trees. I have contained it to the Apple and cut out any dead though it is not easy to distinguish live from dead with the bright sky as background. I am certainly not complaining about the bright sky, I hope we have more of them than the uniform grey of late.
We find ourselves with an embarrassment (the new group name for lots of Squash) of large Squash and we are not sure how much longer they will store so we decided to cut some into pieces and see how they freeze. They can be used for soup of pies when we have “the thin time” with not many vegetables available.
I am hoping that March will see the achievement of completing a lot of odd jobs which have been on the “to do” list for some time now. It is always a good feeling to cross jobs off the list but the problem is that many more go on to replace the ones done. I did have a few house jobs on the list too but they keep getting shunted down near the bottom as I am loath to spend much time indoors.
Plant of the Month: Scilla siberica - Siberian Squill
There are about 94 species of these bulbs which are native to Europe, Asia and Africa. They are very good at naturalizing and spread quickly to form a sea of blue or white which look great under trees or shrubs as well as in flower beds or lawns. They are about 6ins ( 15cm) tall and the foliage dies soon after they finish flowering. Propagate by division of bulbs or by seed.
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