April has seen sun, showers and wind, making for an interesting month in the garden. We’re also full into lockdown now, so it’s difficult to get plants and seeds at the moment (and even those you do get don’t always survive the slightly longer delivery times). So this month has required some quick thinking to replace plants which haven’t done well or which didn’t take at all. I also got a new toy this month, in the form of a new camera lens, so we shall have a wee chat about that too.
I’m actually going to start at the end, I know a bit weird, but I’m so excited to share the garden with you guys that I just can’t wait. It’s looking AMAZE BALLS! It’s just bursting with colour and life and sitting out over the last few days in the sunshine has been the best thing ever, we even had a sneaky wee beer on Friday in the appropriately named beer garden (the sunny spot at the back).
I think that spot is the one that gets me most excited. The clematis we planted last year have floured this year, great big white blooms against that dark orangey-red fence. From the kitchen window, it just pops.
The thing is… it’s only taken a few weeks (3 to be exact) for the garden to suddenly look astounding. I posted this pic on Instagram at the end of March, it just looks so sad.
So now that I’ve got that out of the way, I can calm down now and take you for a wee wander through April. Starting with the new macro photography lens I bought. Macro is the type of photography where you photograph really small things, you probably see this most often used to photograph insects and flowers… sound like me 🙂 So I’ve started playing with this a little. Not as much as I’d like because even the smallest breeze means it’s near impossible to get a photo in focus but it’s given me something to work on on the quiet days. Nothing outstanding yet, but I am particularly proud of the photo of a wee bee on one of our chairs.
There have been some garden experiments going on too, blame lockdown internet boredom but I kept wondering about how those great big tables covered in capillary matting worked. You know the ones I mean, the ones you see from the massive professional nurseries who obviously have way too many plants in pots to go around with a watering can. So the bored internet surfing went full-on research (cause, you know…) and by mid-April, I had myself a fully working capillary bed at the back of the greenhouse. It’s turned out to be a fabulous addition. I have so many little pots with baby plants at the moment that it is just making my life so much easier, the bed is doing a lot of the hard work for me, and the basil love it. I had one small basil plant on there and the others in a seed tray to the side. The one plant (to rule them all) was lush and vibrant green whereas the others were a little one the yellow side ( what we call peely wally). I moved all the plants onto the large capillary bed and within days I had 10 beautiful dark green basil plants. It’s my new favourite experiment.
So with our industrious natures rewarded, we kept going. April has been a busy month. With the new basil plants and my tarragon and dill coming on, we realised we’d better get our herbs sorted before it was too late. As I mentioned before, the current situation wasn’t working and a planter was in dire need of replacement. Kate to the rescue and cue my lovely new herb planter, a new home for the existing plants and some new ones when it’s time. This was created out of some smaller planters Kate has created previously, just repurposed. We had intended on building a whole new planter, but with it being a bit difficult to get wood etc just now, we went for the make do and mend approach and repurposed some bits and pieces that were in need of a new sparkle.
Just in writing this up for you guys and looking through photos, we’ve realised, we forgot the sage… we have no sage this year. No…. how will we make sage butter for our pasta? Shocking!
Now I know you are all dying to hear about Jim (every year we pick one seedling and name them to make it easier to follow their progress) and find out how he is going. Well I can happily say, he’s a wee bit bigger.
So, this year’s baby Jim was born on the 28th March
Awwww so tiny. He did get bigger though and on the 29th March, he got some siblings (I always plant back ups so that I can almost guarantee at least one healthy plant).
On April 20th he was starting to look like a tomato plant.
And look at him now.
Oh and before we shoot off, we need to ask for a wee bit of help. We have this gorgeous little plant spreading through the bed at the back of the garden and we’ve lost the tag and I didn’t record it in my journal. So we have no idea what it is. Can anyone help? We bought it at Pentland plants, so maybe one of you guys can help?
So we are going to leave you guys there and head off into May, hoping that this lovely weather will stay with us. For those of you missing your outdoor time and living vicariously through us, let us leave you with two videos. The first one, some much-needed bird tweeting and goldfinches in our garden and the second, a more in-depth walk around the garden with me.