Signs of spring

After all that snow, and various life and family stuff taking over a bit, I am pleased that there are some tiny signs of spring again.  The first daffodils have finally appeared in the bit at the back of the garden that gets the sun:

WP_20180313_16_24_07_Pro[1]I took the chance of this slight springishness to prune the autumn fruiting raspberries, to bravely, sow a few salad seeds under a cloche and plant out a couple of broad bean plants in the cardboard covered raised bed.  It really is too cold out there to expect much to happen outside but the overwintered broad beans and onions do seem to be clinging on so maybe these little things will do ok.

To keep my seed sowing fingers busy  I also sowed my tomato and chilli seeds indoors in a propagator.  Long experience tells me that this is still probably too early but you have to start some time.

Meanwhile I have set in motion a long-delayed plan to get rid of the excessive conifers at the back of the garden.  This has taken forever, partly because of family resistance, partly because of a severe cash shortage the last time I had to time to think about it and partly out of sheer inability to get round to it.  But now the family resistance has been (mostly) worn down, funds are available to get a proper tree surgeon to do the work and a window of time opened in my life in the last couple of weeks enabling me to spend the whole five minutes or so that it took to send a couple of emails and arrange for a quotation.  Now I just need to wait for them to come and do the work… and more to the point, plan what to do with the space.  That’s where it gets exciting. Removing the conifers ought to open up a lot of space and light and possibly a site for a much coveted greenhouse – though that may have to wait until next year.  In the mean time I will need to do something about the boundary between my garden and the one behind it.

Behind the conifers there is a very sad privet hedge, dividing my garden from the neighbours.  My hope is that this hedge will regenerate given enough care but I think it will need a bit of help in making the garden reasonably private.  I’m thinking something like climbing things such as honeysuckle, climbing roses and clematis, and this year some annuals such as sweet peas and nasturtiums.  It’s all a little bit exciting.  If you have any suggestions for how best to rejuvenate a garden boundary containing a tired privet hedge, without removing it, replacing it with a fence, spending a lot of money and certainly not planting new conifers, do let me know


4 thoughts on “Signs of spring

  1. This does sound exciting. I think you’ve already had the good idea – honeysuckle, clematis and wild roses sound wonderful.

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