Those sneaky spring bulbs are taking their chance to make a bid for freedom. I don’t know, a week or two of plus-zero weather and they get all over excited.
Finished tidying the last two boxes that I avoided due to last week’s inclement weather. If I’d have opened a window they might have been blown in! So the long-gone Lobelia are now no more and various rotten Dianthus have been cut right back. I was tempted just to remove them but decided to leave them there and see what happens in the spring. They are supposed to be good for a couple of years so the BBC say and there’s nothing lost if they don’t come again and need removed later.
In general one of two of the pansies have done really well whereas others have simply struggled along. They’ll get planted earlier and more profusely next Autumn and see if that helps. The cyclamen are doing pretty nicely although in one box they’re gently failing. I’m a bit surprised by this as they get the best of the low winter sun here whereas the ones with just diffuse light have done pretty well. Think there’s a little lesson in there.
The one thing that’s causing my consternation at the moment is the difference in drainage for each of the boxes. One or two of them get really soaked when it rains simply due to their positioning and the prevailing winds. Once they’re wet they just don’t seem to dry out at all. Perhaps it’s the lack of plants or the make-up of the soil, although they were all filled with the same stuff.
Anyway, any excuse to get the powertools out. I spent a half hour or so drilling another few holes in the bottom of the containers. Knowledgable gardeners are probably shaking their collective heads right now in recognition of a fundamental error. But it’s done now and we’ll see if it makes any difference. I just can’t think that it’s doing anyone any good for the planters to be so soggy, especially when the deep frosts return (which I’m positive they will).
As ever, any advice is gratefully received.