Having done a major tidy-up/killing spree before the holidays and taken some time over the last two weekends to remove the last of the autumn plants, it’s just about care and maintenance at the moment. As well as a time to take stock and plan for summer (which feels very far off at the moment)
It’s dark both as I leave during the week and when I get home so the weekend is the only time to have a good look at what’s going on. And sometimes what you see isn’t that pretty.
As the pic (right) shows not everything is rosy in the garden at this time of year. A pansy being knocked around in the wind (note to self: use a quicker shutter speed!) a couple of very scrappy dianthus and waterlogged soil. So much for simple controllable growing conditions.
When I started this blog I wanted it to honestly record the ups and downs of gardening in window boxes. There are lots of beautiful pictures of flowers and gardens on the web and masses of sites with good advice on what to do right. I wanted to admit to the failures, the screw-ups and mistakes in the hope that I, and others, might have a chance of not making the same errors. Hence pictures of frost-damaged cyclamen and near-dear dianthus.
Hopefully this will make the summer’s spectacularly colourful display all the more satisfying!