A little time goes a long way



This weekend has been particarly busy with my eldest’s 19th birthday and decorating  my youngest’s bedroom ready for new fitted wardrobes.  However, I did manage to get about an hour all told  in  the garden to get my theraputic fix. There is so much to d at this time of year especially as it has been very difficult to get into the garden over recently weekends due to the snow and cold.  So what to do first?

Well I had received a lovely package from Plants of Distinction with some seeds which I had ordered earlier in tthe week.  As some of them such as the Bergonias need starting off asap at at high temperatures I  decided to set up my window sill propogator and to start sowing the first batch of seeds of the year. Sowed Begonias, Verbenas, Nemisias, Eryginiums, scented leaf Geraniums.  Its very saitsfying  to see the little trays of seeds each with its own clear plastic lid.

Then, what to do next? I also needed to write my article for Yellow Pages and this meant that I had to come up with something seasonal along with an appropriate photo.  Having looked through my gardening advice books I was reminded that I  should have pruned my Cornus bushes in order to promote new stems with strongly coloured bark for next winter.  I set to and decided that instead of cutting the whole shrubs back hard that I would leave one or two of the newer tall thin stems.  I had read that my doing this the plant may produce flowers and the plant will be stronger.  The above shrub ended up with only three stems left but I do think it looks so much better. Photo dutifully taken for Yell.com post where I shall do a more detailed description of pruning dogwoods.

Hopefully, next weekend I will get abit more time to try and complete some of the work that needs doing.  I have tidying up to  do, plants to move, borders to redesign, seeds to sow, summer bulbs to plant, seedlings to pot up etc etc!!!

Author: Helen Johnstone

I live in Malvern, Worcestershire and am a very keen gardener. I started the Patient Gardener Blog in January 2008 as a way of recording what was happening in my garden and connecting with other like-minded people. I started a second blog PatientGardener 365 January 2013 in order to try and post a photo a day to capture what is growing in my garden or places I have visited

3 thoughts on “A little time goes a long way”

  1. Dear Helen, You are so right. At this time of year there are so many jobs to be done, many of which always seem to take rather longer than the time one had set aside for them. Still, as you point out with regard to your Cornus, there is something very satisfying about pruning and then seeing work well done.

  2. I’ve suddenly got seeds I sowed in flats last July/August showing up! Some are total mysteries – it’s great fun. I’m really wimpy at pruning, except when I’m in the mood then I’m a demon with secateurs!

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