Mild and sunny this Easter Saturday and so we got out and did things in the garden – rather unexpectedly early in the season. There is still a small patch of snow in a shady corner.

J has made a start on collecting the pots of overwintered lily bulbs and is busy potting them up in fresh compost on show pots where they will grow on for display later in the summer. the winter pots are sunk up to their rims in a holding bed and when they were lifted today we found a layer of solid ice underneath them – the ground has a lot of warming to do before anything gets planted.

Now that the old maple has been removed (see previous post) the area that was originally intended, many years ago, to be a small vegetable plot but which was overshadowed too much is now going to come into its own. About a third of it has acquired some fine blackcurrant bushes but the rest will do fine for salads and tomatoes this year … once it has been turned over. hard and heavy work, but a start has been made.

Gardening is a lot of fun. Sixteen years ago this plot was basically not much more than boring grass but now it’s a proper garden. very satisfying.

The last snows of winter

The last snows of winter

Potting up lily bulbs

Potting up lily bulbs

Digging the new vegetable beds

Digging the new vegetable beds

The garlic bulbs planted in the fall are already showing above ground.

The garlic bulbs planted in the fall are already showing above ground.