Saturday, 11 May 2013

Blossom, Blooms & Buckets of Slugs

I finally feel as though the cobwebs of winter have been dusted off as there’s lush green growth all around and I have seeds bursting out all over the place, with many more still to sow (everything is late!).  Little is in its final position however and progress has been slow both in the garden and at the plot what with the increasingly long working hours; running your own business is actually a lot harder than I thought previously!  The past few weeks have been refreshing somewhat though as with the longer evenings and the temporary uplift in the typically dreary Welsh weather, we’re back to rain now, I have been able to get a lot more done.

The garden is looking full and green interspersed with the reds and pinks of apple blossom, peachy/orange of Quince, the blues and purples of bluebells and pulmonaria and sprinklings of white with alpine strawberries and Viburnum.  The Alliums are standing proud and tall and it looks as though we’re in for quite a treat!  That’s if the slugs and snails don’t eat everything first!  

When tidying up the garden a few weeks ago I noticed that my large clumps of Miscanthus ‘Yakushima Dwarf’ were harbouring slugs, snails and bugs abound.  Many writers and bloggers have noted how the cold and wet may have knocked population but in this garden I don’t think there has been much of an impact at all.  As anyone who has read this blog over the years may have noticed, the battle with slugs and snails is never ending, as I'm sure most are familiar with in their own gardens, and I’m always open to new suggestions on how to battle them effectively.  I recently came across an article from The Telegraph written by Toby Buckland, which shows his somewhat gruesome way of farming nematodes.  I’m not entirely convinced on this method but I’d be willing to hear if anyone has tried this or if there is any evidence to prove this right.  I may just stick with my current methods though.

In other news: 

  • Tulips have now replaced Daffodils on the hall table as the "in-season" bouquet.  
  • I’m very impressed with my new Fiskars secateurs – very sexy, comfortable to use and possibly a rival to my Felcos.  

Competition news:  

Friday, 10 May 2013

Ryan's Garden Spring Competition

Spring is here although it did get off to quite a slow start.  Right now it's taken a little step back what with the new wave of cold winds and heavy showers but is there hope for a sizzling June, July and August? 

Whether it’s a barbecue summer or a total washout, our friends at Subscription Save have your gardening needs covered.  The publishers of The English Garden, Country Smallholding, Your Chickens and many other titles, want to share the love by offering Jane Cumberbacth's Pure Outside Style book or a Burgon & Ball kneelo to 10 lucky readers

To enter the competition just make a guess as to how the year will pan out - “bbq summer” or “total washout”.  Enter your prediction in the comments box at the bottom of this post for your chance to win. There's no right or wrong answer when it comes to your entry, it's just a bit of fun!
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Terms and conditions: This competition closes at 23.59 on 24.05.2013. Any entries received after this time will not be counted. If for any reason the particular prize is out of stock then an appropriate alternative will be sought. Entrants must be UK residents aged 18 years or older to enter.  By entering this competition you agree and consent to your name being published and your details being sent to the prize giving company.  By taking part in the competition, entrants are deemed to have read, understood and accepted all of the Terms and Conditions and agreed to be bound by them. The winner will be selected at random and will be announced here on the blog.  
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