Another great week in the garden! We’ve had plenty of rain as well as warm sunny spells so seeds and vegetables are off to a good start. As I posted in ‘My Garden in Bloom – February‘ I am amazed by the number of cacti and succulents in bloom and it looks as if this will continue into March. Along with the Freesia, Daffodils and Jasmin our terrace is ablaze with colour.
1. Cold frame – an Unexpected Surprise
My old plastic cloches, after 15 years of service, are now end of life and we were looking to buy more. Imagine my delight when I drove past the local communal bins and discovered two aluminum window frames complete with glass! Needless to say the car was reversed, frames inspected and after some discussion we loaded our bounty in the boot. OH was straight up the local builders’ yard that afternoon to buy wood and the first cold frame was born. It is 50 x 100cm so the perfect size for my current batch of seedlings. What a lovely surprise OH made one of them so quickly!
The second frame will follow shortly.
The timber still needs to be painted but can wait until it is dry.
2. Growing Spinach in Containers – an Experiment
As the raised vegetable bed is now full and there are still peppers, tomatoes and okra to plant, I decided to attempt to grow spinach in a large container. I only want it to add to salad so hopefully this container should provide enough leaves.
I was delighted to see this little ladybird has taken up residence on my rose tree.
I’ve never seen one of these before. The picture is fuzzy because I did not know if it jumped like a cricket so there was camera wobble. Any idea what it is? Friend or foe?
4. Love at First Sight
I saw this plant (Euphorbia milii) and it was love at first sight because I love quirky plants. The next time I can get to a decent garden centre I am going to buy one.
Lichen – Good or Bad?
The jury is still out…
I’m told lichen in the garden is good because it means the air is pure.
However, any shrubs or trees where the lichen has attached itself to in our garden are dying so I’m not convinced.
Succulent Gardens in Pots
I love creating succulent gardens in pots. I knew there was some reason WHY I take so many succulent cuttings.
That’s my gardening six for this Saturday. Why not pop over to the Propagator’s blog to check out other gardens.