February Flies By

Brassicas released from their fleece are now under fine mesh netting as the insects re-emerge.

In a month that has sent us snow, hail, severe frosts, flooding, rainbows, dramatic sunrises and sunsets and midteen-temperature sunshine, progress in the walled garden has continued steadily.

During the month, new strawberry plants have gone in, planted through black breathable membrane, Mypex. This fabric will encourage growth by warming up the soil and help to suppress weeds.  In fact we have been ‘Mypexing’ virtually every square inch of bare soil.

Weeding continues – where do they all come from?  We turned our backs (big mistake) over a couple of weeks and now we have everything: annuals, perennials, ephemerals.  However today the bees have been enjoying the tiny white flowers of the annoyingly spready chickweed (Stellaria media).  We forgive this one!

Lunch break in 18° in mid February sunshine

In the walled garden the temperature rose to 18 degrees which brought out one or two Red admiral butterflies and bees in this welcome sunshine.   A few dry days have enabled the first mow of the season – yes, the drone of the lawnmower has begun.

 

Simon says:

The successful formula for working together is approx. 30 metres. Sue on the cutting border and me on the brassica bed. And there’ll certainly be no vying for head gardener role – Sue’s a professional horticulturist and I’m not, but I am a bloke which means I can have lots of opinions on things I don’t know anything about.

Seed sowing of tomatoes and some salad and herb crops has begun.   Sue’s Alpine Garden Society and Scottish Rock Garden Club alpine seed allocation were sown in January to expose them to cold to aid germination. 

 

Early February, weeds’n’all, in the kitchen garden – 30m is a safe distance for harmony, says Simon

Breathtaking drifts of snowdrops and aconites in woodland outside the walled garden

Bellflower Nursery is having a makeover ready for the new season, which launches in mid March.  We are bringing on the best range of plants ever!

To contact Sue and Simon, please email: campanulas@btinternet.com or phone 07879 644958

Bellflower Nursery, The Walled Garden, Langham Hall, Langham, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP31 3EE