The Winter Garden is often ignored and I understand as it often wet, dark and cold at this time of year and the last thing you want to do is get into the garden to do jobs! However, getting outside in the winter is important for our health; it gives us a boost and keeps us fit. There are lots of jobs you can be getting on with in the garden in the Winter.
The weather went from 26 degrees yesterday here in Wiltshire to a chilly 14 degrees today with lots of rain! It feels Autumnal already so I thought I would share with you some of the jobs that I plan to do in the next few months in the garden.
The round-up this week is tinged with sadness as some of my vegetables are just not doing very well! My outdoor tomatoes had blight so I had to take them all out and burn them. In the same vegetable bed I have pumpkins and they have mildew! I have cut off all the affected leaves but I think it has already spread to the other bed. I think I’m going to hope that I can manage it until the pumpkins are ready to harvest. If any one has any suggestions though?
It’s been a few weeks since I posted about The Old House Garden. It goes so quickly! There have been lots of subtle changes in regards to growth of the plants we have and some larger changes too! We have enjoyed boiling hot and dry weather here in Wiltshire with rain coming in tomorrow. I have been using the water in the Water Butt to keep the garden looking gorgeous but we are in need of the rain that is forecast as the soil is so dry.
We have been planting out the vegetables this weekend. In our vegetable beds we have peas, beans, cucumbers, rhubarb and peppers. I also hope to plant out a pumpkin. In the greenhouse we have tomatoes.
The pond area is also looking lovely as the foxgloves are beginning to flower.
Finally, I took some photographs over the weekend which have come out really well. The first is a Clematis taken at night. It was illuminated by the lights and looked so pretty.
The other picture I love is my Meconopsis which is flowering in the old house garden! I am so thrilled as these are quite tricky to grow. There is only one at the moment but another is coming through! These small things make me happy!
I hope you all had a great weekend.
A few photos of the garden to share with you. The garden has changed so much during this past month. This is the second year that we have lived at the old house so it’s easy to forget what it looked like then! Do have a look at older posts to see more pictures.
I have finally begun to weed the older beds and mulched with bark. It’s a long process and I don’t want to be too tidy but this looks much better. I can also see when Hubbard the Hedgehog has visited as he likes to dig in the mulch!
The acid soil raised bed is planted up. We had lots of inspiration from visits to Exbury and Bowood. We now have Acer’s which I’m so pleased with!
The Tree Peony flowered which was beautiful. The bees loved it!
We put up the fence on the other side of the garden and I have planted 3 rambling roses in white and pink here which will look glorious once established.
We planted a new red currant bush along the dog proof fence and the rhubarb that we planted last year is growing happily.
Hubbie made a cucumber support so that we can still grow things underneath it. I planted those out today as I think the frosts are now passed. In the greenhouse we also have peas, tomatoes and peppers growing happily.
The alliums I planted as bulbs in October are beginning to appear. I had forgotten I had planted these so it’s so great to see them!
I have many Clematis in the garden but the Montana is looking splendid. I only planted this last Spring so it is flowering beautifully!
Let’s see what May will bring….
OH THE JOYS OF LIVING IN THE OLD HOUSE IN THE SHIRES.