To start with, ” Sowing a lawn” . I have seen on TV many a time, the theory behind sowing grass seed, I have watched Geoff Hamilton, Alan Titchmarsh and Monty Don demonstrate preparing the soil, doing the gardeners shuffle over it, sowing the seed, then raking it all. Now it was time to put it all into practice, where some shrubs had grown over the lawn in the back, by the gravel area.
I carefully read my instructions on the packet of seed, then got sowing, hoping the birds wouldn’t come straight away and eat all the seed. Then I waited and waited and waited, then waited a bit more, the packet said it would sprout in 5 days, this was about 3 weeks ago!
Today they have sprouted!
I never thought I could get so excited about a few tiny seedlings. I haven’t gone as far as counting them, but tomorrow I will be out to see if more have sprouted!
I noticed my lovely iris flowering by the front drive when I came in yesterday, lovely in spite of being nibbled! This will flower on and off through the winter months.
I nearly lost this clematis through neglect, my own fault entirely. It was in an old wooden planter which had rotted and was half hanging out of it with its roots exposed for quite some time. When re-doing the gravel area at the back, I replaced the old wooden planters with smart new fibreglass ones, the clematis was potted into a small pot with some nice compost to encourage some roots to form, then finally planted out a couple of months ago. I was so surprised when it put on such a surge of growth and was then sporting 3 buds! It was determined to flower before the frosts came and it made it. I think it’s going to like it where it now is, I hope for great things from it next summer.
The garden continues to surprise me, even after all the years we have been here, 26 years yesterday!