Helen's Garden Renovation Project

Saturday 9 February 2008

A victim of my success

Filed under: Progress — Helen @ 4:28 pm

It has been quite a rainy January, so I could blame the weather for my lack of progress, but the real reason is that there has been an enormous demand for my services as a maths tutor. I have hardly had a spare moment. This is excellent news for the greenhouse and new pond fund, but not good news for the progress of the Garden Renovation Project.

However, I did go out into the garden at last this afternoon. I removed some dead leaves, pulled up the bittercress, and checked to see if everything was still alive. The osteospermum has produced a flower, and my primulas are still going strong. The yellow crocuses are out but not the purple ones yet. My snowdrops, which I bought cheaply last year after they had finished flowering, have not really done very much. One of them has put out shoots, but the others are still hiding. Maybe they don’t like being in pots. The soil is extremely soggy, so maybe they are too wet. Or maybe it is just that I am about as good at growing snowdrops as I am at growing large-flowered clematis.

Usually the demand for maths tuition increases steadily from now on until June. I don’t want to turn people away unless I have to for lack of space, so I am going to have to formulate a Garden Maintenance Plan until I can do some more Renovating in July after the exams. I am thinking of planting some half-hardy annuals in the place where I grew annuals last year. The reasoning is that I can keep squirting the area with glyphosate until the end of May, thus removing the need to weed it, and when I plant the half-hardy annuals, they will be relatively big and therefore will compete with the weeds on more than equal terms. Well, we shall see.

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