Archive for April, 2008


Surprise Pods

Admittedly, I’m not a very organised person. In my job I’m doing alright. So far all my students have got their essays back they handed in to me; the registers are diligently kept, my teaching resources are filed intelligently and most of the time even my desk is well-organized.
In private, however, I’m rather lax, particularly when it comes to my gardening stuff. Tools are often left in the places where I used them last (and intend to use them the next day). Usually this is no problem: so far I haven’t lost anything although sometimes I have to search a little longer for a hoe or my trowels. Even if they get rusty because of being left in the rain, there is still my husband who patiently does them up again so that they look even better than before.
Yet when it comes to seeds, I wish I was more diligent. The satchets of bought seeds I stuff into a box, so there is no problem finding them when I need them. But the self-collected ones tend to float around. I do manage to fill some into little boxes or glasses and even write their names on them (old vitamin or pill glasses are quite good for that), but there always remain some that I left out to dry — and then forgot. Sometimes I do remember what they were, but more often than not I don’t. Or I’m quite certain that I took seeds off the spider flowers last year — but can’t find them, possibly because I left the pods lying around until someone thought they were rubbish and put them on the compost. Also, there may be some neat surprises when you do find some forgotten seeds.
Having found those sweet pea pods the other day, I asked our little one to peel out the seeds — only to be alarmed by a shrill yell a moment later: “Mummi, there is something in them!” And so there was: almost every seed had become home to a little bug who was sticking out its feelers, giving the seeds some sort of alien touch.
So what do we learn from this? — Check your seeds regularly to find infestations in time. (This is something I tell myself every season.)

Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day April

Even though it’s almost midnight, I don’t want to be late again for Carol’s Garden Blogger’s Bloomday, particularly because Spring Explosion has almost started. The flowers are only waiting for a few really mild days to show their full beauty, but even what they come up with in this rather cool sunny April weather lets the heart leap. Right now I don’t find the time to work as much in the garden as I would like to; however, I always go my round welcoming every new flower that raises its head — driving my dog mad because she’d rather play or go for a walk with me.

No, I’m not going to rant on about those slugs who have finished off my complete scillas, lots of the daffodils and ruined most of my miniature tulips. I’ll simply show you some that have survived and shine brightly on all visitors who enter the garden.

The first cherry blossoms are starting to open. This is actually a surprise tree because it is a sapling that grew from the roots of my parents’ morella cherries, and which I planted among all the other wild shrubs at the end of my garden. So if it ever carries fruit it probably won’t be morellas.

The Pulsatillas are some of my favourite spring flowers. Unfortunately the wild tulips between them are already gone. I’ve also got a corner with the blue variety, however they haven’t started blooming yet. They love light sandy soil, and when the conditions are right, they self-seed quite easily.

Aside from the white forest variety, I haven’t been too lucky with anemones, although I adore them. They simply seem to vanish after some time. Well, it’s no wonder, if you plant heucheras on top of them in the autumn because you have forgotten that there have ever been some there before like this anemone blanda that keeps on fighting its way up. (Carol, was it you, who went on about having ‘senior moments’ the other day? This was certainly one of mine!)