Down in the weeds

Today has been the most perfect Spring day so I ditched all my other plans for the morning and spent it in the garden, weeding.  I fail to see why people hate this task; for me it is the best way to really sense what is going on in my garden.  This time of year weedlings don’t put up much of a fight, dandelions come up with minimal tugging for instance.  Everywhere I looked I spotted would-be sycamores putting down tap roots – so out they came – the boundary at the back of my garden is denoted by sycamores, self planted every one of them.  They are not mine, if they were they would come down and I’d plant more appropriate trees – but I don’t have this option, so I just control the ones I can.  The other benefit about being down in the weeds is that you spot the seedlings you want to nurture; hellebores for instance.  Each year I pot some on, hoping that maybe I will find a new ‘treasure’ among them – but this requires patience, it will be several years before this year’s infants will reach flowering age.  I never begrudge paying out for a special hellebore, I take my hat off to the skills of the plant breeders.

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About Sara Davison

I've been gardening as long as I can remember; initially as a child, learning from my mother, and then with each successive garden I've owned, I've expanded my knowledge and my plant collection. Starting Spring 2014 I'm taking my first steps as a flower farmer, growing British flowers for cutting on an acre of rented farmland in the Surrey Hills.
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One Response to Down in the weeds

  1. You know, it’s such different gardening, in so many ways, but the occupations are the same. I do love hellebores and tried them in Queensland, but it was too warm, despite the optimism of the breeder:)
    PS I’ve just seen you’ve added me to your blogroll – thank you! Now I’ve other blogs to follow up on, but first, let me catch up at your place:)

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