Saturday, 29 January 2011

Frost again in the Lake District

Just when you think it's getting a bit more spring like, along comes a very heavy overnight frost.
The Sorrel had just been peeping its head out above ground, but that will now be put on hold. In any case, we were invaded by the local Herdwick Sheep yesterday, who nibbled everthing in sight until I drove them out.

I've done a quick repair of the fence, but now they've got back in  here once, there will be no stopping them!

Monday, 24 January 2011

Oh dear, problems with deer.

You can get a list from the local garden centre, or from the internet, of plants that deer don't like.
Don't believe it- they eat almost anything.
Even in the middle of winter the deer are coming into the gadren- we see their droppings in the morning. Any shoot that dares stick its head avove ground ricks being nibbled to death.
I've found a great book here that I'd love for my birthday next month- anyone looking?

Friday, 21 January 2011

It's a new year in the Lake District Garden

Not much has been happening in the garden lately. Rain, snow, frost and general winter weather has made it an unattractive proposition.

This week however we had a couple of days that felt like spring, so we've been out tidying- sweeping up the magnolia leaves from the path, and pruning the jasmine.
I expect it's quite the wrong thing to do, to hack away at a jasmine in January, but I'd not had the heart to cut it back in autumn. The deer found it in December and thought the last of the leaves looked tasty, so we were left with long shoots of jasmine waving around in the wind.

We need to put a load of compost on the Jasmine now. A few years of having a jasmine with lots of leaves but no flowers have taught me that you need to put more compost than you think would be necessary on the jasmine root to make sure you get those sweet scented flowers in summer.