Kathy's Garden Diary
by Kathy Gray
Melcourt 'SylvaGrow with added John Innes'
However, bad weather in winter is sometimes the gardeners’ enemy, stopping us from getting on with those important jobs. but there are always things to do indoors or under cover to benefit the garden. You might like to compile a list, area by area in the garden or alphabetically, of all the plants you have. By the time growth starts I have to be honest and say that I cannot always remember what I have planted so a list of my acquisitions is vital! The garden shed invariably needs sorting and tidying – well, mine does. The other major job is choosing the seeds that you want; when considering this don’t forget the offer we have with Dobies; (2023 update - discount is discontinued). Some interesting winter reading can come via the tales of the Plant Hunters. We tend to take the variety of plants available to us for granted but many miles were travelled and hardships endured by these early plant pioneers. For example, read about the adventures of Ernest Wilson, also known as ‘Chinese’ Wilson and his travels to bring back some of our favourite shrubs such as rhododendrons and azaleas. Or how he introduced Lilium regale - the regal lily, but broke his leg in the process. He always walked with a limp after the break and called it his lily limp!
Whatever you choose to do, enjoy your garden.
Kathy, one of the Upper Nar Gardeners founders, has been writing about gardening for many years. We are pleased that, after a couple of years hiatus, she has been persuaded to start publishing a gardening diary again on this website.