The Potting Bench Diaries – 11th May 2022

What I’m Doing This Week: Things have taken a real leap ahead towards summer as I bring down some of the pots from the back of the garden to the patio as they come into real growth. As the tulips fade away this gives chance for the Senetti to come forward, the wildflowers to come along and the pots of gladioli too. The lilies from Harts Nursery are also doing so well so those three pots have come down to take their place when we they’ll stay for the rest of the year.

I’d been planning on making a sweet pea frame since last year and finally got it finished and in place this week. After a lot of messing about a repositioning it’s finally fixed in and the last few plants are ready to go out and boy do they need to!

The idea with this is that the sweet peas can ramble freely up the framework and I can tie them in as they grow. My hope is that in the coming weeks this will be FULL of blooms that we can cut and bring indoors for their wonderful scent to spread throughout the house. I forget which varieties will be going on here but they’re bound to be good…I hope!

What I’m Sowing/Planting This Week: We’ve got a wall in the front garden that I’ve been meaning to do something ‘proper’ with for ages and that also got done this week. For as long as I’ve known we’ve had a hebe in the wall and it really had our grown this spot so that’s come out and moved and the wall is now home to the makings of what should become a good lavender hedge!

The lavender is a variety called ‘Arctic Snow’ which is much like other common varieties in terms of scent but this has a frosted white tip that resembles a slight frost on the end. I really can’t wait for these to grown on and fill out this space properly.

The wonderful tulip trough that sat out the front has come to an end and I’ve taken up the ones I’d like to move before storing them once they’ve gone brown. The trough is now home to an abundance of things – namely, Salvia, Ammi, Teasel, Helichrysum, Lavender and a few spare Gladioli bulbs that I had left over from Farmer Gracy.

Last Saturday was #WorldNakedGardening Day and I threw off the gardening gloves to bare all for charity. Sadly the post has been reported and removed from Instagram but I’ve still been able to raise about £60 for the mental health charity, Mind.

In other news…? Episode 7 of the podcast is now live and I hate to say it again but there are some really mind blowing things in this episode too!

This episode features Sam Corfield, also known as The Hairy Horticulturist. Sam talks to me about his brand new gardening book Sow, Grow, Gather and why its different to other gardening books. But Sam tells me about somewhere in Spain that you’ll be googling as soon as you hear about it…I’ll say no more!

Thats it from me, have a great week and I’ll be back next week with more

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