Brighten up your day with Sue Grant’s weekly updates of what’s happening early doors in her garden this spring:
“Let battle commence. Anyone who thinks an early morning in a beautiful springtime garden is a place of peace and tranquillity should come to mine.
“The house martins are back and the annual war is now raging between them and the house sparrows. A short while before the welcome return of the six pairs of martins who nest in our eaves, the sparrows always try to take over their nests, perching on the roof tiles with beaks full of feathers and moss. Who dares wins!
“Then the two cock pheasants who patrol their own ends of the garden come to noisy blows over whose hen birds are whose. The heron glides over the pond searching for froggy breakfast, but my five little tadpoles aren’t juicy enough yet. And I am waging my own wars, against hen pheasants that scratch away the soil from the roots of my geraniums, and, worse, I battle with pesky midges. Even in the early hours the little horrors were dancing around my ears as I stalked wrens and woodpeckers. I come up in lumps. I will take to wearing a headscarf at 6.30am. No-one can see me!
“It has been planting-out week. A delivery from a garden centre meant that I could pot up my hanging baskets, hoping this year that the trailing lobelia really will trail. Some fresh lavender and a few semperflorens miniature begonias took over the empty spaces along the border of the herb garden. In the morning sunshine the various pots of thyme, marjoram, chives, fennel, parsley and rosemary glow with promise of tastes to come.
“The weekend’s major opus was the removal of an over-enthusiastic acer, threatening to block out its neighbouring azaleas, to a more suitable open space. My aching back is testimony to the effort, but in the morning sunshine the next day all looked well.”
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