Feu d’artifice de fleurs by Niko Paladino was a brilliant way to start 2021. If you didn’t catch a viewing of this short video, then I’d encourage you to click on the link below for a ~30 second spirit-raiser. Happy New Year to you!
I am joining Jon and his SOSers in sharing six topical gardening things today, although I now have to admit that the rest of this post is possibly less sparkling than the start.
1 Gold Lace Primulas
I split a patch of these a couple of months back with the intention of moving them across the driveway, so that they get a little more light and are more visible. However, their destination needs a little work (ground elder removal), so they were placed in pots while they await transfer. This week I noticed that some of them are flowering already:
2 Tomatillo seeds for 2021
We didn’t get a big crop from our tomatillo plants this year, probably because they’d been allowed to self-seed, which meant that they germinated and set fruit late in the season. Well, they seem to have produced enough seed for the new season nevertheless, since I have discovered their skeletonised pods gathering in various sheltered corners of the raised beds.
I have collected a few husks for the seeds and will sow them earlier this time around.
3 Crocus Failure
I bought some of those lovely, large white ‘Jeanne d’ Arc’ crocuses in the sales. They were planted up in pots, covered in chicken wire and placed in the greenhouse to get going asap. Sadly, the mouse in the house is good at limbo dancing and has squeezed under the wire to enjoy a meal of corms, leaving the emerging flower spikes and fibrous husks on top of the compost.
4 Italian Parsley
I don’t know whether the Italian, flat-leaved kind is hardier than English curly parsley, but I still have tons of this wonderful herb growing in the garden to use in salsas and general cooking. In fact, I’ve got too much. To prevent a winter shortage, in the summer I froze plenty of leaves in ice cubes and pureed a whole load more as a green salsa (which was also frozen). I’ve not had to touch either of those though, because there is still such a good fresh supply:
I am not complaining about the fresh supply, but I can’t see myself bothering to freeze it in the future!
5 Winter Aconites
My first Winter Aconite is out. This is always such a cheerful point in the gardening year, as it flags the start of the New Year’s flowers:
6 Sale Seed Arrival
At some point in November the seed supplier Mr Fothergill’s puts a lot of vegetable and flower seeds up for sale for £1 a packet, to clear their decks I suppose, and I usually take advantage of the offer. This year, with their new Covid-safe work practices, they have taken a long time to dispatch the items. So it was good to finally receive a large packet from them just before New Year:
Spreading them out like this I’ve finally noticed that I forgot to order any broad beans! Oops.
That’s my six. However, I’d like to share one more thing. It was one of our Christmas presents and it seems especially charming … and floral. It brings us full circle with the floral fireworks at the start of the post, albeit at a slower rate. If you fancy a nice cup of tea, then Flower Bombs are a fun option:
They start out as tightly packed ~2cm spheres or bombs, but the hand-tied bunches of marigolds, jasmine leaves, rose, roselle etc. gradually unfurl in the pot (a glass one is obviously best) infusing their flavours into the tea. Fun, fun, fun!
Best wishes for 2021. Keep safe!