Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Winter lingers on.

The poor plants do not know what has hit them, over the last few weeks the weather has gone from warmish to freezing and back again several times, although mainly dry, there have been several days of rain or light snow showers. The main plant to suffer has been my only tree paeony which has had its new foliage and flower buds decimated by frost although several other plants have also put their heads above ground to a frozen welcome. The early rhododendron which featured previously has had any open flowers destroyed and looks worse than it did three weeks ago.

The usual suspects, spring flowering bulbs plus a few primulas, are still the mainstay of colour in the garden. 

Primrose type blue.

Crocus 'Snow Bunting'.

The ubiquitous Snowdrop.

Iris reticulata.

Crocus 'Zwanenburg Bronze'.

  Saw Prince Charles on TV the other day leaping down some poor kid's throat with "I hope that is peat-free compost". When are the 'Greenies' going to wake up to the fact that peat is not an endangered species unlike wind-farms which should be. If you don't believe me and want the true facts please go to the Glendoick Garden site for the most reasonably presented argument I have read. This should be mandatory reading for all those of the 'conservationist' persuasion. There is no doubt that, although the likes of the RHS try to avoid admitting it, all us older gardeners know there is no substitute for peat both in price and, what really gets to the critics, performance. I feel sorry for all the poor mugs driven by some kind of guilt and the emotional blackmail style of marketing who buy these overpriced composts for no proven reason. This goes hand-in-hand with such high priced luxuries as "Ericaceous Compost" which should be the equivalent of compost with extra peat, I must get round to reading what's on the bag sometime to see what is added to give it its premium priced acidity, probably bracken. I quite like Monty Don for my sins but as soon as he starts on about "peat free compost" I could strangle him!

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