Friday, July 22, 2016

This Week in the Garden: Mid Winter Chills and Chores


Brrr...I know my northern readers don't want to hear this during their current heatwave, but it is CHILLY here in the south!  Here are a few frosty pansies to hell virtually cool you down. Of course, chills this time of year often mean a welcome respite from wet winter weather and I finally managed to sneak in a few more garden chores between rain showers earlier this week.  I haven't yet done the dormant planting replacement of the standard nectarine tree the failed to come out of dormant planting last winter - perhaps this week if the weather clears and I can find the right variety/size to pair with the others. Any suggestions? We planted dwarf nectarines, apricots, and peaches in the place of standard roses in our formal old terraced garden beds last winter.  Most are doing well, like the young specimen below, but the young nectarine was a dud. Unfortunately, it's the specimen smack in the centre and glaringly in need of replacement; however, by the time that was clear it was too late to replace and we lost the full growing year.  Our local supplier doesn't have any dwarf nectarines on offer this winter (coincidence???), so I think it will be another apricot or peach instead.   

I shall have to get moving with my winter planting soon, as the dormant planting window won't last much longer despite the current cool weather.  The bulbs are  bursting into bloom already!  Of course, this is also prime time for planning and my garden journal is sorely in need of an update.  I find it so hard to get motivated on our cold wet dark days. Prime procrastination time!  If your journal needs a refresh too, check our our free mix-and-match printables with handy garden journal templates.

What's happening in and around your garden this week?  Whatever your garden/green news, we would love to hear about it. Please leave a comment or post us a message on the GiRL Facebook page I look forward to sharing our garden with you as it grows. 

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