After another day in the garden on Saturday I am at last feeling as if I will get the weeds under control before they over take the fruiting plants. My strawberries were in danger of being overtaken by foxgloves and rope twitch and my gooseberries seemed condemned to the same fate. I can happily report that the reverse now applies. My hands are showing the results of attacking gooseberry bushes as even with gloves, they are a mean plant to deal with.
On the pure pleasure side I can show off my tulips which only a few weeks ago were just emerging and now are a wonderful display. It is amazing how the simple pleasure of seeing beautiful flowers in bloom can lift the spirits. So too unusual, bulbs. This fritillaria meleagris is one of the bulbs I planted in the rocks around “Chascade” and I was delighted to see it suddenly appear. It is so good to see the plants in the rockery starting to flourish and soften the appearance of the whole water feature. It is now a year since the water feature, Chascade, was finished but it is an ongoing source of joy as every gardener knows, nothing is ever finished.
As to my blueberries, I am still struggling against browsing animals, possums I think. As the new leaves appear, they just as quickly disappear so not to be outdone I fenced them off this weekend and so will see if that makes a difference. I also fed them with sulphate of ammonia after consulting a gardening book as apart from the browsing, they are not thriving and are spindly. I took to feeding everything in a big way with lots of blood and bone and Epsom salts going in all directions and will take a dim view of any citrus or passionfruit that fail to respond.
The carrots, silver beet, spinach and broccoli I planted recently are also going well under the net so, all in all, things in the garden are keeping me happy.