the territory of rain

Website of poet Elizabeth Rimmer

the territory of rain

March 30, 2011 Uncategorized 4

The rain got here! the garden definitely needed it, but I am so glad I took the chance to garden yesterday. I cleared the bit around the pond, to give a bit of breathing space to the yellow flag irises I grew from seed

and the woodland bed under the birch tree, getting rid of excessive aquilegias (it would break your heart to do it, as they are so lovely, but everything else needs room too! I also planted out some sweet violets here in the hope that they will produce more of the intensely purple – almost liquid in its depth – flowers and less leaves.

I forked over the herb patch and added some more sage and thymes, some st john’s wort and some wood violets

and planted out a seedling fennel in the rose bed. I sowed three sorts of tomatoes, lettuce, spinach, carrots and beetroot, calabrese, courgettes, and rosemary seeds as an insurance, because my new bush that I planted this year looks as if it got walloped by the frost and it’s struggling some. Finally I planted five root cuttings of comfrey. I could regret this – comfrey plants spread like mint – but they are so useful for providing liquid feeds for all those tomatoes, that it’s worth it.

Oh, and I picked the first rhubarb, too.

4 Responses

  1. Bridget says:

    Most impressed by the iris from seed! I can never pick out aquilegia’s though…

    If you have any spare comfrey (if it does end up taking over!) give some to me in the Autumn.

  2. comfrey also has some good medical uses too!

  3. Hi, I came to visit for A Pause in Lent and spotted this post as well. My senior mom and I are so looking forward to spring gardening so this was definitely a sweet encouragement. Thank you for the lovely photos. My Pause in Lent post is at SandwichINK.com 🙂 Have a blessed week and enjoy that gardening.

  4. Nice to meet you, Kaye!

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