Gardening in difficult weather

There be dragons in the garden; in fact they have been rescued from the local garden centre and given the mission to stop the collared doves pulling up the newly planted pots.

The pots are a wonderful way to inject some instant colour, though this year it is significant that we have been too wary of overnight frosts to plant until now. Anyone would think we lived in Alaska or somewhere. No – just Scotland in a bad year.

There has been some success with camouflage planting (that’s the oil tank lurking in the background.) Unfortunately, this is a hidden corner of the garden as well. In other words, no space or inclination to sit and enjoy.

A larger dragon is on guard to watch over the tank; he is on slug watch as well, I hope.

Filling empty containers with compost, getting your hands dirty and re-planting fully grown flowering plants is a wonderful way to garden…. beloved of gardening enthusiasts on TV. The trouble is that the on-screen gardeners always show five times the amount of pots and plants that an ordinary gardener can justify buying! Never mind, maybe next year we shall be able to invest in some plants that can overwinter in the extreme temperatures we’ve been experiencing the last few years.

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5 Responses to Gardening in difficult weather

  1. I love your dragons Freda, though the 1st one looks as though one of his parents might have been a cat.
    The second one looks extremely well fed.
    Just had a thought, suppose you turn them loose on frosty nights to see if they can burn the frost away. After all they should be earning their keep!

  2. Dianne says:

    I love these photos. You may be late, but the wait is worth the beauty. I want my own dragon. Dianne

  3. Marcia Mayo says:

    I adore your dragons.

  4. Sheila says:

    Our spring has been overly long and cool as well but like you say the planting finally gives us hope! Yours look great.

  5. Tabor says:

    A lovely garden in spite of the late cool weather. Here we got about a week of really hot weather in early June discouraging all of us who had planted cool weather crops.

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