Since inspiration has hit, there’s been a week of learning. I’ve learned so much I will have to make notes for myself in separate blog posts to break it down a bit.
Here’s the main thing I’ve learned: Nothing is impossible.
Things look impossible (I have deer in my garden, I have no idea where to start, the amount of information is overwhelming, there are jobs to do this month I can’t because I didn’t start last September, all the beginners stuff presumes so much prior knowledge -they don’t know how much of a gardening dummy I actually am). Give yourself a couple of hours on youtube typing the stupidest questions into the search bar and watch what happens.
I’ve learned lots of new words and what they mean. What tilthe is for example (even though apparently my spell-checker has never heard of it – soil that is broken up until it’s really fine – good for planting in).
And I’ve learned the basics every gardener should know. You almost definitely already know this but this is my diary, making notes for myself so I shall write them out without checking a book to prove that I know these now. And most of these are probably only 10% right (so no need to correct me in the comments!) but good enough to get going with. Will come back to this later.
Annual plants- they go from seed, into plants and then flower then die all in one year – which are divided into
- hardy – can do frost and you can plant these in September all the way through to February (I think)
- half-hardy- don’t mind a bit of frost. Still not sure when you can plant these and seems like I could fuck this one up with it’s not-very-clear-guidelines so avoiding these for now.
- tender – can in no way do frost so plant them in June.
- I initially thought these a waste of money because they only flower once then you have to throw them in the bin ????? but I’m coming round to them because they get pretty quickly and if you’re growing to cut your own flowers (I am) then these are going to be the main thing you plant AND you get to change your mind every year about what you grow depending on what takes your fickly fancy in the moment of choosing – totally in line with my flip-flopping-want-one-thing-then-another personality.
Perennial plants – these you plant once and they flower year after year. Harder to grow and once you choose you can’t change, but hydrangeas fall into these and I like them.
Biennials – you plant them one year and they grow then flower the next year. Then I think they’re done.
Foliage plants – I might be confusing myself now as these probably are one of the two above but basically this is the green stuff you use to add to bouquets to make them look prettier
Bulbs – this is your tulips, crocuses (croci?), narcissus and other things.
And in my head I have another class of plants which are roses and peonies. These you buy as ‘bare roots’ which means they have roots and a bit of twiggy growth which you plant into the ground in the winter. They last forever pretty much (so I guess are perennials) and are where my heart lies because of their beauty.
And I’ve ordered my first stuff based on the wonderful book: The Flower Farmer’s Year: How to Grow Cut Flowers for Pleasure and Profit by Georgie Newbury – my current floral crush.
Obsession comes with its downside though. Currently I’m thinking about flowers, reading about flowers, you-tubing about flowers and dreaming about flowers 24/7. This just what happens when any new project visits my mind. Complete obsession for a few weeks then the project either vanishes entirely or it settles into a manageable thing. There’s no way to know at this stage which way it will go, but at least I no longer thing there’s something wrong with me (!) – any efforts to stop the obsession at this point are always futile. So I might as well enjoy it 🙂