Winter

While on all fours planting Celerica ‘Prinz’ and Leek ‘Bandit’ today with the sun on my back I was thinking about eating these and how it would be cold and wet. As a gardener it is hard to be in the moment and not thinking about the season you are planting for.

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Fruit

I am very happy with myself. I have my first strawberry ready. I grew three plants in a pot in the kitchen yard and this is the result. It looks so perfect that I do not want to eat it but know I must.

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Artichoke

It is great to be picking artichokes again. It is one of the vegetables that really reminds me of Christopher and fun lunches here at Great Dixter. Summer must really be here.

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Carrot

This week is the start of the clean up of the garden. Weeding through and sorting out. We are doing this now that a lot of the plants are in the ground. Today I lifted the carrot cover and found that the plants are doing very well and will do better with the weeding the area got.

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Rain

We have now had a few days of much-needed rain and the artichoke slips are looking very good. We split them at the perfect time. Because we have had rain I have also moved some self-sown poppies into the area, they are also looking good.

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In the night

I still feel excitement when I walk into the glasshouse in the morning and see what has come up while I was asleep. There is something special about seeing that first growth.

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