Tales from Hopbines Garden 1

Recently I have been asked about how various tasks are done in the garden - by new people in the village and chats with friends. Living beside a public footpath we get to see most of the people in the village especially if they have a dog(s).

So it is time to start a regular update of garden stuff I think. Things tried in Hopbines garden may or may not work in yours. Really depends on soil type, local climate, and how you garden. Let's get gardening.

Spring is in full bloom and the last of the daffodils and tulips are still hanging on. The Lilac is out in flower and the Snowball Tree (Viburnum) will be out soon. Vegetables are going out into beds and seeds being sown.

Here are a few photos from the garden a few days ago.


 Fuchsias & Rustic Bench

Brassica Plants

Vegetable Beds

 Border with last of Tulips & Daffodils

 Border with Sweet Peas set.

Tree Paeony

 Vegetables Beds

 Greenhouse with Seedlings


As you can see quite a lot of work has been going on over the past few months.

The Tree Peony (yes it can be spilt more than one way!) is looking good this year. Talking of Paeonies a question was asked about tying them up/supporting them. The lower growing paeonies I usually support with canes (or Cornus prunings or hazel sticks or whatever is available around the garden) and string trying to "hide" the supports, so the overall look of the plant is not spoilt. Note to self: must go out and tie them up!

As an aside I have use Cornus prunings to support the Delphiniums this year and it seems successful so far.

The other question that has come up is around beans (Broad and Runner and French etc.). Unless they are started off in boxes in the greenhouse and covered then it is highly likely that mice will eat most of the seeds here as we are out in the countryside with a good rodent population. One year I forgot to put glass over the box of Broad Beans in the greenhouse the day they were set - none left next morning!!

Also, we start peas and Mange Tout off in old pieces of guttering and keep these on a high stand in a greenhouse until they are big enough to go out into the garden to avoid the same mouse problem. Make sure there are holes in the bottom of the guttering to avoid waterlogging.

That's it for today. More soon