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Garden Diary April 2017

Easter is just few days away and the weather tries its best to look presentable around here in Connemara at the moment.

The garden is also showing off its easterly spring theme with a mixture of shades of pinks, blues, yellows and reds. Lets hope the festive days are dry, a bit of sun would be lovely for the children coming to us once again to look for their little Easter bunnies.  Different activities will take place within the Walled Garden of Kylemore on Easter Sunday (more information are on the Kylemore Webpage).

Pic1 Easter colours – Wallflower ‘Cloth of Gold’ & Tulip ‘van der Neer’

 

Pic2 Tulip ‘Coleur Cardinal’, Forget-me-nots and orange Wallflowers just starting to bloom, restored Vinery in the background

 

 

 

Pic3 Tulip ‘Keizerskroon’ and Fritillaria persica in the Parterre

Tulip ‘Kreizerskroon’ is one of the heritage Tulip varieties that is  not easy to get anymore. We were only able to purchase 100 bulbs this year and will try to build up our own stock from now on.

 

Most apple blossoms, including these of the crab apples are in full bloom and give the whole vegetable garden a fresh look. For me it is always the start of the new season in the vegetable garden.

Pic4 Flowering apple tree with crab apple in back ground; the bark covered in lichens

 

The first two potato plots are planted up. ‘British Queens’ are covering one whole plot and ‘Epicure, ‘Duke of York’, ‘Sharps Express’ and ‘Champion’ are planted in the other one. The long clean ridges always symbolize Connemara to me. The old potato ridges are still visible on the mountain sides here in the west, even though long overgrown and last cultivated probably during Famine times.

 

Pic5

 

The last of last years leeks are just been taken out to make room for new crops or green manures. They might be stronger in taste but are still nice to eat.

Pic6 Last years leeks

 

All the peas, mange touts and broad beans are in the ground and need to get staked. We also spread fresh seaweed in between the young cabbage plants to prevent cabbage root flies. This method worked very well last year and also fed the hungry plants during the season.

Pic7 Peas and Broad beans

 

I wish all my readers a lovely Easter time with plenty of hidden treats to look for!

Your Head Gardener

Anja Gohlke

 

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