My plotting optimism…

is at a bit of a low ebb today as it rained heavily during the night and looking round the plot this morning it was soggy again.

It won’t last and thankfully there were a few things that cheered me up, including the blackthorn which is covered with blossom despite being really hard pruned last autumn.


I’m looking forward to seeing the tulips in flower.

I sowed the tomato seeds in pots yesterday and made a start on sowing various flower seeds.  I looked at the seed potatoes chitting in the spare room and wondered just when I’ll be planting them out, especially the first earlies.

Have a good week!


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21 Responses to My plotting optimism…

  1. Jo says:

    Good Friday is the traditional time for planting potatoes but there was no hope of that this year with the ground as wet as it is, the late snow has a lot to answer for and we’re forecast rain every day this week here. Your blackthorn is so pretty.

    • Flighty says:

      Jo I’ve generally planted mine between late March and mid April. It’s raining here again today so later in the week will be the earliest I can start. It sure is. xx

  2. I am glad the blackthorn cheered you up. I think I might plant some tom seeds too! Xx

  3. menhir1 says:

    Delightful tulip. The hard pruning of the Blackthorn has worked a treat. Plants benefit from the occasional haircut!

    If there is some delay in planting out the early potatoes, can they be set in boxes or a couple of the flexible (colourful) tubs that are regularly used now? I have seen potatoes grow well in bags and tubs. I think the bags were of a kind of sacking material. However, I can’t say if they were a manufactured variety or a natural cloth.


    • Flighty says:

      Menhir it certainly is. It sure did. They do indeed.
      People do plant them in various bags and containers, and as you say generally grow well. I’m happy to wait and plant mine in the ground as I always do, albeit later than usual. xx

  4. Sharon says:

    It has been a bit grim today but the blackthorn lifts the spirits

  5. Lucy Corrander says:

    I bought some Maris Piper but then learned one needs tons of chemicals to keep away pests and diseases so I’m not going to plant them now even though they are chitted. Spent five and a half hours at the allotment today and it seems there is hardly anything to show for it. Need to get into the country to see if there’s blackthorn around here. it’s my favourite flowering tree / bush.

    • Flighty says:

      Lucy I don’t know what you read or where but I don’t use anything with mine and generally have few problems. I would plant them out and see how they do. I think that we all have days like that at times. Blackthorns are worth it just for the blossom. xx

  6. snowbird says:

    That blackthorn blossom is marvelous! The tulip too! Here’s to more blooming every day. My potatoes are just sitting there too, I haven’t been able to weed the veggie patch yet given the rain, and the tomato seeds still haven’t germinated…sighs…here’s to some dry days and sunshine!xxx

  7. CJ says:

    It can be full-on mud at this time of year can’t it. I have abandoned the garden for the time being. Surely there will be some drying sunshine soon… CJ xx

  8. Jade says:

    Beautiful blackthorn blossoms! All flowers and no leaves it seems! So magical!
    And the beautiful tulips…they are among the preferred most cut flowers here in our country. Imported. So, very expensive and precious.

    • Flighty says:

      Jade it sure is. That’s right the leaves follow once the blossom has finished. Tulips are among the most popular cut flowers here as well. Many of ours come from Holland. xx

  9. Chloris says:

    It’s all this rain, it does your head in, as the yoof say. I planted my potatoes last week in raised beds as I was sick of the sight of them. I’m also trying a few in a large bag.

  10. nikkipolani says:

    Oh my, that blackthorn is a stunning beauty in bloom.

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