PCDL – regular update

Although there are a couple of high spring tides to come, there are definite signs of spring in the air, so hopefully the worst of the winter storms are now behind us.  With that in mind, and the 8.1mCD tides in two weeks’ time, on Monday  9th March we will be starting what we hope will be the final recycle before summer.  Having said that it will be one of the larger ones, involving 5 dumptrucks and moving shingle along the entire frontage for up to three weeks.

Initially beach will be moved from Cooden and Herbrand Walk flagpole to Normans Bay East and Herbrand Walk level crossing.  Latterly, shingle from Normans Bay outfall and Beachlands (west) will be taken to Sovereign Harbour and ‘White Horses’.

It is intended that work will be finished before school Easter holidays, although one bulldozer is likely to remain for tidying up and dealing with any last minute storms.  Inevitably plans will change, but I will update you as they unfold.

Snowdrops – and other signs of spring

A visit to a nursesnowdropsry outside Laughton early this month to view an exhibition and sale of snowdrops was my most memorable and inspiring  escape from the garden so far this Winter. The display was housed in the plantsman’s immaculate potting shed, cleared for the occasion. On tables covered in clean Hessian, an impressive variety of potted snowdrops  in full bloom gleamed in the light of an open fire. The effect was magical. I bought just one (which on reflection seems a bit mean), very tall specimen called Limelight, and look forward to it developing into an impressive clump in a few years time.

Snowdrops (like aconites and bluebells), should always be planted ‘in the green’ as they say in the catalogues. Although, they mostly seem to happily seed themselves about very pleasingly here, I do help too by dividing clumps from now until they stop flowering.

Here, the butter-yellow aconites which habitually bloom in early January have only just appeared  and are flowering with the snowdrops and my favourite species crocus, the pale lavender variety, Thomasianus. It really is a sight to delight the eyes. I wonder why, though, that the aconites are so late………

There have been some bright, sunny and blissfully windless days during the past month when I have actually enjoyed kneeling to clear the weather-beaten leaves of the oriental hellebores so that their flowers can lift up their faces and enjoy the sun.

Lots of hyacinths flowering in the house this and I am especially enjoying a favourite variety of seven beetroot-red Woodstock in an old, blackened metal grain measure and nine pure white Aiolos in a grey-painted meat cover. Pots are too boring!