Hello & March 2018 Update


Hi there friends,

My original Blog (https://samhickmanharpist.wordpress.com) was becoming a little bit too much of a garden blog for a blog dedicated to being a singing harpist. So I decided to start afresh!

This is my garden


Well… this is my garden in the height of summer…

This is my garden as of the 1st of March 2018


I feel like I should shout ‘Surprise! it’s winter!’

When we first moved into our house it looked like this,

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I think there are only a couple things you need to know about the garden before reading anything else of this blog and these are:

  1. There is an elderflower tree named ‘Planty’ that we have had since he was a seedling and has moved house with us. I also have a bay tree named ‘Maxine’ which I ‘stole’ (rescued) from the dumpster of a gig.
  2. The Red rose at the back of the garden is the only original feature in the garden.
  3. I hate the garden path more than anything.
  4. I LOVE before and afters!

So Here are the posts from last year:

April 2017 https://samhickmanharpist.wordpress.com/2017/04/01/early-spring-gardening/

Late April 2017 https://samhickmanharpist.wordpress.com/2017/04/24/garden-chat-april-update/

July https://samhickmanharpist.wordpress.com/2017/07/03/gardening-update-drama-destruction-and-death/

August https://samhickmanharpist.wordpress.com/2017/08/03/gardening-update-where-do-i-start/

December https://samhickmanharpist.wordpress.com/2017/12/05/gardening-update-the-last-rose-of-summer/

January 2018 https://samhickmanharpist.wordpress.com/2018/01/22/getting-through-january-with-my-acquaintance-brenda/

Feburary https://samhickmanharpist.wordpress.com/2018/02/05/february-garden-update-sow-what/


So without further ado:

March update

It’s snowing!a lot! the beast from the east is coming in and honestly, I’m so glad I wrapped Maxine in bubble wrap before it all started coming down! because, while it’s not getting below -5C it’s still pretty chilly! and protecting your bay tree from the harshest weather is the name of the game here!

Here’s some photos:

This was yesterday in the garden:



Freezing but gorgeous! My favourite time of day from about Feb to Late May is when the sun goes behind the big trees in next doors’ garden and we get dappled sunshine. It only lasts about an hour but it’s such a gorgeous look!

As discussed last month, my seedlings are gradually growing! but I do wish my verbena would get bigger! It’s tiny! (see below!)


The garden was looking gorgeous and spring-like until this snow, so hopefully come next week we can have some spring again… I thought my March update title would be ‘Heating up, the start of the growing season’ but maybe next post!


As I am in Adamsdown, Cardiff our last frost date is technically not until the end of April, so I’m not planting out anything too tender before then!

However, I’m not babying my hardy perennials one bit this year! Here is my cold frame that I accidentally left outside during the cold! DSC_0030.JPG

I’ve found having a portable cold frame really quite a useful thing because my living room windowsill is FULL! Completely packed! and the trouble with plants is they just keep growing! and growing! and growing! DSC_0031.JPG

So apart from the snow all my little seedlings are doing great!


Some other updates,

The Topaz Street Garden (my little guerrilla garden at the end of my street) is doing well despite the snow, you can keep up to date with that via twitter:


My lovely parks group ‘Friends of Adamsdown Parks’ is having teething problems but I’m sure we’ll get off the ground eventually!




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