Hosta ‘White Feather’ – £9.99 for 2 barefoot plants, Van Meuwen
Maybe it’s the promise of spring that has me thinking about our garden a lot more. In our recent post about planting some fruit trees I mentioned that our shady garden really suits hostas, and we have quite a collection. This year’s new green shoots are just about breaking through the surface of the compost.
I’ve never seen this unusual, striking variety before – it’s called Hosta White Feather – it looks almost albino! It will look amazing in a galvanised metal bucket or dolly tub!
This year we decided to grow more of our own – and we’ve got no excuse, as Todmorden‘s the home of Incredible Edible.
We have a variety of crops to look forward to in the coming weeks.
Most of them are growing in containers as much of our garden is paved with stone cobbles. It also makes protecting them from the ubiquitous slugs & snails much easier.
We use lots of the old galvanised metal ‘dolly tubs’, buckets and bins.
The plants seem to like it!
Potatoes, beetroot, carrots, tomatoes, rhubarb, strawberries, broccoli, courgettes, squash, peashoots, salad leaves, a variety of herbs – and yes, those are figs.
There’s still a little room for some flowers.
Perennials like the hostas, astilbes and lupins return each year like old friends. Although this year’s harsh winter saw a few losses.
To these we add a few annuals – osteospermums, lobelia and the like.
We’ve enjoyed working in the garden this year. We don’t think self-sufficiency is here just yet – but hopefully we’ll reap some rewards!