I hadn’t been wandering around the garden as much since the snows of January and February, so I wasn’t paying attention to the space at the back. Then at my local farm last week, there was a notice that the wild garlic would be ready soon, which prompted me to take a recce at home.
Damn! If only I’d thought to look sooner. The pigeons, however, had got there before me and nibbled the nascent shoots on the daylilies. You can’t tell from the photograph below, as I have now covered the plants with a cloche, but underneath it are the remains of the daylilies and what appear to be bluebells coming through. Clearly, bluebells are not to a pigeon’s taste, unless I am lucky and the uneaten shoots are in fact daylilies, too, and the pigeons were simply hoping to come back another time for them.
I’m hoping that the daylilies under the cloche will recover but at least I can be thankful that my wild garlic is coming through – and remains uneaten! After being disturbed each year by my digging to get ground elder out, I’m not surprised that the wild garlic is only just emerging, unlike in the woods at the farm. I guess the terrain is less shady and moisture retentive as well but perhaps in future years it will become more lush.
On a more positive note, the blackbirds have been finding certain areas of the garden quite lush for worms. I’d seen a daddy frequenting the ground under the bay tree and yesterday caught him in the act of pulling out a succulent wriggler. It must have been quite determined, as unsettled as he was by my presence he did not immediately fly away.
I dare say that the soil under the bay tree must be a rich hunting ground after the bag of horse manure I put down there last year. Of course, the effects of any ivermectin or other horse dewormer must have worn off, if this is the case, which suggests that use of horse manure in the garden isn’t as devastating as I had feared. Even the compost bins seem to be attracting worms again, although I will stick to my guns about not putting any manure in the Green Johanna.