Day 73: paeony buds

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year

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All winter long I’ve been galumphing merrily across the borders, working from boards most of the time, occasionally venturing on boots-first during particularly dry spells. Galumphing season is now at an end, and extra care must be taken – not only with the structure of the soil (wet, heavy clay does not recover easily from having all the air galumphed out of it), but with newly emerging perennial shoots. Paeonies seem particularly brittle and, though established clumps seem to possess great vigour as they break through the soil’s surface, the loss of even a single tip is cause for regret. Spring is here – galumph ye not.


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