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12/01/2014 at 12:24

Been working in my butterfly garden this morning and found large clumps of Elwesii snowdrops in bloom and Iris unguilaris.  May take the camera up after making Sunday lunch.

12/01/2014 at 13:38

Hello Marion, just posted that I have snowdrops flowering too.  

12/01/2014 at 14:08

First pics from my safari up my garden in the butterfly garden and the slate scree.  More to follow.  Who says there is nothing to see in the garden in January?  This is 12.01.14.


12/01/2014 at 14:20

More pics from 12.01.14 up my garden.  The squirrels, birds and fox are enjoying the fallen apples which were on the tree till the storm came.  I have enjoyed them too.  They are Charles Ross good as cookers and eaters.


12/01/2014 at 14:27

That early wallflower smells lovely.  Three more coming.


12/01/2014 at 17:38

Lovely Marion    I agree the winter garden is special and somehow exciting 

13/01/2014 at 09:24

Two of the above are on my Roll of Honour for fifty years of Excellence - the pink bergenia and the primroses, both of which were growing in the garden when we came.

15/01/2014 at 11:33

Middle of January and very mild but damp up the garden so I did an hour's work pruning apple and pears and came into the dry in the conservatory to tidy up the pelargoniums which are still flowering their socks off and found the buds swelling on my fog tree so I will find some pots and compost to rehouse the Cyclamen persicum and opuntias and something else which have seeded themselves in the pot and take off the top inch of old compost and give it (the fig) fresh compost.  My Angelonia with its little antirhinum like flowers is still flowering.  It flowered profusely in the garden all through the summer months;  I potted it up and cut it roght back in October and brought it into the conservatory where it quickly grew and has been flowering for the last three months.  I will definitely try another colour of those next year to join my white one.


15/01/2014 at 18:13

Your photos are lovely Marion. I would love to read your writings too, your threads are always so interesting. I think Gardeners World should pay a visit to your garden it is just beautiful.

15/01/2014 at 18:57

Hear hear.  Would love to see Marion on gardeners world 

15/01/2014 at 19:10

Great fan club I have !  Thank you all.  Perhaps Gw could have a comperition to find the oldest gardener on their site.

16/01/2014 at 17:51

That will count me out then, as I'm only 21 (I wish). 

16/01/2014 at 18:00

Just noticed your name donutsmrs......did you know I'm partial to donuts. 

Marion, I think you are prob the senior member here anyway.....certainly inspiring me 

16/01/2014 at 18:05

I love donuts too verdun, I love them so much I married a Donut

17/01/2014 at 12:23

About ten days ago I


picked a bunch of bare forsythia twigs from the garden and put them in water behind the new pic of grand-daughter no 2 in her school Prom dress which I had for Xmas, thinking the buds when they opened would go well with her gold top.  The first buds opened today.

17/01/2014 at 13:04


Lovely Marion 

17/01/2014 at 14:55

Today my box of trial material from Mr. Fothergills Seeds arrived and what an exciting parcel it is.  Five jobs in all to tackle.  I will let you know when I start - when it is a bit drier.  If you would like to see how the trials are progressing go to    It is a good read!  My results are the Bristol ones.

18/01/2014 at 13:49

Yesterday's parcel contained "Charlotte" seed potatoes with instructions to plant five in the ground and five in the smart green patio planter that came with them; antirrhinum seeds "Purple Twist"F1 billed as having white streaks on gorgeous purple flowers and reaching 40inches so a good cut flower (and good to set off my golden annuals) ; two packets of pepper seeds - Snackbite Mixed and King of the North.  It just gets more and more exciting as each box arrives.

18/01/2014 at 16:37

I'd love to know the results of the Charlotte. I always grow those, but I grow them in the ground.

18/01/2014 at 20:10

It will be interesting. Busy-Lizzie.  I love the way Mr fothergills are exploring different possibilities in different parts of the country in this project  and the participants are being so resourceful and careful too.  I have left over compost from last year which ordinarily I would have used but for this trial i shall wait till this year's fresh compost is in the shops.

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