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14/02/2014 at 16:05

....love it!  I'll just have to content myself with mincemeat (homemade of course) topped apple sponge pudding (still eating last year's crop) and custard - but cheered up by a pot of pushkinias outside the french windows - a large pot, because I found the bulbs in the shed in December, and not recognising them put them all spaced out over the top of a large pot.  There they all are - their little blue stripes glinting ubnder the raindrops.

14/02/2014 at 19:57

Just love pushkinias.   Well done.

14/02/2014 at 20:52

A valentines poem to FOOD.  You're my kind of girl Marion 

14/02/2014 at 22:06

Love the "girl"bit, Verdun.

15/02/2014 at 00:37

Well Marion you are the main girl here   Methinks 

15/02/2014 at 12:21

Got a bit wet going on safari up the garden to inspect after the horrific storm last night - high winds, thunder and lightning right overhead and yet more heavy rain.  No damage is evident although a lot of tidying is required.  But the February parcel from MR. Fothergill has arrived and, although it has to remain secret till all participants have received theirs, it is a beauty. very exciting things to grow.  Forecast says a dry afternoon from about three but cold tonight so I will wait to see if we have any frost tonight before planting.  We are promised a sunny, dry, Sunday.

15/02/2014 at 13:18

It is all systems go this Saturday. Lunch will have to wait.  Two Rhododendron "Shamrock" - a yellow flowered variety have just arrived from Jersey Plants so I had to brave the wet garden to get them some rain water.  They are beautiful plants in 3l pots. covered in buds which look promising for St. Patrick's Day in a month's time.  I will plant them out in the garden after they have flowered.  Poor things came by boat in that stormy weather and so well packed that only one tiny twig (now a cutting) had snapped off.

16/02/2014 at 10:22

Oh what a wonderful 2hours my camera and i have had touring my garden, dodging my shadow in the brilliant sunshine.  Now with glowing cheeks i am off to edit my pictures.  watch this space.  No one seeing my garden would believe we had had a winter at all in Britain this year.

16/02/2014 at 10:42

A check in the conservatory first.  Lots of buds on my new Rhododendron "Shamrock" and a great show from Daff. "Pueblo".  There is lots of green showing on the daggs in the garden outside so they are not far behind.  The four pots of seedlings in the seedtrays that came with my new propagator have been moved to the windowsills and new seeds planted of salads and annuals.  All but one up including the Cape gooseberries.

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16/02/2014 at 10:55

In the front garden, Feb.16th   The pink winter heather is getting its colour;  the white one is making a great show at the gate; the bergenia is in full flower; The hellebores are just beautiful; The chaemoneles is going to be covered in blossom soon.

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16/02/2014 at 11:13

In the middle garden and potager.  Checked up on snowdrops that were divisions last year;  Garlic, broad beans and new strawberries for Mr. Fothergills Nation of Gardeners trials all doing well;  crocuses beginning to show.

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16/02/2014 at 11:56

And lastly for now as i have lots of planting to do for Mr. F

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othergill. up the butterfly garden and spinney on feb. 16th.

17/02/2014 at 11:12

No chance of seeing open crocuses today.  it is so dull and wet, such a disappointment after yesterday, but my yellow paperwhites (paperyellows?) have started to open and the perfume is wonderful coming from the conservatory as the hyacinths are in full bloom too.  No chance of planting the garlic today, but we are promised two dry days Tuesday and Wednesday so should get it in then.  .It is very mild too and no frost forecast all week so the daffs outside will be opening their buds soon and the blossom on the wild cherry tree.

17/02/2014 at 11:16

Happymarion - lovely pics - thank you 

17/02/2014 at 11:34

Great pictures....as always Marion 

17/02/2014 at 13:28

I was outside digging this morning and my back was complaining - I came in feeling quite despondent - then I read your recent posts and saw your pics and went out again re-energised.  

Now I've dug and raked the bare part of the veg patch and OH has dug out the tree roots at the edge for me.  The twigs that were blown down in the storms have all been raked up and the garden is full of hope and promise again.

Thanks for the inspiration Happymarion 

17/02/2014 at 14:13

So glad to have been of help.  Hope you had a nice hot bath and some paracetamo; for that backache!  i think the best inspiration is a nice sunny day but they have been so few and far between lately.

17/02/2014 at 14:53

Lovely photos, Marion. Spring has certainly arrived in your garden. Is that double white hellebore "Mrs Betty Ranicar"?

 Dove has one, then I bought one. Its lovely.

17/02/2014 at 16:57

Had no name when it came in a picotee collection.  But it is quite lovely and a good doer, fidgetbones.

18/02/2014 at 13:06

Oh hat a glorious day for gardening again - 11 degrees, feels warm as no wind and hazy sunshine. Spent two hours cutting back ivy in the spinney as the blackbirds have eaten all the black berries now and are regaling themselves on the cotoneaster berries.  They have not touched the hundreds of rosehips yet so still no need for birdseed.  I planted twenty cloves of Solent Wight garlic by the autumn sown ones for comparison for Mr. Fothergills Trials and took my camera crocus hunting as they open in the sun.

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