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Hello from a fine sunny day in Lincolnshire , my wife has gone to the Alllotment to put daffs , garlic and onions in
I have got a meeting to go to , however did have yesterday afternoon tidying up the garden still lots to do so don't feel to bad about it
AGS monthly meeting tonight. The talk is about bulbs so should see some lovely pictures of them flowering in the wild. Last time we had a talk about bulbs I went on line when I got home and bought hundreds of kaufmanniana tulips. Oh dear, and I have just paid the gas engineer.
Such a lovely lecture we had on Rare and Classical bulbs tonight at the AGS. The speaker, Gill Hazell, was excellent and her slides glorious. She brought many rare bulbs to sell and they were very cheap. She even let us have Lachenalia free. I had aurea the yellow one. I came away with her catalogue to drool over.
Looks like another good day for gardening, dry and warm. My friend who came to supper last night before the AGS meeting had been food shopping and brought me some treats including feta cheese so I will be using some of the last of my tomatoes and my new cut and come again salad leaves and rocket to make a Greek salad for lunch. Sowing those saladings at the end of September outside for mr. Fothergills trials has certainly paid off with this milder than normal October we have had. But it is a bit too risky not to bring in my orchids so five cymbidiums in their big pots will come into the conservatory today. I shall look up the internet to see what I do with my new freebie, my lachenalia.
Cymbidiums indoors and diascias in my cold frame. When it started to drizzle I came in and pricked out 15 of Mr. Fothergills aubrieta plants. There are so many you would not notice I had touched the seed tray. I can see a lot of them will end up in the raffle at the AGS. I will put my Lachenaliaaloides aurea freebie into pots later. The bulbs are very tiny so may have to wait for flowers.
Seems too good to be true but another dry warm day on the cards for Bristol so I shall abandon my pricking out to get out there. Soon be time to plant tulips of which I have hundreds and I have not scratched the surface of my bags and bags of daffs yet.
Oh my gosh the fairies visited my garden last night. After clearing a metre or so of border for some hemerocallis I went up the potager to check on my newly planted Pea Meteor plants and found in one of my raised beds six huge lavender bushes had been laid out along one side, presumably by one of my neighbours who works in demolition and often puts lovely big pots tetc over the fence for me out of the skips. This is the first time it has been plants and loads of very good soil on the roots! The smallest is about two feet across so I will plant that one in a big pot which will be denuded of its pelargoniums and the other five will become a lavender hedge somewhere. I have lifted them out of the raised bed and put them in the bog garden site to be sure to keep damp till I can replant them. Which is why I am sitting typing filling the study with lavender scent. My clothes are impregnated with it. Never a dull moment it seems in my Golden Jubilee Year. I wonder which stately home is digging out its lavender hedges?
Pictures from the garden today. The spindle bush is beautiful, my saladings belie the fact I have been picking all week They were sown on Sept.25th and have been outside all the time. My winter pansies are ready to be planted out to make room for more pricking out in the conservatory.
Marion I love your pink flowers such a lovely picture, I also have a big lavender next to my shed it smells gorgeous every time I walk past. I'm thinking of growing sweet peas next year, when would I need to sow the seeds?.
weather in the north is wet and very windy at the moment, hope it cheers up soon
You can sow sweet pea seeds now, flumpy 1 if you want them early but I found last year , though some survived they were no earlier than sowing early March.and I picked them all summer long up till last week. Sow heritage variety if you want scent.
IT is another mild day with blue skies and sunny at the moment but I think I will take note of the forecast for stormy weather tonight and batten down the hatches today. The runner beans have finished cropping so can tidy that raised bed and store the bamboo canes away in the garage.
My spindle bush was a present from the many birds that visit my garden and until it flowered for the first time I was unaware of what it was. It is a real beauty.
I have been pricking out aquilegias from their seed tray and giggling at the goatee beards my trailing pansies are sporting now.
I had to dodge the showers today which were very heavy when they came but intermittent so I managed to pot up another of the freebie lavender bushes, pot up the five pelargoniums that came out of said pot , deadhead the Jubilee Border (Generous Gardener Rose is still covered in flowers) and pick a huge basket of apples to take to the church ladies when I give my talk on Wednesday. Clocks go back next Sunday so soon the days will be so short. Perhaps getting up earlier is the answer to that one.
Good evening Marion , loving the goatee beards ha, lovely colours too, thanks for the advice on my sweet peas, I'm taking a week off in March so I will sow them then, you sound like you've been busy, let's hope the weather dosn't damaged to much tonight , it's dry at the moment in the north but a little windy, hope your friends enjoy there apples Marion
I .have just watched Monty's new series on Big Dreams -Small Spaces. The participants seemed to have quite big gardens. big budgets and lots of friends to help but it was a bit different from the other gardening programs And seeing the horrible clay in one garden reminded me of the bugbear my garden used to be because of it. My two youngest girls used to make dolls pottery out of it and bake them in the greenhouse.
I can hear the wind today indoors and it feels colder but the forecast warning is for stormy weather about 10 am in Bristol so will put on my old raincoat and have a quick safari round the garden to check all is safe while the sun is out.
A warmer, calm dry morning today in Bristol which I was happy to see as I am giving my first talk on my Golden Jubilee Garden this afternoon. I have gathered the things together I am taking as freebies - lots of big apples, garlic bulbs from Mr. Fothergills trials, hand outs with names of the plants, photos printed out of the marvellous cake my FB friends brought me,and of course my memory stick with my slides on. I am so looking forward to it and glad the storm has subsided so it is safer for the ladies to come out.
Good luck with your talk Marion, sounds an exciting day Wrap up warm xx
Thank you. Beaus Mum. It is a lovely warm church hall and they always provide lovely tea and cake!
Look forward to hearing all about it, sounds like everyone will enjoy it, you have put a lot of effort into it. If I loved in Bristol I would be there Of course need cake details too! I have wandered over from the potting shed!
Home from giving my talk. all went well and was well received and I brought back an empty basket. I heard loads of tales of woe of bad fruit crops which surprised me. The cake was delicious home-made fruit cake and nice tea in new mugs. I was invited to their Xmas Dinner on Dec. 10th! so that has been put on calender.