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18/02/2014 at 15:34

Hello again Marion - it really has been lovely in the sunshine - between the showers. It is such a pleasure to see everything bursting forth in your garden.

thought I'd just share some crocus and rosehips with you, and the fascinating euphorbia myrsinites which do so well both here and in my vertical rock garden in the Languedoc.

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Sorry - I don't think I've quite got the hang of uploading photos yet - some of these seem to have rotated - ah well, we seniors must continue to learn new skills!

 

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 My shady bed is full of double snowdrops, amongst cyclamen coum (and some low growing geraniums, dormant right now) - strange to think they will be completely concealed once the Allium Christophii and Crocosmia Lucifer take over later in the year.

18/02/2014 at 16:08

My snowdrops grow in among the nettles I grow as the food plant for the butterfly caterpillers.  They are almost ready to divide now and lots of them have been pollinated so they will be scattering  their seed soon.  I know that euphorbia from the university of Bristol Botanic Garden.  Lovely spring pictures, thank you.

19/02/2014 at 10:26

looking back at that euphorbia I can see it is really ready for cutting back but it's such a shame to lose those lovely whorls of leaf.  I'm quite proud of them as they were grown from seed and that gave me lots to give away to friends.  It's a rockery plant really, and looks best overhanging a low wall.

19/02/2014 at 10:47

I must try it from seed, TY GG.  Very wet out again in Bristol .  I think we had a lot of rain through the night.  But this daffodil called "Hoopoe" is scenting the whole bungalow as I have four pots of them in the conservatory so I do not mind staying in for a bit till things dry up.

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 I did pop out for two hellebore flowers to put in my little jampots that came with luxury jam at Xmas.  My pelargoniums are still filling the conservatory with pinks and red too.

20/02/2014 at 09:41

Rained a lot through the night once more so will wait a bit for the garden to dry up but I can see from the bungalow that a lot of daffodil buds have opened .  All this rain and the mild weather is suiting them.  I think it is mostly February gold and Tete a Tete.  I

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have started taking some in pots to the front garden to share with the passers-by.  Some of the neighbours can see the display in the conservatory which is quite uplifting but not visible from the road.  The bergenia flowers have reveled in the warmth and wet and are swamping the huge leaves with their pink florets.

21/02/2014 at 11:00

I am more determined than ever t

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o split up a lot of my huge clumps of snowdrops next week and replant round the garden.  My friend visited Welford Park and sent me pictures of theirs!

21/02/2014 at 22:38

That is beautiful, Marion. I'm going to split some of my snowdrops too. Did it last year with really good results. I often plant them around hostas then they don't bother each other as they are awake at different times of year.

21/02/2014 at 22:48

Good idea to plant snowdrops round hostas B-L. I must do that, it will mark where the hostas are before I tread on the shoots.

I love 'Hoopoe' Marion, I'll put it on my list for next season.

Gardening granny, watch that Euphorbia. It's the only one that's ever injured me. I cut it back on a hot day and the sap must have come off in a fine spray, not noticed by me. After about an hour my face went numb. I washed it but must have screwed my eyes up because over the next few days the skin came off my eyelids. Very sore

 

21/02/2014 at 23:19

Hello marion

Getting hoopoe too.  I grow cheerfulness for its scent.  You reckon hoopoe is as good?

Lovely pics as always

Nut.....yes beware of euphorbias.  Learned that lesson myself too the hard way

22/02/2014 at 06:37

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A hoopoe I caught on camera  about ten years ago.

I'm getting hoopoe too.

22/02/2014 at 09:31

Hoopoe is a wonderful scented narcissus and a good doer,  No blind bulbs and lots of florets.  So lovely to see the bird,Pottie Pam.  I am glad my choice has inspired so many of you.  Some of you may know i looked after the Orobanche garden at the Univ. of Bristol Botanic garden for some years.  Well orobanches have dozens of florets on each leafless stem usually but one, O. uniflora has just one, though several stems come up together.  It's host plant is a heuchera and it grows in Canada.  Last night at a talk at our meeting of the Bristol group of the Alpine Garden Society i saw its picture as the lecturer who was talking on the flora of British Columbia and Alberta had come across it.  It made my year.  I shall be boring all my friends at the Botanic garden.  Incidentally I have two orobanches in flower in my front garden a good two months early.  They have loved the mild wet winter.

22/02/2014 at 10:47

Good idea to split the snowdrops - my clumps are now looking in need of a bit of division.  Trouble is I forget where I have moved them to and end up digging them up throughout the year as I pop other things in.  By November I have a series of little pots holding the various bulbs I have manged to dig up during the year and I am desperately trying to remember what they all might be.  I end up with pots of bulbs which then get re-planted when they come into bloom the next year.  I am often surprised by what I've got

 

22/02/2014 at 11:20

A host of golden daffodils - Pueblo up top and Hoopoe on the floor.  you will just have to imagine the perfume.

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23/02/2014 at 10:39

Eight packets of seeds sown and placed in heated propagator - six types of tomato, including the three for Mr. Fothergills Trials and three for my golden display, Sungold, Sunrise and Sausage.  Also sown Zinnias and Heliopsis.  Much windier today but must get some tidying done outside before Sunday visitors arrive.  Garden very lovely with lots of spring flowers so probably go snapping later.

23/02/2014 at 12:25

What a difference this last mild week has made.  Lots of spring flowers in bloom including the bigger daffs and the anemone blanda and celandines.  My bargain basement bulbs have started to flower too - only planted in January.  a lot of bulbs which will go in the spinney after flowering and four wicker planters for scented begonias - quite a bargain for £20 all in.  The daffs have joined the snowdrops and crocuses in the butterfly garden.  Bumble bees everywhere up there.  Blossom on the prunus is quite breathtaking.

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23/02/2014 at 12:40

More spring pictures in the sunshine on Feb. 23rd.

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23/02/2014 at 13:21

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23/02/2014 at 15:36

Hope the earthquake didn't catch you Marion. Would love to see the breathtaking prunus too.

Wish I could get my bergenias to do something....anything.  They must be in the wrong place - what conditions do they like?

Good to see the celandines at last - brazen hussy is doing her thing but I'm still waiting for the fancy double ones I got several years ago.  They are really lovely, but of course don't self seed, unlike all other celandines which reach thug proportions very quickly.

23/02/2014 at 18:30

We did not feel the tremors here at all.  Bergenias like poor soil, shady situation but some sun when available and Irishman's cuttings taken from the edge of the clump tp propagate.  Next door's are in rich soil and poor specimens compared to mine.  In fifty years they have never been fed but just had the old brown leaves cut off once a year and the occasional soaking if we have a drought.

25/02/2014 at 11:39

Oh my goodness, there I was, taking a breather after my exertions, watching with great pleasure a couple of sparrows chirping to one another on the pear tree above my head, when I suddenly felt a cold wind on my glowing cheek, the sky went dark, and I knew I had to stop congratulating myself on at last seeing the end  of the ivy tunnel and make a dash for it.  A hundred yard sprint got me to the back door just before the old penny size raindrops and by the time my gardening boots were replaced by my slippers the heavens had opened.  And I had promised myself fun taking pictures of my two beautiful large prunus trees to post!  Thank goodness I had not taken my camera up with me.  Hundreds of daffs are in flower and the snowdrops and crocuses and primulas are a treat still but the prunus blossom has captured my heart.

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