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in The potting shed
OMG how I envy you all, I've just looked at the two websites given above. Such beautiful hellebores, I would spend a fortune on those if I had the chance, but no such beauties available here, just the plain white ones (although I like them too) and sort of wishy-washy reddish ones.
Rambling Rose wrote (see)
No doubt will start with secateurs and end up with a saw! Does anyone else have that problem?
Spring is definitely arriving here in the South East. Even if we get cold weather back, the days are noticeable longer, the birds are perking up and buds are popping.
My soil is sandy, so I can dig with ease any time of year but need to feed and mulch like its going out of fashion.
Jobs today included dividing a large fern, moving the last bare root rose in the wrong place and oh yes...I found my missing Tulips in another bed. I had totally forgotten where I planted them, luckily, its pretty established and not one I usually end up treading all over in ignorance. Lets hope they look okay.
Tomorrow's jobs include taking delivery of some replacement fencing, the last of the heavy pruning...with a saw and I still need to design two beds that were a bit of a rush job last year because I have all these potted plants that need proper homes and end up saying, "oh that'll do there". Making more work in the following seasons when I decide I hate it.
So, this year's philosophy is to not stress over gaps in the borders but feel excited about eventually finding the perfect plant, how ever long it takes.
I finally got out in my garden (well if you call a 7m by 4.5m paved area a garden) over the weekend. Pruned clematis, roses and fuchsia. Also cut back old perennials from last summer. When I cut back I found a lovely dark Hellebore. I agree that it's too easy to become hooked. I tried to add some pics but it let mechoose which I wanted but then when I clicked upload- nothing!
It was bent up so I could take the pic! Can't wait to see it fully open.
Still having problems trying to upload pics of my other Hellebore.
It is just letting me upload one on each message if I'm lucky!!
im entering the 3rd year in my house and last year we decided to put some low maintence shrubs in so I dont have too many jobs to do other than a few weeds here and there and just looking after the seedlings in the house. I have chives,basil, parsley, strawbs and petunias not doing to bad at the moment. Im enjoying the lighter nights as it is nicer to walk my puppy we have had since oct in the evening.
Heard the woodpecker today.
Planted out to pts of cylamen coum, hopefully they will eventually carpet the 2 beds i've put them in. Potted on plants that have been overwintering in GH