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Anyone name this bee magnet please?

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 10:10

Indeed not dull now, & later I grow clematis on mine - but probably if its wasn't such a wonderful early shrub for its flowers, nectar etc., I probably would overlook it regarding it's summer appearance. I've not had anyone nest in mine, but several birds do so in other parts of the garden, so I must not be greedy.  Maybe a bit near the feeders for happy nesting. 

Talkback: Growing hellebores

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 10:08

No garden passion is, everything is wonderful in its own right and time - wish I had more space for the collections I'd love to have, but as it is everything overgrows everything else - & more things will somehow get here and planted somewhere.  Do you think anyone would notice if thee  grassy area (can't call it a lawn under the trades description rules!), got a bit smaller?  Again!!!

What now for my indoor hyacinths?

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 10:05

Hear hear re the lovely surprise in a corner you had forgotten about!  Glad to hear someone voted for the pinks, though I still can't really like them -some of the very deep ones OK, but blue then white would get my vote.   

I brought in some winter flowering bush honeysuckle twigs as the hyacinths were about over, they perfume the whole house too - not silly strong but gorgeous.

Hmm, bought some more hyacinths in a pot which were looking lonely, never could resist a plant offer -they'll do fine ………….

Anyone name this bee magnet please?

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 19:58

Pick a couple of twigs for a small vase, they will perfume the house beautifully - makes the keeping of an otherwise rather dull shrub worth its space. 

DIY Potting Shed

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 19:56

We did it on our allotment, the only things we bought were 4 good posts for the corners, the rest was all from skip dives or dumped stuff - got some clear (ish) corrugated plastic too so made an almost greenhouse too!

Advice would be greatfully appreciated

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 19:55

  Oregano has, delightfully, become a weed in this garden.  I had several different kinds in pots, they have all self seeded everywhere, and thrive with no attention whatsoever.  Mind, this garden drains pretty well, which is a good thing this year. 

What now for my indoor hyacinths?

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 19:53

We are particularly fond of the blue ones as well - interesting that no-one seems to find the pink the best - they were  all that were left in the shops this week!   I expect someone will now say they love the pinks the best - well, someone should. 

What now for my indoor hyacinths?

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 17:15

I find that it sometimes takes a year or so for them to recover from being forced, but I now have hyacinths in all sorts of places where I have tucked them in after indoor flowering.  Seems awful to throw them out and quite unnecessary too.   It is true that they do flower slightly smaller, but the perfume is just as good, and once they get massed together as they years go on, they look great anyway, smaller or not. 

Talkback: Growing hellebores

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 17:10

I pull out just about every forgetmenot I can see at the end of the flowering season, which leaves me enough to be gorgeous but not totally overrun!!  

The darker reddish hellebores have started to push up buds, more than I expected i am happy to say, while the white ones have been open for a while - the pale one with the spotted inside is fully open, lots of flowers and beautiful.

Amazing how much flowering there is going on out there, tho' from indoors it doesn't look as if anything is happening at all except snowdrops and polyanthus - but it isn't so.  Little irises, the reticula group, and the first hepatica nobilis shining out at me from a patch of greenery where it must have self seeded - more power to it and long may it spread. 


Spring is getting closer.

Posted: 12/02/2014 at 17:12

Although this has been, and still is, a horrid, wet and windy day, the hedge is alive with small birds  chasing each other about - mostly blue tits and sparrow, plus a pair of robins, so in spite of it all, they think Spring may be on its way!  

Snowdrops are gorgeous, daffs. got their buds, loads of bulbs poking up - especially the ones I can't remember planting there.  Some aconite's, a plant I have tried for many years to get established, and this year it looks as if they might really give it a go - hooray. 

Some years ago a crocus bulb fell from my hand and rolled under the step at the at the front of our house, no soil there, just a tiled step - it has flowered every year since, and this year has 4 flower stems showing deeply purple there.  No idea where it gets its nourishment, but it is slowly spreading - great.

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