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Posted: 01/01/2014 at 16:15

Just got back from a very windy, horizontal rainy, new years day walk - but it had to be done.  Lots of wet macs now drying in the kitchen.  We went to one of the areas of local heathland, as I was a bit worried about the wisdom of a woodland walk in this weather.  Most of the paths were rivers, but we were wearing wellies, so ploughed on regardless.  Satisfying in a bracing sort of way.  Saw one other couple, and no dogs in our 90 minutes rambling - oh, and a blackbird   and some flowering gorse (can I add it to my NYD list if it wasn't in my garden I wonder...)

New Year's Day 2014 Flower Count

Posted: 01/01/2014 at 13:15

Panda - looks like an iberis to me - don't have any in my garden, but looking at the lists lots of people do.  I am sure someone will confirm or deny.

New Year's Day 2014 Flower Count

Posted: 01/01/2014 at 13:04

Nut wins by a country mile !  Unless there are other challengers out there???


Posted: 01/01/2014 at 12:29

Lovely avawotsit Fairy - is it one of the flower fairies?  Used to spend ages poring over them when i had just hatched ....


Posted: 01/01/2014 at 12:03

Glad to see JohnH making a speedy return to good spirits - hope you are dancing soon!

I always use M fungi, but no idea whether it works as have never put one in without as a comparison - the GC's love me - i just part with my money, no questions asked.

Foul weather to start a new year - just been to retrieve a chicklet and the roads are flooded in parts.  OH fancies a walk, whatever the weather - think i might wrap up and join him.  And we don't even have a dog to walk 

New Year's Day 2014 Flower Count

Posted: 01/01/2014 at 11:51

Ok - my count made it to 11 - as landgirl said, it cheers the soul.  Thanks to Nut for introducing me to what will now become a Chicky tradition - its amazing what you can find flowering if you really go searching.

I have:

viburnum bodnatense Dawn

hazel catkins

a valiant rudbeckia still holding on to a couple of blooms

ditto with a scabious

a kaffir lily

native primrose





rosemary (a couple of little flowers hiding at the back, in front of a south facing wall - that was my most exciting find!!)

Still to come, but not valid for todays count are 2 daphnes, lots of hellebore buds and a winter box. My gardening year has begun


Posted: 01/01/2014 at 01:35

Happy 2014 


Posted: 31/12/2013 at 17:32

Bowing out for the evening -   here's to a very happy, healthy and successful New Year for you all.  May your gardens always have blooms (even on NYD)

For chicky

Posted: 31/12/2013 at 16:10

I want some !!  Might have to remind myself how to knit though ....

slight problem will be that there is only a limited universe of people who know me as Chicky, and the rest of the world might think i have taken leave of my senses.

love the holly berry ones too


Posted: 31/12/2013 at 12:37

Oh - and just bumped into a neighbour (had to explain I was searching my garden for flowers - he looked at me a tad strangely).  They were the ones without power for 5 days over Christmas.  They have been offered £75 per person compensation for Christmas Day and £50 pp for Boxing Day - so some of the headlines in the papers about shoddy electricity company behaviour are obviously not universally true.

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