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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.


Posted: 31/12/2013 at 12:34

Still 11.5 hours left Woody - plenty of time for some more rants yet !!  OH just come back from an aborted trip to the SM as he couldn't get in the car park for the queues ... he still has plenty of 2013 ranting potential in him ...

Nut - why don't you open a new thread for the NYD flower count?  That way posters that don't venture on to the Forkers thread can join in the fun too .  I'd do it myself, but not sure I would get the rules absolutely right - and that could cause untold confusion


Posted: 31/12/2013 at 11:55

Just done a preliminary survey - will be lucky if i make it to double digits   Maybe tomorrow my eyes will be sharper


Posted: 31/12/2013 at 09:43

I am willing my daphne to open - lovely fat buds tinged with purple, ready to burst any day ...... But will they be ready by tomorrow?  The excitement mounts .......


Posted: 30/12/2013 at 22:50

Think i might have stumbled into a Homer Simpson thread ........


Posted: 30/12/2013 at 19:29

A virtual "Forker Trophy", which can be proudly displayed on the virtual mantelpiece for one year only ......

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