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Posted: 14/02/2016 at 19:45

Had a wonderful day gardening. Felt good to be out there at last. Lots of things emerging which made weeding a quite exciting experience (I don't get out much).

seeds sown too .....they have been going about 3 hours now, but when I checked 5 minutes ago there was no sign of germination yet. Thanks for the cephalaria warning Hosta, I will treat them with caution.  Saw them at a yellow book garden last summer and fell in love  - like scabious on speed

Camera Talk

Posted: 14/02/2016 at 18:20

How beautiful Fairy - hope you were wrapped up warm

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 14/02/2016 at 18:15

My first real gardening of 2016  Good to have mucky hands again

Cut back all my rudbeckia and trimmed other stuff in those beds.  Made a start on the weeding - chose the bit where my pulmonaria are, so that I can admire their lovely flowers without having to grind my teeth. Moved my tulip pots out of the way of marauding deer - lots of shoots showing.  And started off some seeds in a windowsill propagator.

Feeling very content.....I love gardening


Posted: 14/02/2016 at 09:19

Ouch Berghill. Hope it mends quickly.

Going to venture out into my patch today as its the first weekend day this year that its not waterlogged or frozen (or at least it seems that way).  Have so much to do I don't know where to start, so I think I will just get stuck in to the first bit that catches my eye.  Definitely need to move my tulip pots to safety, as I can see lots of green shoots that the deer will munch if they find them

Also going to start my first windowsill of seeds off too ...rudbeckia, echinacia, scabious and (new to me) cephalaria

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 13/02/2016 at 20:06


  Already planning how to spend the cash .........

Sweet Pea Know How

Posted: 13/02/2016 at 19:34

I grew Eagle sweetpeas on your recommendation last year David .....they were wonderful No going back for me now.  I have held off sowing this weekend - will leave it til March ..... thanks for the tips


Posted: 13/02/2016 at 19:28

Happens to me sometimes too - I assumed it was slugs, but I don't know for sure


Posted: 13/02/2016 at 19:27

Lily - the white/pinky spots one is called conny.  The one above was in the garden today and not labelled - but I brought home one very similar which was Harvingtons dusky.


Posted: 13/02/2016 at 17:13

Just back from a lovely afternoon at West Dean - we saw Sarah, would have stopped and passed on your regards if I had known Hosta.  Rain mostly held off, but a biting easterly wind made us glad we had dressed up warm.  We went round the gardens (beautiful hellebores and snowdrops) and then did the two mile walk round the arboretum ....enough for me to feel like I deserved the huge slice of carrot cake that somehow made its way on to my plate


 One of these came home with me too .....instead of roses tomorrow

Sounds like your intolerable situation is about to turn a corner Wonky - keeping everything crossed for Tuesday.

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 13/02/2016 at 16:55

Wonderful Dove. Love the way the white sparkles out from the background

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