- I am a keen gardener with a small plot in which I grow vegetables as well as flowers. I try to be wildlife friendly and have a small pond
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25 Apr 2017 07:02
Woke up this morning to snow. Hopefully the sun will melt it all away soon. Spring where have you go gone! After all the heat last week this snow is a bit of a shock
23 Apr 2017 17:02
Same here Obelixx, lovely day in Cheshire apart from a cold wind. We had a lovely walk along the canal and saw many spring flowers out in bloom. We watched Swallows and House Martins sweeping over the water as they fed on insects. Forecast to be much colder tomorrow, brrr!
20 Apr 2017 17:20
A nice day here in Cheshire and warmer than forecast. I am off to Spain in a week's time and wondering what to do with my tender plants. That is the problem with early holidays. Most of my greenhouse plants will survive better in the house I think.
29 Mar 2017 07:06
Well gardening is all about being patient. The birds are doing a bit of moss gathering this time of the year so they help a bit. Leaves will rot down a bit quicker in a plastic bag with a few holes punched in it But if you have a large garden you don't have to worry about piles of stuff around the place.
24 Mar 2017 16:32
Lovely day here too Marion in Cheshire. Planted out my early potatoes, broad beans and the last of my beetroot seedlings. Isn't it great to see the spring sunshine? It makes us feel that Spring has really arrived at last. Still cold in the mornings though! Gardeners' World on tonight, now that's a cheerful thought.
19 Mar 2017 17:48
I was so interested in the subject of the Andromeda gardens in Barbados featured on Gardeners'World as my daughter-in-law is a Bajan girl and has taken me and my OH around some of the lovely gardens of Barbados on our holidays there. We haven't been to that one featured on Gardeners' World so that is for the next time! It is true that the flowers we grow here in the UK grow much larger in the Caribbean climate. I remember seeing plants that we grow as house plants growing huge in their lovely gardens.
24 Feb 2017 13:37
I now know Spring is really on the way as I spotted frog spawn in my pond. Once again my clever frogs have laid it on top of the heron net, which is submerged in water so it is safe from my goldfish. I just might separate some of the taddies when they hatch and put them in a separate container to allow them to grow into frogs.
23 Feb 2017 14:53
I had to venture out to our doctor's surgery today and there were several trees down in the road. I managed to get there by going a long way round on the main roads. I hope no one gets hurt or killed in these terrible conditions. I echo Marion's words, stay safe all.
21 Feb 2017 12:32
Your daffodils are way ahead of mine Marion which goes to show how much warmer it is down in Bristol than here in Cheshire. Not to worry, our turn will come for us in the North!
17 Feb 2017 16:29
Lovely photos Marion. I have been to that Rococo garden you mentioned, very beautiful. I managed a hour in the garden today and got OH to cut all the new growth around the Bluetits nesting box. They like a clear flight path for their babies and I expect they will be house hunting soon!
16 Feb 2017 13:45
Thank you Nut and Dove for your response. As there is no frost today I expect the little creature will survive. I identified it by its brown legs and spotty markings. I am sorry to lose the indigenous species though and it has to be said that I saw very few of those last year.
16 Feb 2017 09:17
I have spotted two ladybirds which have woken up in the house. Unfortunately one was a harlequin ladybird. I couldn't bring myself to kill it so I put it outside in the cold, which seemed cruel! What would you do?
14 Feb 2017 17:31
The same here weedy. I am waiting to sow my broad beans in the greenhouse and don't want them to rot before they get going. It is forcast to get warmer thankfully.
13 Feb 2017 18:59
On reflexion I think that light is the biggest factor in bringing on the spring. Winters are certainly warmer and possibly wetter than they used to be. It is a worrying thought that humans are responsible for this climate change. I wonder how this has affected wildlife such as the length of hibernation for some species?
13 Feb 2017 15:14
I cannot deny that global warming is happening but I do have a distinct memory of when bringing my daughter and son home from hospital newly born, the daffodils were out on 23rd March and the crocus were out on the 16th February. They are 47 and 44 years of age now. Just saying.
07 Feb 2017 17:29
Oh Johnny that scene looks awesome. We are preparing ourselves for a spell of -2c temperatures over much of the UK so we don't know how lucky we are.I don't expect we will have more than a few flurries of snow and all around will be chaos! I expect you are used to your cold winters and have the right clothing and other preparations in place.
06 Feb 2017 08:11
Flumpy, I notice that you have one of those garden light things tucked in your lovely heather. I have a couple of them but they have never seemed to work, I am wondering if yours work and shine at night like they are supposed to do ?
04 Feb 2017 15:18
Flumpy, I did not thank you yesterday for your good wishes for my brother-in-law. My sister rang this morning to say that her OH is out of hospital for the weekend, good news I hope. His lung was punctured when he had a pacemaker fitted. Not at all good especially when the patient has emphysema. Still he does seem to be holding up.We are all hoping and praying for the best.
04 Feb 2017 15:10
Your spring flowers and your table cloth look lovely Marion. I hope you have the sunshine down in Somerset which we have in Cheshire to cheer you along, together with your table!
04 Feb 2017 11:31
Lovely but cold day here. OH out getting up the last of the leaves from my neighbour's Magnolia tree. It is such a nuisance being enormous and shading my greenhouse. Not going to fall out over it though. We are good friends and life is too short to make a fuss. The tree does look beautiful when in flower but I do wish it wasn't so HUGE.