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New Year's Day 2016 Flower Count

Posted: 01/01/2016 at 12:34

Hmm, some missing from previous years - no roses, and fewer flowering weeds

This list seems more 'season - appropriate' than some of yours ... possibly due to the fact that most of my beds are in shady areas ... until the new beds are created ...

Geranium Rozanne

Cyclamen coum rubra

Helebore orientalis Mrs Betty Rannicar

Viola odorata

Primula vulgaris

Red deadnettle (lamium purpureum)

Hairy bittercress

Lawn daisy (bellis perennis)

Campanula poscharskyaria

Hellebore orientalis 'Tutu'

Hellebore ericsmithii 'Snow Love'

Viburnum bodnantense 'Charles Lamont'

Clematis cirrhosa 'Freckles'

Crocus 'Snow Bunting'

In cold frame:  Begonia semperflorens

Almost out - Sarcocca confuse and lots of snowdrops


Posted: 01/01/2016 at 11:46

SGL   I've spent far too many hours in life drawing studios to be impressed with many of them ..... however chaps never cease to be impressed by the one they've got ... the creator (whoever she is) was very wise and knew that they'd need something to play with

It's a shame that most women prefer intellect, a nice smile and a sense of humour in men ... both in such short supply    

Right, I'll put some garden shoes on and get my notebook and get out there and start counting ... don't think it'll take very long ...


Posted: 01/01/2016 at 10:42

Morning DD  and happy new year to you too (and everyone else I've missed).

Love ET ..... always makes me cry



Posted: 01/01/2016 at 10:21

Verdun - re Nursery Rhyme books - my best recommendation is to go into Waterstones and find one you really like - read all the nursery rhymes in it and check that the rhymes are the versions you know, and not Americanised ones or you'll find it really annoying!  Also there's nothing like holding the book to get the feel of the paper quality and looking at the illustrations ... some are wonderful, some are just too trite for words.  Go to Truro Waterstones and spend a morning immersing yourself in nursery rhymes   Also talk to the Waterstones staff, most are very knowledgeable and will have catalogues of books they don't have in stock - they'll order them in for you to look at and choose from.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 01/01/2016 at 10:14

Happy new year Marion - I agree, I'm not impressed by Pink Lady apples

Really looking forward to this thread - I love scented flowers


Posted: 01/01/2016 at 09:34

I'd leave it alone and enjoy it flowering.  They're short-lived plants and fairly tender, so usually die off over winter unless they're in a very sheltered position as yours is. 

Most people treat them as annual bedding and pull them up and discard them in the autumn, but if yours doesn't get frosted it may last a couple of seasons. 

Happy New Year Everyone

Posted: 01/01/2016 at 09:29

Oooh Kleipieper    Those look very good ........ I expect Verdun to appear any minute! 

Has his baby arrived yet?


Posted: 01/01/2016 at 09:21

'Cos then she'd just walk round and round in circles Little-ann

Carrots - what's the secret?!

Posted: 01/01/2016 at 08:31

For those of us not gardening in Verdun's balmy southwest, to get an early sowing in you can put cloches over the seedbed for a couple of weeks to warm the soil before sowing


Posted: 01/01/2016 at 08:25

Good morning all and Happy New Year   I slept in   has my body clock finally got the message that I don't have to get up at  5am every day any more?  Or is it just that we were woken by a firework party that went on, and on, and on ......... the new people down the road certainly go in for NYE fireworks in a big way ... very noisy ones too

We've had our first frost of the winter - the temp in the back garden dropped to 0.8C  - now the eastern sky is pink and the wood pigeons are cooing in the ash tree.

Glad you all had a good time last night ............ did Edd intend that picture to illustrate his vermiculture thread

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