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Posted: 04/01/2015 at 14:34

Greenhouse heater thermostat appears not to be working very well.

0.2 C at the mo!!!

I've turned it up a bit.  I was going to pot up the erythroniums as the ground is solid. But the compost is solid too, i've put it against the heater to defrost.

Does anyone grow erythroniums? I bought a single one in a 5 inch pot. Do I put one bulb(corm??/) per pot, if so 3 , 4 ,or 5 inch pot?

Must check hellebore seeds for any signs of life. I wasn't expecting any seedlings until March.

We now appear to have freezing fog. A trip to the local garden centre gave us, one packet of mammoth onion seed, some nougat for mum, some half price xmas decorations. OH wanted that silver lametta stuff for xmas  tree, cant get silver, but now have gold for next year.

Also they have a lovely huge new cafe, selling good coffee.

Shame they had bugger all in the way of decent plants to fill the bed at mums, where we are taking up a row of paving slabs. Oh well, I have bulbs in pots that we can use to fill it up until summer bedding is ready.


Posted: 04/01/2015 at 08:30

Ill go and feed the birds, dressed in a long white dressing gown,and green wellies. I dont suppose the birds will mind, and the neighbours can't see me there.


Posted: 04/01/2015 at 08:26

Good morning everyone. The grass is all crunchy here, it was last night when I emptied clothes out of the dryer(in the garage).

Can I have a bacon butty too,  Dove?

I'll put a pot of coffee on.

Ive got some  erythronium to plant. I forgot them, they have been in water overnight rehydrating. It  looks like I'll need a hammer and chisel to plant them.

NYD flower count 2015

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 12:15

Oh and a couple of mouldy raspberries, I'm leaving for the Blackbirds since they had most of the others anyway.

NYD flower count 2015

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 12:13

still got a lot of snow, but

Nuts Cyclamen coum (in pot but outside)

a single flower of purple Hesperis matronalis

double pale purple primula

Hellebore shooting star. Lots of buds on other hellebores , but not open yet.

 a single flower on each of  a white Pulmonaria, and a Dark pink form.

Catkins on Garrya elliptica James Roof.

Viburnum bodnantense Dawn.

In greenhouse, Pineapple sage is still flowering, but s it went down to minus 2.6 C with the heater on, I suspect I will have lost a lot of stuff. The banana plant looks like its had it.


My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 09:13

Happy New Year, Marion. 

I'm sure your new thread will be as interesting as last year.


getting ready for the great Garden Bird Watch

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 09:10

New restaurant in town, everyone tries it, then goes back to the trusted favourite.

I feed the birds all year round. They know where to come in bad weather.

getting ready for the great Garden Bird Watch

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 08:53

All my birds deserted me on bird count day. I think the neighbours with kids put out food that day,and my birds went to check  out new feeding points. The blackbirds are currently queuing in the magnolia, waiting for breakfast.

storing daffodil bulbs

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 08:38

Plant them now. Discard any that are soggy or mouldy.

I had a bagful I bought one January in the sale for nearly nothing. Planted straight away, they flowererd a little later than usual thats  all.


Posted: 01/01/2015 at 08:30

Still got snow here. Last night it starting raining on top of frozen and packed down snow, so pavements and side roads dreadful. Tense, careful, drive home from work,picking up a bottle of prosecco en route, onlt to fall asleep at 9pm. Woken by fireworks, went back to sleep.

Happy new  year everyone.

Glad to see you are on the mend, Stacey. 

Good to see you back , sunflower lady. Hellebore seeds should be germinating soon, if the mice haven't eaten them all.

I hope everyone has a happy ,healthy, and prosperous new year.

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