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Posted: 23/03/2014 at 10:20

We have a forecast for mainly dry today but it is already raining.  I watched GW which I missed on Friday being out at the AGS meeting.  Quite eclectic but I have seen Carole help a young couple with children do their garden before and Monty clean out his pond.  Well gardening can be repetitive.  I shall be sowing the three outdoor tomatoes for Mr. F. trial today- "Sungold F1", "SakuraF1" and "FerlineF1", someGem Squash seeds a FB friend sent me,lobelia and Rudbeckia, Rustic Dwarfs mixed, planting some of my summer bulbs in pots and starting my Mothers Day display off.  Thank you for the kind appreciation, donutmrs.  BizzieB I have some brodiaea in the garden already,increasing nicely and it is a lovely cut flower.  You seem to be as busy as your name suggests.  May get some picyures in the afternoon.  The spring flowering shrubs are glorious this year.


Posted: 22/03/2014 at 16:01

"Charlotte" potatoes are up in the potato planter Mr. Fothergill supplied us with so will soon be earthing them up.  Have been invited out to one of my son's for Mothers Day lunch so will plant the others in a raised bed outside the day before.  Not yet four 0'clock but quite whacked now as i have cleaned patio no.2, the one outside my potting shed(back of the garage really).  I shall decorate it with pots of bulbs tomorrow and have my coffee there when it is fine as it is a different view from that picnic table to the one outside the kitchen door - just as beautiful but has more birds visiting for crumbs being further from the road.  It is like going deeper and deeper into the countryside as you travel up my garden.  Bit windy for the butterflies today.


Posted: 22/03/2014 at 13:39

Not as vile a morning as forecast.  Just a few spots of icy rain so got 17 Black Opal tomatoes pricked out in the conservatory for Mr. Fothergills Nation of Gardeners Trials and planted twenty more auriculas out in the slate scree.  The conservatory is now better organised and my neighbour came over, admired the spring bulbs and went happily home with four pots of cut and come again Mr Fothergills salad leaves for her son's work sandwiches.



Posted: 22/03/2014 at 09:20

Oh dear, so cold.  I think it will be indoor gardening today.  Our post was very late yesterday and so at 5o.clock in the middle of preparing supper for my guest I found myself opening up "Live Plants".  Had to wait till this morning to see what the bulbs were - 40 each of sparaxis, allium owstrowskianum,60 brodiaea, 70 oxalis, 60 allium moly, and 30 acidanthera.  No doubt a sales bargain I could not resist.  Well, the ground is well watered again after last night's rain so, all I need is a bit higher temperature and two or three dry days.  In the meantime any that are showing signs of sprouting will go into pots.  Some more daffs are going over now so will plant those out in the garden and free up their pots.


Posted: 21/03/2014 at 21:48

I still have that job to do and loads of daffs to divide as well and so many primulas will need to be divided after they flower.  Tonight at the AGS meeting where we had a most beautifully illustrated talk from Dr. Tony Hughes on the Dolomites, in the raffle I won four colchicums in a pot ready to be planted out as their leaves are showing.  I think somewhere in the slate scree for them.


Posted: 21/03/2014 at 17:00

My tulips "Strong Gold" were supposed to flower April into May, but are opening now.  Lots of daffs still giving me plenty of gold still, but the grape hyacinths which are legion are now in full flight and the bluebells will be opening soon.  i do admire how the Chelsea gardeners manage to get things flowering when they want them to.



Posted: 20/03/2014 at 14:37

Scree garden photos come into their own when the tamarisk blooms, Lisa.  Those Cheddar Gorge rocks have been there fifty years.  When we moved here I said I wanted to have alpines so my late husband arranged for a lorryload for me.  My garden is a naturalistic one as I am never happier than when I have colourful butterflies flying round my head and birds sitting waiting for me to throw them a worm.  but I also never throw anything out if it will grow some plants like my old wheelbarrow.  Here it is this morning and you can probably see the old bread tin with daffodils in.

And a primula sheltering from the elements in abando


ned bird perch. 


Posted: 20/03/2014 at 13:20

Here are some of my primula allionii in pots - cream (Eyres mist), purple (Dwaines choice).



Posted: 20/03/2014 at 13:17

I am dividing mine next month as they are in full bloom now so do not want to spoil the show.  i have lots of kinds of primulas but find I have to divide most of them every three years at least or else the clump runs out of nutrients and dies off.  Some like Primula "Wanda" seed themselves happily so do not worry about them or the native Primula vulgaris (primrose) and P. veris ( cowslip).  Here is Wanda this morning.



Posted: 19/03/2014 at 21:46

Oh I do wish the Chancellor had done something about a living wage for gardeners.  The minimum wage will not entice young people no matter how exciting the garden. I pricked out two lots of Mr. Fothergills tomato seedlings today and was disappointed in the one which is not on the market yet, such weak stems compared to the others that it was a very fiddly job.  I doubt whether it will make it.  Pink Charmer and Black Opal are good plants already.  Colder weather forecast so I think i will be putting down plastic on some of my raised beds tomorrow to keep the heat in the soil.  "Charlotte" potatoes to be planted outside soon.  Keep looking out my windows at the show from the primulas and polyanthus.  That is going to be a bog job dividing them in a month's time. Some of my alpines like the parahebe have succombed to the wet and died this winter so the drainage failed which is normally adequate.but Arenaria montana is still flowering profusely like it normally does.  

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