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2014

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 09:19

The Parcel post arrived before i was up with my Cyclamen Coum "Silverleaf" and my Lady series Hellebores.  Now all i need is the weather to play ball.  I don't mind planting in the rain as long as the wind stays away as I have lots of trees up in the Butterfly garden.  The first of my golden bulbs - "Pueblo" daffs, are flowering among the pelargoniums in the conservatory.  They are multiheaded with small flowers and very fragrant.  So glad I brought them in out of the windy weather.

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2014

Posted: 05/02/2014 at 21:50

Aww, Verdun, and I am enjoying writing it.  So worried about the news today about Dawlish and the Somerset levels and no end in sight of this dreadful stormy weather.  My friend has just sent me a sign of spring in his windowbox.  It cheered me no end so would like to share it with you.

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2014

Posted: 05/02/2014 at 15:49

My Golden Jubilee Year has had a very mild start but oh dear such a stormy one.  I expect this high wind has brought down lots of pink bark from my huge eucalyptus tree and more twigs will be scattered all round the garden for me to tidy.  I know the snowdrops will be looking at their best now but cannot venture out to snap them or the crocuses.  And the rain is almost nonstop again.  My basil seedlings came up in four days in my new electric propagator so the light is sufficient now to start on a lot more sowing.  A few antirrhinumas are showing too.  There is light at the end of the tunnel.

Snowdrops have started

Posted: 04/02/2014 at 11:52

I am busily spreading my clumps down from the butterfly garden and spinney into the middle garden ,my Persian Runner.  the clump i divided up last year are making a good show already and have the odd self seeded one here and there.  It was such a relief to see they liked their new home.

Primroses

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 14:46

Native primroses, cowslips and oxslips are all easy and quite beautiful.

 

2014

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 14:19

The picture above has a lot to answer for.  I have just ordered 6 9cm pots of Cyclamen coum to plant among my snowdrops.  They have silver streaked leaves which should look good among snowdrops.  I plan to plant some snowdrops when I split up the big clumps under my Stachys bysantina (Bunny Ears).for the same reason.  The leaves are evergrey and snowdrops peeping up through them will look good.

2014

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 14:40

One of my friends from the Botanic Garden visited me yesterday. i took her up to see my snowdrops and she sent me a picture of hers in the communal garden she helps care for.  Now i am planning on giving mine Cyclamen coum neighbours.  They already have the daffs.

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2014

Posted: 01/02/2014 at 21:46

February the first and the garden could not be wetter.  It is still pouring with rain and very windy in Bristol.  There are puddles in places that have never had puddles in the fifty years I have been here.  Forecast is for more of the same on Monday and Wednesday next week and i am so glad I brought ten pots of bulbs in to the conservaory from outdoors.  Lots of the daffs have buds on and hyacinths too.

2014

Posted: 01/02/2014 at 09:10

Busy Lizzie, as they are very long lived - the bergenias, i mean, they probably take some time to reach flowering size (like peonies).  There is a huge spread in the Univ. of Bristol Botanic garden whose original garden was built in 1879.  They are on the edge of the carpark and get little attention but flower prolifically.  I just take off any brown leaves at this time of year and pick bunches of flowers all through the year.  They do not need feeding but I occasionally pinch pieces off the original clump for elsewhere in the garden and this seems to give them a boost.  They do well under trees and by the sides of buildings so perhap full sun and threat of drought is not for them.

2014

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 20:11

Bergenia, Busy-Lizzie.  It was in the front garden when I came here fifty years ago and has flowered almost non-stop ever since.  I can rely on picking lots at Xmas and the "Elephant ears" leaves have been used by countless if my flower arranging friends repeatedly over the years.

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