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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.  


Posted: 18/03/2014 at 12:02

I have cowslips establishing themselves under box hedging.  My neighbour said I must see my willow tree from her garden so I took my camera round.and snapped it.

 And my forsythia from her side of the fence.


Posted: 18/03/2014 at 09:41

That looks like "Ancilla", 4th Panda, a kaufmanianna tulip.  My red ones are Batalinii Red Hunter and the yellow and red ones are "Stresa".  Lots more to come as I planted some late to do a "Chelsea" and the earl ones were put in their pots in a sheltered spot in the garden after a spell of cold weather.  Lisa, that heuchera is called "Southern Comfort" and looks a good whisky colour.  The backs of its leaves are fiery red in winter.  So glad you are enjoying my displays. Colour theme for Mother's Day is cream and pink.


Posted: 17/03/2014 at 19:13

So happy for you ,  It is good when a job you have done turns out satisfactory.  A bit greyer here now before the light went but a fairly good day forecast for tomorrow.

Talkback: A new allotment

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 16:11
Oh, I am so happy for you, Kate. A heated propagator will get your veg plants started off and ready for your new plotThe el nino effect may just bring us a hot summer. I do hope you are near the water supply. In no time at all you will have your very own robin perching on your fork and slow worms in your compost bin.


Posted: 17/03/2014 at 15:25

My tulips seem so much ahead of all my neighbours.  I ordered them in July and planted in November though they arrived in September.  Very big bulbs, definitely flowering size!  I am busy planning my Mother's day display now.

Discussions started by happymarion

Talkback: Tomato blight and potato blight

The "Charlotte" potatoes I an trialling for Mr. Fothergill are harvested from the potato planter bag and being eaten. very delicious and a ... 
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Talkback: Growing tomatoes outdoors

Growing tomatoes indoors and out is a trial the Nation of Gardeners Project is doing for Mr. Fothergill Seeds. Ferline F1 is included in th... 
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Talkback: Sowing tomato seed

I have three gems of tomatoes to sow as a participant in Mr. fothergills Trials in the nation of Gardeners project, called "Black Opal". "Pi... 
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My Golden Jubilee Garden 
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Talkback: Autumn goes out in a blaze of glory

My acer seedlings from the Botanic Garden which I weeded are all different colouring - salmon pink, rich toffee, crimson. pale pink and a ve... 
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clematis in need of identification

an unlabeled gift of a clematis in need of a name. 
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Autumn colour

Celebrating the warm colours of autumn 
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Talkback: Didiscus coerulea 'Blue Lace'

One of my birthday presents was Kalanchoe "Bronze Sculpture" which is commonly known as the Paddle plant but this one has bronze colored tip... 
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Painting what you've grown

Letting other people see what can be done to immortalise your plants. 
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Summer has arrived

Let's share the lovely flowers and veg. in our gardens this summer. 
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picture difficulties

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Talkback: Gardening in Russia

Awww, it was the same for my sister gardening in Edmonton in Canada, James. It was amazing how much they could grow in their very short thr... 
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Spring sweethearts

The sun shone brightly enough for my tulips to open up,something that thrills me every spring. 
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Spring Spectacular

The Garden Sculpture Exhibition at the Bristol Botanic Garden  
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Talkback: House sparrows

In the eighties I used to stop counting at 20 when the sparrows descended on my garden. The wild patch og groud at the back of my garden wa... 
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