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2014

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 10:39

Eight packets of seeds sown and placed in heated propagator - six types of tomato, including the three for Mr. Fothergills Trials and three for my golden display, Sungold, Sunrise and Sausage.  Also sown Zinnias and Heliopsis.  Much windier today but must get some tidying done outside before Sunday visitors arrive.  Garden very lovely with lots of spring flowers so probably go snapping later.

2014

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 11:20

A host of golden daffodils - Pueblo up top and Hoopoe on the floor.  you will just have to imagine the perfume.

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2014

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 09:31

Hoopoe is a wonderful scented narcissus and a good doer,  No blind bulbs and lots of florets.  So lovely to see the bird,Pottie Pam.  I am glad my choice has inspired so many of you.  Some of you may know i looked after the Orobanche garden at the Univ. of Bristol Botanic garden for some years.  Well orobanches have dozens of florets on each leafless stem usually but one, O. uniflora has just one, though several stems come up together.  It's host plant is a heuchera and it grows in Canada.  Last night at a talk at our meeting of the Bristol group of the Alpine Garden Society i saw its picture as the lecturer who was talking on the flora of British Columbia and Alberta had come across it.  It made my year.  I shall be boring all my friends at the Botanic garden.  Incidentally I have two orobanches in flower in my front garden a good two months early.  They have loved the mild wet winter.

2014

Posted: 21/02/2014 at 11:00

I am more determined than ever t

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o split up a lot of my huge clumps of snowdrops next week and replant round the garden.  My friend visited Welford Park and sent me pictures of theirs!

2014

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 09:41

Rained a lot through the night once more so will wait a bit for the garden to dry up but I can see from the bungalow that a lot of daffodil buds have opened .  All this rain and the mild weather is suiting them.  I think it is mostly February gold and Tete a Tete.  I

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have started taking some in pots to the front garden to share with the passers-by.  Some of the neighbours can see the display in the conservatory which is quite uplifting but not visible from the road.  The bergenia flowers have reveled in the warmth and wet and are swamping the huge leaves with their pink florets.

2014

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 10:47

I must try it from seed, TY GG.  Very wet out again in Bristol .  I think we had a lot of rain through the night.  But this daffodil called "Hoopoe" is scenting the whole bungalow as I have four pots of them in the conservatory so I do not mind staying in for a bit till things dry up.

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 I did pop out for two hellebore flowers to put in my little jampots that came with luxury jam at Xmas.  My pelargoniums are still filling the conservatory with pinks and red too.

2014

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 16:08

My snowdrops grow in among the nettles I grow as the food plant for the butterfly caterpillers.  They are almost ready to divide now and lots of them have been pollinated so they will be scattering  their seed soon.  I know that euphorbia from the university of Bristol Botanic Garden.  Lovely spring pictures, thank you.

2014

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 13:06

Oh hat a glorious day for gardening again - 11 degrees, feels warm as no wind and hazy sunshine. Spent two hours cutting back ivy in the spinney as the blackbirds have eaten all the black berries now and are regaling themselves on the cotoneaster berries.  They have not touched the hundreds of rosehips yet so still no need for birdseed.  I planted twenty cloves of Solent Wight garlic by the autumn sown ones for comparison for Mr. Fothergills Trials and took my camera crocus hunting as they open in the sun.

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2014

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 16:57

Had no name when it came in a picotee collection.  But it is quite lovely and a good doer, fidgetbones.

2014

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 14:13

So glad to have been of help.  Hope you had a nice hot bath and some paracetamo; for that backache!  i think the best inspiration is a nice sunny day but they have been so few and far between lately.

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