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Posted: 03/11/2014 at 14:26

Despite my red nose and very cold feet and hands, no one could have been happier than I was gardening in the sunshine today.  First I planted a huge bagful of Tulips called Fur Elise given me by my friend which prompted me to put the piano version of Beethoven's piece on my laptop which has superb sound.  Then I found  spots for four of my newly hardened off trailing winter pansies and planted out six of my Heuchera Key Lime Pie plants I grew from cuttings.  Then i warmed up in the conservatory pricking out 18 more Oriental poppies for Mr. Fothergills trials.  Bliss.



Posted: 03/11/2014 at 09:02

Oh such a chilly Monday morning.  I definitely need to look out some thick jumpers and socks for my boots as there are some puddles left in the garden from last night's rain and I really must bring in a lot of tender plants since the forecast for tonight is just 6 degrees which might damage some.  I have a feeling i will be putting on the central heating for a few hours tonight too.  Last week was delightful and I am so glad now I took advantage of the warmth,especially as my brown face makes me look as if I have just come back from a holiday abroad!  But as Shakespeare put it in one of his sonnets "Marion's nose looks red and  raw" will be more like it this week.


Posted: 02/11/2014 at 21:25

Oh, Clarington, I like to post lots of pictures as well as chat about my garden.  Sometimes I feel my command of English is not sufficient to do justice to it!  


Posted: 02/11/2014 at 21:08

Yes, flumpy1 I do not think there will be much green tomato chutney made up and down the land this year but lots of tomato ketchup.  I think my conservatory is going to be full of flowers at Xmas.  I still have lots to bring in before the frost threatens which it may do next week.


Posted: 02/11/2014 at 14:09

Brilliant sunshine tempted me out.  Luckily i was working on this side of the duckpond when the sky went black and the heavens opened.  I had just managed to plant up 60 more tulips in two big pots when i had to dive for the kitchen door.  It stopped as suddenly as it had started and now brilliant sunshine again but also a deeper duckpond and I do not like gardening in wellies so perhaps more cooking of apples if no visitors come to tea.


Posted: 02/11/2014 at 09:02

Quite a duckpond on the patio this morning which is not draining away all that quickly so we must have had some very heavy rain while I was asleep.  Forecast is for a dry day so weeding should be very easy after such a downpour.  I bet a lot of bonfires have been soaked if they were not covered up last night.  There were a lot of bangs last night though so perhaps a lot of the fireworks are already used.  i think this morning may be a good one for making room in the freezer and putting in some apples of which I have many piles in the kitchen.


Posted: 01/11/2014 at 21:46

And inside my conservatory tonight.



Posted: 01/11/2014 at 21:29

My conservatory shining in the darkness.



Posted: 01/11/2014 at 16:35

Beginning to get dark now, flumpy1 so have to come indoors.  Such a beautiful day and rain on the way to water all my planting!

Came across this ground covering shrub but need help identifying it. x2 photos

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 13:34

Is it a species of Pachsandra.  There are several that are used quite frequently for ground cover under tall trees.  The one at the Bristol bot. Garden has pretty flowers in the spring.

Discussions started by happymarion

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