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2014

Posted: 16/02/2014 at 10:55

In the front garden, Feb.16th   The pink winter heather is getting its colour;  the white one is making a great show at the gate; the bergenia is in full flower; The hellebores are just beautiful; The chaemoneles is going to be covered in blossom soon.

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2014

Posted: 16/02/2014 at 10:42

A check in the conservatory first.  Lots of buds on my new Rhododendron "Shamrock" and a great show from Daff. "Pueblo".  There is lots of green showing on the daggs in the garden outside so they are not far behind.  The four pots of seedlings in the seedtrays that came with my new propagator have been moved to the windowsills and new seeds planted of salads and annuals.  All but one up including the Cape gooseberries.

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2014

Posted: 16/02/2014 at 10:22

Oh what a wonderful 2hours my camera and i have had touring my garden, dodging my shadow in the brilliant sunshine.  Now with glowing cheeks i am off to edit my pictures.  watch this space.  No one seeing my garden would believe we had had a winter at all in Britain this year.

Talkback: Sowing tomato seed

Posted: 15/02/2014 at 15:44
I have three gems of tomatoes to sow as a participant in Mr. fothergills Trials in the nation of Gardeners project, called "Black Opal". "Pink Charmer F1", and Orange Slice"F1. As well as those I will be growing my usual "Gardeners delight", "Sunrise " and "Sungold" the first and last of which I eat like sweets. After new potatoes and the onion family and runner and dwarf beans, tomatoes are a priority in my cuisine. I am still using last year's crop via pasta sauce I froze. Good luck with the weather this year, Kate.

2014

Posted: 15/02/2014 at 13:18

It is all systems go this Saturday. Lunch will have to wait.  Two Rhododendron "Shamrock" - a yellow flowered variety have just arrived from Jersey Plants so I had to brave the wet garden to get them some rain water.  They are beautiful plants in 3l pots. covered in buds which look promising for St. Patrick's Day in a month's time.  I will plant them out in the garden after they have flowered.  Poor things came by boat in that stormy weather and so well packed that only one tiny twig (now a cutting) had snapped off.

2014

Posted: 15/02/2014 at 12:21

Got a bit wet going on safari up the garden to inspect after the horrific storm last night - high winds, thunder and lightning right overhead and yet more heavy rain.  No damage is evident although a lot of tidying is required.  But the February parcel from MR. Fothergill has arrived and, although it has to remain secret till all participants have received theirs, it is a beauty. very exciting things to grow.  Forecast says a dry afternoon from about three but cold tonight so I will wait to see if we have any frost tonight before planting.  We are promised a sunny, dry, Sunday.

2014

Posted: 14/02/2014 at 22:06

Love the "girl"bit, Verdun.

2014

Posted: 14/02/2014 at 19:57

Just love pushkinias.   Well done.

2014

Posted: 14/02/2014 at 14:14

The rain has not stopped all day so i could not go on safari up the garden to see how the St. Valentine flower (the crocus) was faring this year.  I thought of writing it a Valentine poem but veg. won out.  Here it is, my Valentine poem for my garden.

 

Tatty Love.

 

My heart goes a-flutter

As I dash for the butter

When I see new potatoes before me.

I moisten my lips.

 Getting to grips

.With the sumptuous treat laid before me.

 

No love can compare

With such scrumptious fare

On any St. Valentine’s Day.

No kisses as sweet,

No cuddles can beat,

That taste that sends longing away.

 

New potatoes I love you;

A halo hangs over you;

Black pepper and butter help too.

I would brave battering storms

Forage in far flung farms,

For a St. Valentine’s meal with you.

2014

Posted: 14/02/2014 at 08:51

St, Valentine's Day and pouring again in Bristol with risks of more floods.  Reminds me of my childhood in Alloa when my grandmother would tell me of 1906 when she put my father as a toddler into her upturned kitchen table to be "safe" from the flooded Forth while she got her older children safely up onto the churchyard behind the tenement.  That year the table floated out the door and my father was rescued as it hurtled towards the harbour by fishermen in their boat, alerted by her screams.  The River Forth would flood regularly while I was at primary school but only once do I remember it getting as far as the school playground.  

Discussions started by happymarion

Talkback: Trees for wildlife

Well done, Kate. Last winter was so mild and wet lots of sickly trees suddenly showed what they are made of. Trees and shrubs that had nev... 
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