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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.

2014

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 15:44

The incessant rain was getting me down; the wind was howling like a banshee down the chimney.  I decided if I could not do any gardening ( so frustrating with an empty wheeliebin) i could at least don my waterproofs and get some flowers for the weekend from my January garden.  Here they are and what i did with them.  The smell from the snowdrops and the apple mint is delightful.

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Snowdrops

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 14:28

Tear open the plastic bags and put them out on a patio or hard path where the rain will get at them.  I have done several times with hundreds of bulbs.  Some that came early January were not planted till late February and were fine.  as long as they have the rain the food is all in the bulb.

2014

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 14:17

Last day of January and steady rain since 11am.  No chance of taking photos in the garden today outside but things are happening in the conservatory and the spare room has Charlotte potatoes sprouting.  I treated the garden to a new electric propagator and it has peppers, antirfhinums and basil sown in it now.

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Discussions started by happymarion

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