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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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2014

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 13:31

It did stop raining for half an hour and I donned my wellies to get through the temporary duckpond on the patio at the same time as the mother squirrel decided this was a good time for Sunday lunch and squeezed under the side gate which I had not opened yet.  Not that it matters to her.  Being a squirrel of little brain she flattens her tummy anyway even when the gate is wide open.  She would have bounded away in front of me up the garden but did not have wellies so carefully edged round the water through the cyclamen plants and took longer than I did.  I think that was a Squirrel glare iigot as she shot past.  Squirrels at this time of year are amusing.  The ones at the Botanic garden who used to use the fleece from round the tender plants to line their nests would pass me in the garden with turbans of it wound round their heads.  i still giggle when I think of those big-headed squirrels.  Head gardener was very annoyed at expensive fleece being stolen, of course.

2014

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 12:17

At last it has stopped raining in Bristol , still windy but that is drying up the puddles so I should soon be able to don my boots and waterproof coat and open up the cold frame.I like to ventilate it at least for a few hours each day as i have two kinds of sweet peas and five perennials overwintering in there for Mr. Fothergills Nation of Gardeners project.  The forecast is for much colder weather to hit us here by Thursday so I want to get fleece and bubble wrap out of the garage too to keep handy in the kitchen.  In my raised beds in the potager there are broad beans three feet high, strawberry plants showing flowerbuds and garlic 8inches high, all needing some protection from the cold.  This mild weather up till now with plentiful rain has meant everything thinks it is April or March at least!

2014

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 15:49

It went dark as night and the heavens opened and peppered Bristol with hailstones so now have grey skies, wet picnic tables, duckpond on the patio and everything that can hold water overflowing again.  What a comedown after such a glorious morning.  Still,  I did get a lot of work done and feel very invigorated.

2014

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 15:02

Thank you, Brian and KEF.  I saw a picture of a 94 year old lady gardener in GW Feb. issue wheeling home a bargain compost bin in her wheelchair!  So I may still have another ten years of active gardening left in me.  I do hope so as I enjoy it so much.  Yes, Brian, the best food is the food you have grown yourself.  I have been driven indoors by a fierce wind that has descended on Bristol though it is still sunny and blue sky mostly.  Storm is on the way methinks.

 

2014

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 13:32

I cannot remember in fifty years of gardening here ever having been able to do so much gardening in January before.  Yet again today the sky is blue, the air is mild , it is dry so are the picnic tables.  It is the lull before the storm forecast for tomorrow but so delightful.  I made a mental note of jobs piling up. like splitting lots of big clumps of snowdrops and daffodils.pruning to be done on the various summer flowering spireas.  I may cut down and unravel the Clematis montana that has taken over the garage roof.  i remember Carol Klein doing hers that was engulfing a tree in February.  The birds think it is spring.  They have been chirping non stop all morning.  A cheeky squirrel is gorging himself from his larder in the spinney.  It is a day for singing "Oh, what a beautiful morning".

2014

Posted: 23/01/2014 at 13:24

A lovely sunny day but a week of rain forecast so, in case I do not get a dry dayfor the rest of the month here is what I snapped on my walk up the garden this morning, Jan 23rd.

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 The last two i was peeping into the conservatory window.

2014

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 11:41

The parcel post arrived before I was up so the postman left the huge box on the picnic table at the back door as i had instructed and there it was - the bargain of the year which I had ordered fro Suttons January Sale as a present for my Jubilee Garden.  Four willow planters with compost and bulbs to fill them to the brim at £20 the four.  They are normally £20 each.  It has taken me all morning but they are all planted up and watered and put in the dark under the spare room bed and the kitchen cleaned after I had recycled all the packing.  Looking ahead I had ordered 70 plug plants of mixed Pelargniums which will come in February and be grown on to replace the bulbs when they come out to go in the spinney in May.  They were beautiful healthy big bulbs, all sprouting of course and raring to go.  Some had more than the allotted number of each kind in the packs so I was squealing "Another freebie" as I unpacked.  What an exciting start to the gardening week!.

2014

Posted: 19/01/2014 at 14:02

Those hellebores are so lovely - pristine.  I noticed my picotee ones are budding so i may be able to float a few in a bowl of water so we can see there markings next week when I am doing a lot of entertaining.

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