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Posted: 08/03/2014 at 15:06

14 degrees and sunny outside.  Worked on the heavy work till i could do no more then took my camera out.  the butterflies were loving the bergenia flowers, more and more interesting daffodils were showing their wares and I found a very pretty seedling polyanthus in salmon pink.  The smell from the hyacinths was lovely.  The first picture is called "Good Companions".



Posted: 07/03/2014 at 11:22

First it was very wet indeed and then the sun came out.  The central heating has been switched off and the garden is looking very lush already.  I got my auriculas I want to plant in the slate scree out from the conservatory to harden off and went up the garden taking more panoramic pictures now, including the ivy shelter I am working on in the Butterfly garden to run in to out of the showers in April , though the buds are showing on the Bramley apple and it is a good retreat.  Muscari and Anemone blanda giving a good show now and lots of hyacinths.  In the spinny the ground cover is doing well including the Vinca major from the Bot. garden the Welsh daffs.  The kerria is blossoming everywhere, including through the prunus.  The forsythia and flowering currant as well are blooming.



Posted: 06/03/2014 at 14:07

As soon as I donned my gardening boots and coat this morning it started to rain but I bided my time and it went away so I got a couple of hours done before lunch and sowed Marigold "Moon" and Cerinthe major purpurescens while I could not get out.  Another couple of hours this afternoon will do me.  The cut and come again Red Lettuce leaves are behaving better on their second sowing.  These were one of four saladings we Nation of Gardeners participants had to sow for Mr. Fothergills trials and mine damped off before i had any red leaves but now I see them colouring up so prettier salads soon.  I can recommend their Spicy Salad leaves mixture for taste.  They are lovely in sandwiches and in salads and I always sprinkle some on my pizza,  They are a great buddy for anything cheesy.  Here are the Red lettuce leaves.



Posted: 05/03/2014 at 21:12

So pleased you are enjoying it.  It gives me great pleasure to share the garden with you all.  I gave a whoop of joy tonight when the weather forecast was for fine settled warm dry calm weather for quite some time, thinking about all the jobs I can get done from now on.  I will be golden in the face very early this year by the sound of tonight's forecast.


Posted: 05/03/2014 at 15:50

Treasures spotted up my garden in the sunshine today, Mar 5th.



Posted: 05/03/2014 at 11:24

Thank you, Clarinton - that bodes well for my book.  When I was being trained for the stage I used to be told - make them laugh, make them cry, and I hope it comes out in my writing,  So be prepared to cry with me when the weather or disease hits one of my favourite crops - not the wildlife, as I do not mind sharing and have been known to put out surplus lettuce for the slugs and snails.


Posted: 05/03/2014 at 11:04

Good job no-one can hear me up the back garden as this morning, in the brilliant sunshine i was greeting with great warmth my Primula "Wanda" in full flower - such a glorious purple and on my roll of honour as it was in the garden when I came, and my beautiful Cyclamen pseudo-graecum just opening its first lovely flowers,  When I get my breath back after planting up six "Charlotte" potatoes in the potato planter provided by Mr. Fothergills for their Trial.  Why I did not hold off the watering till after I had it in its permanent home I do not know.  Ten inches of wet loan based compost is heavy in a large bag!  Ah well i deserve a coffee after all the work done this morning.  Hyacinths and tulips are opening today and the rhubarb is begging me to take it some well rotted horse manure.  Such mild nights are forecast for the next week or so I can see lots of sirprises coming my way up the garden.  I must charge the camera's battery in anticipation.


Posted: 04/03/2014 at 14:23

Oh what a glorious golden day and another similar forecast for tomorrow, a rare two in a row.  I repotted three seedling hellebores, pricked out two trays of salad leaves seedlings and one of marigold "Apricot Dandy" and then had an onslaught on the back garden, all the time checking on my Trials for Mr. Fothergills Seeds Nation of Gardeners but all is well there.   No bed made yet.  Housework is not a priority when the sun shines.

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 10:31

My friend has a tiny garden but it never ceases to amaze me how much he gets to grow in it.  here it is last S


unday full of spring flowers.


Posted: 03/03/2014 at 16:01

 A quick snapping foray round the back garden and I found daffodils in all shapes and sizes blooming.  They have ,loved the mild winter.


Discussions started by happymarion

Talkback: Using nettles in the kitchen

I too am a nettle lover, Kate. Nettle tea is delicious. You can buy the dried variety if you do not have your own source. 
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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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Talkback: Tomato blight and potato blight

The "Charlotte" potatoes I an trialling for Mr. Fothergill are harvested from the potato planter bag and being eaten. very delicious and a ... 
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Talkback: Growing tomatoes outdoors

Growing tomatoes indoors and out is a trial the Nation of Gardeners Project is doing for Mr. Fothergill Seeds. Ferline F1 is included in th... 
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Talkback: Sowing tomato seed

I have three gems of tomatoes to sow as a participant in Mr. fothergills Trials in the nation of Gardeners project, called "Black Opal". "Pi... 
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My Golden Jubilee Garden 
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Talkback: Autumn goes out in a blaze of glory

My acer seedlings from the Botanic Garden which I weeded are all different colouring - salmon pink, rich toffee, crimson. pale pink and a ve... 
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clematis in need of identification

an unlabeled gift of a clematis in need of a name. 
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Autumn colour

Celebrating the warm colours of autumn 
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Talkback: Didiscus coerulea 'Blue Lace'

One of my birthday presents was Kalanchoe "Bronze Sculpture" which is commonly known as the Paddle plant but this one has bronze colored tip... 
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Painting what you've grown

Letting other people see what can be done to immortalise your plants. 
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Summer has arrived

Let's share the lovely flowers and veg. in our gardens this summer. 
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picture difficulties

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Talkback: Gardening in Russia

Awww, it was the same for my sister gardening in Edmonton in Canada, James. It was amazing how much they could grow in their very short thr... 
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Spring sweethearts

The sun shone brightly enough for my tulips to open up,something that thrills me every spring. 
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