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Posted: 20/02/2014 at 16:44

It is really lovely - I feel almost honoured but I didn't do anything special to attract them - they have been passing through the garden for a few years now and I didn't realise they could actually be living in it - although my OH had mentioned a mound a couple of years ago.  Yes hopefully there is a good supply of food for them.  I must have a look at hedgehog boxes then and maybe they'll know how welcome they are - although that depends on how many crocuses they have crushed .


Posted: 20/02/2014 at 10:15

I was taking advantage of the early spring the other day to get a bit of shrub transplanting done, when I came across a mound of moss, leaves etc I left it alone in case it was a little house and went back to look yesterday and saw a little flower trying to appear out the side.  Thinking it might be a rare orchid  I gently lifted a few wee bits and pieces and established that it was in fact a crocus - slightly mis-shapen but a pretty little crocus nevertheless.  Then I wondered if the mound was just that, a mound of leaves, moss etc so without disturbing it I tried to have a good look and I am sure it is a hedgehog or animal nest and I am so touched that it is in my garden and impressed by the workmanship involved.  I am surprised though because I saw a hedgehog in January and remember thinking at the time that it should be hibernating.  Anyway just thought I'd share that with you.

First Spring Flowers

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 17:51

Snowdrops, crocus, primroses, helliboris (white and rosy mauve), yellow jasmine, miniature iris, iberis(?) bergena and yes - lovely blue periwinkle - the roots of which I have been ripping up all week - I love the little flowers but it is a triffid in my garden.  The little pink buds are just about to burst on my prunus. My daffodils are not nearly ready to be sociable yet.  Even without the flowers, there is a lot of colour from berries and rose hips and the sundance choisyas.  I am just so happy to be out in the garden again.  I'm on holiday this week and have been out everyday for a good few hours.  I am bent double but oh what blissful agony.

Talkback: Growing hellebores

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 09:22

I often think of hellebores as exquisite watercolour paintings. I just can't credit that I can have something so beautiful thriving in my garden and I barely touch them.  I have two large clumps laden with heavy beautiful deep rosy violet blooms.  On Monday I found my long lost white one - it is in a tub with a bamboo - unfortunately it is so tightly packed that I would lose the plant if I tried to remove it but I had wondered where it had gone - It's very strange but I'm delighted to see it - I had always wanted a white one but after I'd planted it I didn't see it again and assumed it was more delicate than the mauve - I got it at a gardening group plant exchange a couple of years ago so I can report the success at our next meeting.

What now for my indoor hyacinths?

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 09:45

Couldn't resist the challenge I do love the pinks -  but - I also love having a mixture.  And agree with everything already said, I love the way they fill the house with their beautiful scent and then I plant out when flowers have gone and love the surprise each year when I come across a little cluster in a corner of the garden.

what's still flowering in your garden?

Posted: 11/11/2013 at 11:42

Yes I think mine will go shortly too.  I did cut back a lot yesterday but couldn't bear to cut everything down so have left a few lovely blooms and think next weekend will be the last of them.

What would you treat yourself to?

Posted: 11/11/2013 at 11:38

Ohh don't tempt me - I remember my son being quite horrified when I bought a book on how to identify garden birds.  He said I was going to turn into one of these old bird ladies whose children had left home (???)

I can just picture the scene when he or his sister visit me now  - three little lambs in the garden - yep she has definitely flipped this time. Actually my daughter would love them there's an idea...

What would you treat yourself to?

Posted: 11/11/2013 at 09:34

Oh that's true - how much are sheep?

I want to grow again

Posted: 10/11/2013 at 17:51

Pansies Not quite on topic because they aren't something I used to grow then stopped - they are something I actually just didn't like - at all.  I don't understand why not because now I love them with a passion.  I find their velvety little faces so hauntingly lovely.  And now they have such pride of place in my garden. 

What would you treat yourself to?

Posted: 10/11/2013 at 17:43

Well that has been a most enjoyable journey.


I haven't yet made a choice but I have had great fun and learned a lot at the same time. I could go for a dahlia because I thought they were much more difficult to look after than they appear to be and I had always avoided them – while googling I saw the most exquisite etheral pink and white one ….and have just tried to find it again and can't. Drat, it was on a blog and I just fell in love with it. So I'll keep looking for that specific one. If the name comes back to me I'll post it.



The Exochorda , pearl bush is admittedly lovely but set me off on a mission to see how many white flowering shrubs I already have and ….I have choisya, deutzia, hydrangea, lilac, buddleja, osmanthus, spirea, philladelphus, peiris, prunus, cornus, vibirnum, nandina and photina. I didn't even know I had that many shrubs never mind just white flowering ones. It is lovely though and I obviously have a soft spot for white – I just seem to have collected them over the years without being actively conscious of it.



Roses yes, I could never have enough – there are plenty of lovely patio ones to choose from. Of course during the search I saw a lovely deep red climber – typical. I couldn't keep it in a pot though and don't think it would transplant well. I did read that the rosa sericia is easy to propagate and it has such lovely vivid rose hips. The rosa glauca is very pretty and delicate and I could be easily tempted but would probably have to leave it behind.



I love lilies and have the glorious tall white scented ones (sorry I don't know the name) and I will certainly take some when leaving. However, I also have a plethora of lily beetle and none of my potted lilies survive more than a season in the garden.



I love the Weeping Cherry – I agree it is a must and have had one in two previous gardens but again I would have to leave it behind.



A piece of abstract sculpture would be lovely but I don't think I'd get much for my money and I find the Henry Moore ones quite difficult to shift when I want to mow the grass Although on a similar vein, I can never have enough bird baths or little animal ornaments. OH said yes I do actually have more than enough and he will happily take the money to save me such a difficult choice.



I hope I haven't missed out any suggestions because I did appreciate them and have had a lovely weekend researching them.



So my search goes on but I would like to buy something this week so that I can show what I bought and that I really appreciated the gift.



To be continued ….




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