I don’t often join with Chloris at the Blooming Garden when she writes about her favourite 10 plants for each month; however I think it is a good exercise to understand what pleasures each month brings. Continue reading
Our weather is strange; three or four days of very cold weather and rain; then a couple of days of glorious sunshine, so bright it was almost too strong to be eating lunch on the terrace without some shade! Continue reading
On the 26th January I wrote about my busy gardening week; but since then the weather has been anything but good so most of the work done has been in the greenhouse (report coming soon) rather than the garden.
Today, at last, there has been soon sunshine that had a little warm in it so I was able to prune most of the mutabilis roses. They had been pruned badly (by me) as a hedge between the drive and the vegetable garden. To be brutally honest they are too large a rose for where I have planted them; add to this that they have been cut so as not to scratch the cars and to keep them back from the pathway in the vegetable garden – the result was crossed stems and new strong shoots beginning high up old stems. I pruned all but three of the roses; I’ll show you what they look like when I’ve completed them all. But suffice to say that the view of the onion bed is now very open!
I have another tulip that is not as described on the pack; one has reached flowering stage well before the others but instead of Daytona (White frilled) I have this…..
It is fringed as Daytona should be and is not unattractive but it is always disappointing when things aren’t what they should be.
Or as it should be Crocus Tommasinianus Lilac Beauty (seems a very long name for something so delicate)
There are thousands of Grape hyacinths in the garden but this is the only one flowering.
You can see last year’s Sedum stems need cutting back – I have done some of the many around the garden; those remaining are growing quickly which makes cutting the stems off low more difficult.
When Chloris at The Blooming Garden writes her post for February flowers I’ll link to it.
I hope you are finding at least a few garden when you can get on with some work in the garden.
As I wrote yesterday in my In a vase on Monday post yesterday, when I was walking around the garden looking for things to pick for a vase I was very surprised to find that the yellow Crocus were flowering; as there are so few flowers around at the moment they made my heart jump with pleasure. Continue reading
I have been absent without leave from blogland! I needed a little break and life has been very pleasantly busy over the Christmas and New Year period. I have enjoyed reading many of your posts but not commented again through lack of time. So to all of you that I haven’t wished an individual Happy New Year, I send you my very best wishes now. Continue reading
When I returned home after our time in England I was surprised to discover just how hardy all the Anemone coronaria are; there had been sub zero temperatures almost every night were away (which has continued all the past week too with an incredible minus 8°C forecast for Saturday). I took these images a week ago 28th December 2016 but didn’t feel up to writing a post, but I thought it would be nice to use them today. Continue reading
I’m pleased to see that the divisions I’ve made of Iris unguicularis are all now producing flowers. It is the plant that flowers for the longest period during winter; often from November to May