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17 December 2017 18:00:41

Not at home at present, but enjoying some lovely warm sunshine. But I'm increasingly amazed with my non-stop Nicotiana that self-seeded out in the front garden over two years ago. Photo taken on Friday afternoon, despite some recent really frosty nights and lingering throughout the day, it's still flowering. Let's hope that the babies I lifted for the back garden will be as successful as the mother plant. Maybe, for the season that's in it, I should name it Nickola. :)

I'm also still getting new blooms on my white Hydrangea.


12 December 2017 19:38:12

After being away from home for the last few days, I was itching to get out and have a look around. This morning has been the heaviest frost so far. All three ponds were frozen over when I got home this afternoon. Spotted one of the Shubunkins on his side in the Lower Pond. Usually at this time of year they have already gone down to the deepest part. But, as it has been so mild of late, they must be very confused with the seasons.

I poked about gently at him, ready to remove his body. But where there's life there's hope. He was still alive, but only just. He's about 7yrs old at this stage. But it looks like he's on life support. I expect him to be dead in the morning, although it's to get slightly milder. Fingers crossed as I love having fish. 

Cyclamen coum is flowering away nicely now. And it's clumping up well too. I discovered a few Dahlias in pots that I had forgotten to take into the glasshouse. They're in now so I hope it's not too late. 

Scrubber Scrubber 12 December 2017 20:31:37

Do hope he revives and survives Jacinta. I have  nofish but some frogs still very annoyed to be  disturbed!

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 13 December 2017 00:14:24

Hopefully he will have woken up enough to realise he should be at the bottom of the pond by morining! I know how much you love these fish and you take good care of them too!

I'm having the same doubts about my wormery as you have about your dahlias but I don't really have room in the sheds to shelter the poor little worms! I put an extra mat over the wormery to keep the temperature up a little but I may well ahve to import a fresh batch in the spring!

Winter ramble

08 December 2017 19:44:17

Today I had a ramble around the garden. Plenty still producing the odd flower, but my Senecio petasitis is looking really nice, despite the cold weather.

JoanG JoanG 09 December 2017 21:25:43

Yes, it is looking good, and the Lavatera is well out of season. 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 09 December 2017 23:39:18

No sign of flowers on my Senecio. Very late to have the Lavatera flowering. Cold night forecast for tonight.

TerriShoos TerriShoos 10 December 2017 11:12:50

Lovely, gone very dull here now - even the roses have given up. But the bitrds are making up for it, they're better than the telly!

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 10 December 2017 22:46:10

How do you manage to get such lovely clear photos? Do I have to ask Santa for a better camera ?

Nada, niente, ne rien.

08 December 2017 07:02:43

Nothing new, but absolutely the bare minimum of gardening has been done in the last few weeks. A bit of tidying, and watering in the glasshouse was about it. Dad has been my main concern and today he finally gets back to his house. It's been a long haul and having been away for the last 6 weeks, he'll have to reacquaint himself with his new home surroundings. 

It has been a big upheaval for all the family, and the only therapy I've had recently is the painting. As I've nothing much to show in the garden, I'll post a photo of my latest painting - well, it is kind of garden-related. I have my last Christmas Fair this coming Sunday and I'm winding down now. But the little boys will be taking up some time in the run up to Christmas. 

Let's hope this cold spell doesn't last too long. Keep warm.


fraoch fraoch 08 December 2017 18:08:39

I’m glad to hear your Dad is getting back home. It must have been a very tough time for all of you. Hope all goes well.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 08 December 2017 21:22:13

Thanks, Heather.

Myrtle Myrtle 09 December 2017 16:49:11

Best Wishes for your Dad, Jacinta

Jacinta D Jacinta D 09 December 2017 17:20:06

Thanks, Myrtle. He's settling back home nicely now.

JoanG JoanG 09 December 2017 21:19:37

Beautiful painting Jacinta, you make the rose come alive.  Best wish for your Dad's resettlement back home; I'm sure he'll be delighted. 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 09 December 2017 23:43:27

Delighted to hear the good news about your Dad and best wishes to him. I am sure he is thrilled to be back home in his own house. Best of luck at the Christmas Fair tomorrow. 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 10 December 2017 05:57:45

Thanks, Joan and Mary.

DeclanTipp DeclanTipp 10 December 2017 20:32:21

Wow Jacinta it’s as real as a photo . Hope Dad settles in well


TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 10 December 2017 22:13:13

Superb painting! Hope the Christmas Fairs go well for you! Happy to hear your Dad is back home. He is lucky to have a daughter who is so good to him! 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 10 December 2017 22:51:11

Thanks, everyone.

They're abuzzing!

05 December 2017 20:17:56

I noticed quite a few bees buzzing around Fatsia japonica today, while I was tidying around and giving the plants in the glasshouse a light watering. Lovely to see the bees active throughout the winter months.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 05 December 2017 21:27:22

It was mild today, but overcast, so not surprising the bees were around. The Fatasia is gorgeous, really doing well for you. Chilly forcast from Thursday into the weekend.

JoanG JoanG 06 December 2017 21:45:27

Lovely to see the bees; I hope they have somewhere warm to cosy up in for the next few days. 

DeclanTipp DeclanTipp 06 December 2017 22:58:13

They will be in their winter cluster by the week end . Time for the long snooze.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 10 December 2017 21:31:26

We had a Queen Wasp looking for a comfy home IN THE LOUNGE the other day!!!! Lets just say her nesting days are over! Bees are quite a different matter! They are welcome at any time! I can't wait for my Fatsias to get those lovely flowers on them!!!! They are still in pots so I'm keeping them in the greenhouse just in case .....


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