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23 April 2017 00:01:34
Meant to put this up much earlier - planning to be at Fota Rare Plants Fair tomorrow so if there are any .iers there maybe we'll catch up?
22 April 2017 09:24:29
Those who know me will be aware that my attempts at growing things from seeds are never very successful. But not being inclined to admit defeat I am trying again this year!
Two packets of seed arrived on one of my magazines - Rudbekia and Cornflower - and then some Sweetpea on another magazine - I know - I shouldn't be getting so many magazines!
Anyway I took the bull by the horns and in they went! and to my utter surprise all three lots germinated well, and two out of three have got to "second leaf" stage - and number three is also looking hopeful!
So now all I need is the time to do the "pricking out" - at least the Sweetpea are in modules so no need to panic yet ....
I'm really chuffed to get them this far but I'm not counting any chickens yet LOL
Gonna take the easy way with some lovely pink poppy seeds and just broadcast them!
And Photo 3 is just for colour! Weeded that edge of the Clematis Walk and i think it is looking good!
21 April 2017 00:47:59
I've been watching enviously as other members posted journals showing their various impressive pictures of their Japanese Maples and I finally got a good photo of my little baby! Each year I watch with bated breath waiting for it to come back to life!
But at last I am rewarded! It appears that the hedges are providing the necessary shelter for it!
16 April 2017 10:36:29
I am very lucky that there are native Bluebells in my hedgerow and they are migrating into the garden at a good rate.
Many people are not aware of the threat to these beautiful plants from the more spectacular Spanish bluebells which are commonly sold here.
Hyacinthoides non-scripta is our native one and it is a deeper shade of blue - almost purple - than the Hyacinthoides hispanica or Spanich Bluebell.
Our native bluebell also has a perfume which the Spanish one does not. Gardeners World this week had a very good explanation of the diference - Hyacinthoides non-scripta is also native to The U.K.
The problem is the hybridisation between them.
For the past year I have been systematically digging out anything that looks non-native. Its a pain, but I reckin it is worht the effort.
Yesterday we visited Heywood Gardens and I was blown away with the native bluebells in the woodland and they are not yet fully in bloom but the gentle perfume wafted out to us as we strolled by.
My appeal to you is that if you are buying bluebells please make sure you only buy Hyacinthoides non-scripta and try to preserve this lovely plant.
14 April 2017 22:34:56
I have mentioned before that I am not the worlds best at House Plants. Most of them survive until the flowers they came with fade. some of them don't even last that long.
There is one exception that I have kept alive for a couple of years - Ok - so it't only a Christmas Cactus that can be successfully grown by your average 4-year-old - but hey - its a success for me!
Rachel posted a great video last year onhow to get this lovely plant to flower at Christmas and I followed her instructions to the letter and was delighted to have flowers right through the Christmas season.
However, something strange has happened - my "Christmas Cactus" has decided it will be an "Easter Cactus" and has burst into flower again!!!!
I'm just hoping that this isn't some sort of Swan Song and that its going to turn up its heels and die on me now!