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That time of year!

20 March 2017 07:54:52

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Its that time of year when the weather just can't make up its mind what to do. We have had almost the 4 seasons in just one week here and it would drive anyone to distraction. 

Last week we had a fabulous start to the week with wall to wall sunshine and the temps were terrific. Then Thursday arrived and the rain just didn't stop until about 3pm yesterday, we had a few dry hours here and there during those days but nothing much that you could actually garden!! 

I did get a chance to pot up my Dahlia and they are now in the greenhouse, hopefully growing like mad underneath the compost. I also sowed my first seeds, Cosmos, Cornflowers, Nigella, Ricinus, Poppies.......the list goes on.  Looked at them yesterday and already some are peeping up through the soil which is great. 

Yesterday during that dry spell I took advantage and captured a few photos. 

Dicentra 'Bleeding Heart' has started to flower already. I have a few planted around the garden and each are at the foliage stage so was quite surprised to see flowers yesterday. Hope the forecasted frost doesn't get it!! 

Pieris is doing fantastic too.......and I just love those flowers before it opens fully. 

My Echium is budding up nicely with lots of flower buds appearing on all three Echiums. So hopefully a great display come Summer. 

I hope today stays dry as I would love nothing more than spending some time out there. Fingers crossed and all that!!! 

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Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 20 March 2017 08:15:07

Great to see the new growth on plants now. I love that variety of dicentra. The new growth of the Pieris always looks so well, no wonder it is know as flames of the forest with those gorgeous new  red leaves. Weather down here was not too bad over the weekend, very warm both day and night and it rained during the night so the days were nice. Dull and grey this morning.

Jackie Jackie 20 March 2017 08:30:45

Yes everything is really taking off and lots peeping up through the soil too. Gosh you were very lucky with the weather Mary. Not bad here this morning. So should get our walk done ;). Maybe an hour in the garden later too. 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 20 March 2017 08:39:32

Your Echium is looking really healthy this year, Jackie.

fraoch fraoch 20 March 2017 18:41:46

And we're promised frost, hail and maybe snow!

roofy roofy 20 March 2017 19:02:47

All sounds good Jackie,I,m sure the weather will settle into something more to your liking.Love the pics.Trust what Heather was promised does,nt happen.

PeterW PeterW 20 March 2017 20:58:30

All looking great Jackie and you are spot on by the weather we had sun, rain and hail today. I too have some Dahlias potted up in the greenhouse and those echiums are gonna be fantastic in a few weeks, actually they already look great :D

Jackie Jackie 21 March 2017 07:21:02

Thank you all for the lovely comments. 

Peter a massive congratulations to both you and April and little Andrew too, on the birth of your beautiful daughter, Lucy.....a beautiful little flower.....great news. 

Roofy some snow here this morning but then a bright sunny day so hopefully that will clear it all, it's just a light dusting but eeekkkkkkkkk........hope alls well with you. 

Heather let's hope tonight won't bring that sharp frost that's promised!!

Jacinta I thought the mad winds over the weekend would drop them but thankfully not. 


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