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Cloncaw's Journal

Cloncaw's Journal

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Retail Therapy Just What The Doctor Ordered.

15 January 2011 18:29:52
Bulbs for planting

Bulbs for planting

Friday morning had to go as far as Craigavon shopping centre so decided to call into B&Q to see if they had any bargain bulbs left, bought a packet of 10 Purissima tulips, 15 miniature Minnow narcissi and two boxes of 30 mixed bulbs one called Berries and Cream and the other Sweet Sorbet mix the cost 50p a packet, had also decided to buy some Felco secateurs with money I was given at Christmas.  I need to replace the ones I have as there have been such good reviews of them so hopefully pruning  the wisteria will be an easier job some roses and clematis to be pruned as well the secateurs cost £45 so I will have to really look after them.  It's nearly impossible to leave without having a look around the plants outdoors, only plant that tempted me was a very tall bamboo for under £20 there were a lot of smaller bamboo plants as well, just cann't make up my mind however I might go back yet as I think bamboo would look good in a planting by the pond. After reading all the journals about seed sowing decided to have a quick look at the seeds added a packet of True Fragrance mix then had to have a look at the spring bulbs again impossible to leave without some being added to the trolley. Bought Ebony and Ivory Gladioli, Mixed Dutch Iris, Oriental  mixed lily, Echinacea Magnus, phlox David's Lavender and Brodiaea or Californian Bluebell total spent on bulbs £21.40 as a lot of their packets are 2 for £5. It has been a very wet and wild day here today and tomorrow is the final of our show jumping that should have finished early December so roll on Monday when it'll be into the tunnel to plant up the bulbs in pots that way they can get placed into the beds once the weather improves. Managed to watch Carol Klein last night it's fascinating how the garden changes so quickly pity it's not longer than 30 mins. Need to sort out all the packets of seed and saved seed and decide what other one's I want to sow everyone else seems to have made these decisions. The other job that really needs done is a clear up of the kitchen garden it's a mess after the weather the only vegetable left is leeks.  Noticed the Rhubarb starting to peep up  today when digging up some leeks for soup there's lots of weeding to be done in preparation for spring arriving.


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fran m fran m 15 January 2011 18:34:42

Well done on those purchases. Best of luck with the plans for Monday.


J.D. J.D. 15 January 2011 19:03:10

Wow, Geraldine, what a load of great goodies you got there. Now all you need is the time to get them planted. Hopefully a lot will be done on Monday when you are less preoccupied with competitions. ENjoy the day.


Rachel Rachel 15 January 2011 19:27:49

There's nothing as exciting as the sight of bulb packets in spring.


fraoch fraoch 15 January 2011 20:47:54

Lots of work ahead of you there! But you'll enjoy the results eventually.


Hosta Hosta 15 January 2011 20:58:32

Lovely list of goodies there Geraldine.   Theres a great selection in B&Q at the moment.


Dick Dick 15 January 2011 21:22:37

Some shopping Geraldine, the felco secateurs were costly. I bought same in Woodies in Carlow last year for about €25 but perhaps it was a different  model. My rhubarb is overground also.


MartinB MartinB 15 January 2011 23:09:00

Really Rachel. Dick they are usualy 50 euro, were yours second hand


Johnplotman Johnplotman 16 January 2011 11:05:32

Good luck with all your garden plans for the new bulbs,Cloncaw


HeadGardener HeadGardener 17 January 2011 00:30:29

Geraldine was it coincience or design you just 'happened' to be passing B&Q??? Great haul there sure with all that you won't need to go there for a long time again!! :-)


Cloncaw Cloncaw 17 January 2011 10:27:42

Bill I had seen the discounted bulbs the week before when I went to B&Q for cleaner for my terracotta tiles so as I had to go back and return something to TK Mex I planned to check out the discount bulb situation. I had been given money by the children at Christmas so it's mainly going to be spent on the garden. I would really need to win the lotto to be able to do what I'd like in the garden had been very good as the last plants I bought were in the autumn. Off out to use my new secateurs and pot up the bulbs as it's a nice if cool day here.


HeadGardener HeadGardener 17 January 2011 16:03:24

Ah yes Geraldine we can all dream about winning the Lotto but in it's abscence it's nice to plan a visit to a garden centre. Wherever I go I nearly always look at where the local garden centre in relation to it and go for a crafty peak, and sometime well, you just have to buy something dont you :-)


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