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Cloncaw's Journal

Cloncaw's Journal

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31 January 2011 14:49:53
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This up close photo shows the colouring of my amaryillis as in yesterdays journal it looked white 2nd bud well on way to opening. Spent a couple of hours in the garden this morning really sharp wind good drying day for washing. Started a bit of tidy up in the NW bed then got side tracked however now all the bulbs not sure what all is in the mix but think Tom Thumb tulips and muscari from the in the broken terracotta pots at the end of the tunnel are safely in the ground. Should give nice spring colour  planted in front of Feverfew's ornamental horseradish, planted in are the sweet william plants that came from Perwinkle in September also planted in four little pots of Ruby crocus. The broken pots will be used for crocks as I plan to buy a few more plain ones as they seem to be able to withstand the weather some of the one's I have are over 15 years old. I like the way Carol Klein has rows of them which she keeps changing as plants come into bloom but my idea would be to plant bulbs etc into big plastic pots that'll fit inside them so cutting down on the number I'd need. Well fed and watered now have to go to Monaghan and then if it's still not raining I'll try to do a bit more tidying up thank goodness for ski trousers as they stop the wind cutting through to the bone.


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J.D. J.D. 31 January 2011 16:33:22

Good idea with the plastic pots in the terracotta ones.


Rachel Rachel 31 January 2011 17:11:01

It is a good idea about the plastic pots inside the fancy ones put I find it never quite works. They seldom fit exactly so you're putting stones in to keep everything steady and if anyone looks over the top of the pot (which they do regularly) they see the inartistic stone/plastic pot arrangement. Anyway, that's my rant over. Your Amaryllis is gorgeous.


Myrtle Myrtle 31 January 2011 17:44:10

Just discover a broken teracotta one today :(


J.D. J.D. 31 January 2011 17:45:38

I'm not buying any more terracotta.


Cloncaw Cloncaw 31 January 2011 17:48:59

I have done this with some of my terracotta pots before and had no real problem topped them with wood chip helps to keep moisture in but think other materials could be used perhaps moss on the smaller ones. Biggest job if they fit the pot well is being able to extract them, the terracotta pots I'm talking about are like the Bill & Ben flower pots really showing my age now.


J.D. J.D. 31 January 2011 17:50:15

I think there are very few of us here who DONT remember them. :)


Cloncaw Cloncaw 31 January 2011 17:56:05

Only pots (touch wood) that have broken were ones with decoration on them. Raining here since 4pm so no more gardening done but bought Gardens Illustrated when in town as no Irish Garden this month and no Gardeners World in shop looks interesting as it has 100 recommended must have plants. Hard to know on the Bill and Ben front as not everywhere would have been able to get BBC.


Rachel Rachel 31 January 2011 18:37:21

Topping them with wood chip is a good idea, Geraldine. The only Terracotta pot I lost this year was the one hubby accidentally kicked over. I've found raising them on 'feet' works. Is that what you do too? I like the sound of that Gardens' Illustrated. Must look out for it.


Clara Clara 31 January 2011 19:33:27

Nice one Geraldine love the colour and such a good idea about the plastic pots .


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