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Cloncaw's Journal

Cloncaw's Journal

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Bad Hair Day.

18 January 2010 19:00:07
Amaryilis flower broken but still providing a show

Amaryilis flower broken but still providing a show

That's what the garden looked like limp and straggly was the way the herbaceous plants looked, it was a good day for starting the tidy up weatherwise. On Sunday I had taken a trip to Homebase and B&Q in Craigavon, went to get some large terracotta pots to plant up my present of David Austin roses from Kate. I had been given money at Christmas as well and although I had sort of earmarked it for trees I made quite a hole in it as always go for one thing and come back with a car load. The first task today was to remove the geraniums from some of the pots others I cut back and then I planted up spring bulbs as B&Q had an offer 5 pots for £5 so now there is some colour back in the pots outside the patio door from the kitchen and some planted at the back door. Bulbs are peeping up in other pots and beds so hopefully there'll be a bit of flower colour soon. The next task was to up root the Love in a Mist it had looked quite well before the big freeze but had sort of turned to brown mush. Secateurs in hand I then picked my step through the bed below the terrace to the south and now although plants have been scalped the mushy growth has been removed and new growth is showing through. Worked up until 5:15pm when it was getting a bit too dark to do anymore but at least now the bed is tidy and I won't be having to work around the bulbs that are beginning to appear.

My shopping included Spider Lily,Globe Thistles, Echinea White Swan, Rudbeckia Goldstrum, Chinese Lantens, Double White Begonia, White Fressia, Nerine Bowdenii, White and Blue Agapanthus, Varigated Aubretia Dr Mule and the pots of bulbs, Muscari,tulips Fur Elise, Tete a Tete narcissi, Iris Harmony and a packet of Cosmos Seashells Red along with a packet of 6 different Sweetpea.

One other item was a small heated propogator along with a selection of vegetable seeds,onion sets and potatoes. Tonights job is to make a chart of all seeds etc to be sown detailing growing instructions and flowering or cropping and then work out what will be into the propogator first. Tomorrow plan to pot up the roses as they are currently getting a drink in a bucket of water as per the planting details. Hopefully weather will be favourable to continue the tidy up.


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chilipepper chilipepper 18 January 2010 19:05:24

Hi Cloncaw, that was a days shopping alright! will keep you busy for a while!! what type of spuds/onions did you go for?


Noelfitz Noelfitz 18 January 2010 19:56:51

Cloncaw,

congratulations on a beautiful garden and house.

 

How do you get the time/energy to do so much?

 


unagrant unagrant 18 January 2010 19:59:24

That was a great days shopping.  Enjoy


J.D. J.D. 18 January 2010 20:10:00

All I can say is 'Wow'. You busy woman.


fran m fran m 18 January 2010 20:16:15

Shopped out for a while there I'd say.


Myrtle Myrtle 18 January 2010 20:25:27

Plenty of more work there then!


Clara Clara 18 January 2010 20:44:09

Great days work lovely garden. 


Periwinkle Periwinkle 18 January 2010 20:49:31

Great day's shopping that, Cloncaw. Lot of lovely plants, hope they all do well for you.


fraoch fraoch 18 January 2010 21:59:41

I'm exhausted just reading all that! How do you manage it all?! Hope weather is good for you.


Cloncaw Cloncaw 18 January 2010 23:38:25

Dave  I got Sante as a main crop which is according to GYO fairly resistant to blight and Rocket as a 1st early, onions Sttugatter and shallots Red Sun. With the rapidly approaching wedding I really feel I have to get my skates on. The next shopping will be trees to plant along the drive way other purchases might be limited and what I have will keep me busy for a while.


Ladybird Ladybird 18 January 2010 23:45:23

You've got a great selection there to add to your already lovely garden.


Rachel Rachel 19 January 2010 09:46:55

Well done. You'll have to post photos and say how those Cosmos seashells do. I nearly bought them but refrained at the last minute.


Lìga Lìga 19 January 2010 10:45:42

Ooo,spider lily,,it is beautiful:)I want to get some too,and so nice scent!Good shoping!!!


Cloncaw Cloncaw 19 January 2010 22:06:00

Thanks for all the comments, I'm hoping the weather is favourable to get everything planted through time but think it'll take a while yet for conditions to be right although I may plant some things up in pots to try and get them going earlier. Rachael I don't know that I'll sow all the Cosmos so I could probably send you some of the seed, I'll let you know once I get organised and see what I need.

I just really enjoy being outside and really love flowers outside or inside so it's a labour of love, although my knees are definitely feeling bit suspect due to the sharp wind today.


Rachel Rachel 20 January 2010 20:30:02

Thanks for the offer, Cloncaw, but I think I've enough cosmos now. I'm thinking of next year so the result of your trials will be interesting. Thanks again.


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