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Elizabeth7's Journal April 2017

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26 April 2017 21:37:10

Should be interesting.

24 April 2017 18:17:12

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About 4 years ago I bought a plant called Ferula communis Gigantea. Well it grew well and produced lovely foliage like Fennel....it is not a proper Fennel, no scent either.

I read that it produced a ginormous flower head with yellow flowers . But this never happened .................until today. I noticed almost overnight there was a big stem growing from it, yippeee hope the frost does not hit it. Apparently it can grow to a great height so should be fun to watch. Anyone have experience of this? For some reason I think I got it from Crug but not at all sure must see if they list it. Couple of photos to show you progress so far. Hope they show the lovely foliage well.


23 April 2017 18:24:25

Life at Ash Cottage

12 April 2017 21:01:07

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Such happening around here recently.  They are turning the surrounding 4 fields into one gigantic one and this meant the removal of all the hedgerows and much moving of soil. Then came the pig slurry…now that was interesting!!  Literally hundred trips from the big white tanker up the lane/road then into smaller tankers and off they went. Smell not bad for first few days as they were some distance away . But the DAY came and it was sprayed all around my place, the stink was dreadful  had to wear a scarf around my nose and mouth when I went out. The joys of living in the corner of a now ginormous field!!It was only really bad for a day cos then they ploughed it. 

Working like a mad woman as it will be a few more weeks until Eddie comes back and even then he will be limited…so sorry for him.

I have a plan that involves loads of Cornflowers so there are hundreds of seedling being pricked out ….Tried yet again to grow Cosmos Antiquity a lovely maroon one. No luck , got about 8 to true leaf stage and then the little leaves turn brown and the seedling dies. Have tried these a number of times and never got even one to flower stage. No problem with the white and pink ones.

It is the non gardening jobs that I will have to find time to do, painting the garden furniture and that sort of task.

Tomorrow it is don the yellow jacket and take to the road to tame the Erigeron growing under the hedge on the road and remove yet more weeds.  This job will have to be postponed if that big white tanker is on the move….not room for both of us on the narrow road.

Lots more but imagine you have read enough if you got this far!

Oh wonder if anyone knows the name of the Rhodo. I have it about 20 years started very small and is still quite small but lovely. Came from Dublin with me and lives growing on a wall.

Some happenings

04 April 2017 19:05:29

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Every year I rave about Myrtus lechleriana and the wonderful scent.  Beats all other plants for scent just super.....well to me!  Sadly this tree is on the way out and I am lucky to have held on to it until the flowers arrived . It is rocking dreadfully despite staking and me holding it up in bad winds ....yes I do ,now that's love!

But there is a second one growing away happily and flowered well this year. Furthermore when the first one is no longer with me....possible that tears will be shed.... I will get yet another to ensure I will always have it.

Then Echeveria rosea such a great colour , Aloe aristata is the other succulent.

Finally the view out my kitchen window ..funny how the yellow tulips seem to stand much stronger than red ones , do you find that too?


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