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JoanG's Journal March 2014

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At its best now

19 March 2014 21:41:21

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Camellia 'Donation' covered in blossoms today. 

Its flowering time differs every spring depending on the weather.  This year, with the milder temperatures and recent spell of good weather, it's looking its best right now.  The early blossoms haven't yet started to turn and there are more flowers in bud to succeed them.

What a difference!

19 March 2014 21:25:34

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Remember last March? 

I had a lovely day in the garden today, doing all kinds of pottering.  Fed roses, tied in a climbing rose and clematis, potted up seedlings, pruned a couple of shrubs, did a little weeding and tidying, planted out poppies and foxgloves.  It was windy but mild and when the sun came out, I had coffee outside (twice).

What a change from this day last year!  Hope you all had a good day.



Alpine bowl

18 March 2014 22:47:10

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I didn't grow any alpines until going to the Alpine Garden Society show for the first time last April, I was tempted by the little beauties on display.  Only bought a few and planted them together in a bowl:

This pretty primula allionii 'Pink Aire' is now flowering again; a green sempervivum which should have had yellow flowers in summer but never flowered; a dark sempervivum for contrast, and a little saxifraga x paulinae 'Franzii' which had yellow flowers when bought but has since died! (that's the grey blob in the photo).  Well, at least it was partial success and I have an excuse to seek out a couple of replacements at next month's fair.  Any summer flowering suggestions will be welcome!

Long coffee morning at ClaireE's

14 March 2014 20:56:01

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Claire very kindly invited us to her lovely home and garden for "coffee" yesterday.  We were still there over three hours later, which says a lot for the warm welcome, friendship and capacity for chat of garden.ier's!

Claire has created a beautiful, interesting and well planted garden, which in a relatively small area caters for both the needs of a family and the desire of the gardener to have a space that pleases the eye and gives expression to a love of plants.  She achieves it splendidly and, though early in the season, there was so much for us to see and enjoy.  Clara has already posted photos to give you a taster, so I'll just add a few to this journal.

Thank you Claire for a lovely visit and to Myrtle and Clare (Clara) for great company. 

Chaenomeles, for Fran and others

10 March 2014 22:15:50

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Fran posted recently about his chaenomeles that is starting to take off, which made me wonder just how long we have had these plants in the garden here, as they seem to have always been with us.

There are two the same colour, one either side of the front gate, though this is the one I always seem to photograph as it is taller and gets more sun, so it flowers well even though its leaves are poor nowadays, perhaps due to old age?  The leaves on the second (slightly younger) one are fine.  In a mild year they will start to flower before Christmas, then pause through the cold and burst forth again at the first sign of spring.  A plant well worth growing ... this one I reckon could be thirty years old.

Snowdrop poem, for Kitty and Scrubber

03 March 2014 22:13:01
Snowdrop poem, for Kitty and Scrubber

Snowdrop poem, for Kitty and Scrubber

Wordsworth did write one, not as famous as his daffodil poem but here it is:


          LONE Flower, hemmed in with snows and white as they
          But hardier far, once more I see thee bend
          Thy forehead, as if fearful to offend,
          Like an unbidden guest. Though day by day,
          Storms, sallying from the mountain-tops, waylay
          The rising sun, and on the plains descend;
          Yet art thou welcome, welcome as a friend
          Whose zeal outruns his promise! Blue-eyed May
          Shall soon behold this border thickly set
          With bright jonquils, their odours lavishing                
          On the soft west-wind and his frolic peers;
          Nor will I then thy modest grace forget,
          Chaste Snowdrop, venturous harbinger of Spring,
          And pensive monitor of fleeting years!

Purple and white

01 March 2014 21:05:37

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After coming home from a most enjoyable visit to Fran's yesterday, I just had time to get out the camera and take a few more photos for the January-February and Garden Views albums before February ended.

Clare (Clara) gave me this lovely perennial iberis a year or so ago and it has settled well into the driveway border in the front garden and started to spread.  I forgot when I planted it that there were crocuses nearby, some of which it has now surrounded.  I like the accidental combination. 


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