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JoanG's Journal February 2015

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February in the garden

16 February 2015 21:47:31

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A bad cold has kept me away from gardening for the last few days but it's getting better now and meanwhile I've been re-watching old recorded gardening programmes on tv.  Wrapped up well, I did venture out briefly when the sun shone to take a few photos.  It's nice to see colour coming back into the garden and hear the birds singing.  I've added photos to the January-February album.

Do you spot the cheeky little crocus popping up through London Pride?

More hellebores

16 February 2015 21:04:41

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A few more hellebores have flowered now.  The first one was bought in Lidl last year, not in flower, carrying the label Double Ellen Picotee.  Definitely not a picotee so I'm wondering what it is?  I also bought one labelled Double Ellen Purple at the same time; the illustration was a solid purple flower and there's no sign of a hellebore looking like that in the garden!  A label mix-up in Lidl wouldn't surprise me.

The second photo does look like a Double Ellen Pink Picotee but this is one that Krista gave me (thank you Krista).  The third is a white one that I've had for quite a while.

Whatever they're called, I do like them all!

Gardening treat day

13 February 2015 20:54:59

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I had a lovely day yesterday.  In the morning, Myrtle and I visited ClaireE and spent a delightful couple of hours partaking of tea, home baking, lots of chat and laughs and the highlight, a tour round her lovely garden.  Claire protested that there was little to see this early in the year but we found gorgeous hellebores (including one with both pink and white flowers on the same plant!), many primulas in bud (one of Claire's favourite plants), camellias, a stunning holly, ferns, snowdrops, climbers, a lovely selection of succulents in pots, and lots more. 

Claire has really made the most of her space, with a delightful garden that flows around different levels and shows care in the placing of every plant.  Best of all was the company of course; we were sorry that Clare and Fran couldn't join us but there will be another time; thanks Claire for a lovely visit.

Then in the evening, off to Paddy's talk on snowdrops at the Botanic Gardens.  As a snowdrop novice, I just sat back and revelled in his engaging, informative and entertaining presentation of early, main-season and, in particular, Irish snowdrops, all beautifully illustrated by photos from his and Mary's own garden, and others, for us to drool over.

What a wonderful day!

Houseplants at the Bots

04 February 2015 21:31:15

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On a short visit to the Botanical Gardens yesterday, these two plants on display in the Teak House took my fancy.  The first is Columnea hirta, with flowers somewhat like a large Christmas cactus but different foliage, it just looked so cheerful.

And I wonder if any of you strep fans have this lovely Streptocarpus saxorum?  Its small clustered leaves felt furry, so tactile; definitely a houseplant I'd be happy to take home!

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