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JoanG's Journal March 2016

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Happy Easter

26 March 2016 20:51:32
Happy Easter

Happy Easter

It's not looking like gardening weather, so I wish you all and your families a Happy Easter munching on choccies or whatever your plans may be.  Let's hope the sunshine and calm returns soon.  

Pulsatilla rubra (pasque flower) has opened here right on cue.  It wasn't a day for taking photos so this one is from the web!

 

Tiny flowers

25 March 2016 21:52:17

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There are lots of small flowered plants in the garden but these two are really tiny.

Epimedium 'Orange Glow' flowers on the thinnest of stems.  At the moment the flowers are hanging down, so apologies for the fuzzy photo when I tried to hold them up to show you.  The other shot shows their size next to a chionodoxa.

And Omphalodes 'Starry Eyes' is aptly named with the daintiest little blue and white flowers. It's starting to spread gently now in its second year. 

I have these courtesy of Fran and Mary (Gracedieu) respectively, so thank you both for these delightful little plants. 

Camellia

09 March 2016 21:21:45

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If you have space for only one camellia, 'Donation' is hard to beat for flower power.  I tried counting the blooms and buds on mine this afternoon and gave up at around 500. It is just coming into its own now and with luck will continue flowering through March and April, and perhaps even into early May.

 

Wet winter casualties

07 March 2016 22:09:36

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I can't be sure that the wet winter is entirely responsible for for these losses in the garden but it probably had a part to play.

Heucherella 'Tapestry' planted in the front garden last year has not a single leaf.  When I dug it up to investigate, there were good roots but the plant disintegrated at the crown.  I've replaced it with Tiarella 'Sugar and Spice' which has similar foliage and hope this will do better.  

And, sad to say, the beautiful Primula pulverulenta brought home from Bodnant in 2014 has vanished without trace ... and they're supposed to like damp conditions!  Also, not a single seedling of opium poppies (and there were plenty) has made it through the winter.

Did you have any winter casualties?

 

 

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