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Gracedieu Lass's Journal December 2015

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The Lane in December.

31 December 2015 10:42:24

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Another wet and windy morning from the sunny south east. It seems like it will never stop but as we start a New Year we have to be positive and not let this weather deter us from all the hopes we have for the coming months. 

The Lane is looking it's worst at this time of year and the only colour is from Rhododendron 'Christmas Cheer', which has pretty pink flowers. It is flowering a month later this year than last, but very welcome all the same. The snowdrops and daffodils which are planted on the margins of The Lane are well up, but it will be another six weeks before any flower. 

Best wish to all on the site for a great 2016 and I am looking forward meeting you during the year at some of our garden visits. Happy Gardening for 2016.

Hamamelis mollis.

22 December 2015 13:47:33

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The flowers of this small tree are always welcome at this time of year and it has never failed to flower in time for Christmas since it was planted in 1988. They are not the cheapest of plants to buy but they give so much over the year, from their spidery flowers in winter to the rich red of their leaves in autumn.   

Land Girls.

21 December 2015 10:01:55

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What another miserable morning it is out there today. I have been looking through some gardening photos from the summer in order to cheer myself up, when I came across thIs group of photos of the girls so excited, well Olivia, at being able to pull carrots and pick a few flowers. It is so nice to see how they enjoy simple things like selecting flowers to bring into their Mam or collecting the eggs, long may it last. In the photos they were sizing up how big Olivia's tree, an Acer with a very long name, has growing since they were last here.

Delicate Blooms.

19 December 2015 08:48:49

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No gardening done in the last few weeks due to the dreadful weather that has afflicted all parts of the country. The past week the drizzle has only stopped for heavy rain and the grey skies seem to be stuck on top of us. This morning there are gale force winds blowing and of course the drizzle and the grey skies remain. However, the snowdrops are making good growth and a few early ones are blooming away in the garden. The slugs are having a feast on a lot of them  and the only way to enjoy them is to bring them into the house before they are decimated. I just noticed the snowdrops are up in the grass and some already showing signs of white, which seems way too early.

Galanthus ' Three Ships'

16 December 2015 22:02:02

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A little early this year for flowering is Galanthus ' Three Ships', a snowdrop found in the garden of John Morley. A lovely strong snowdrop that has bulked up for us in a short time. An I nteresting article in this months 'English Garden' on John's garden and his snowdrop nursery, North Green. Beautiful photos of very desirable snowdrops entices you to order some more drops.

Narcissus ' Jenny'

10 December 2015 14:59:32

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A lovely little daffodil that has just started to flower in the garden, despite the wet and windy weather, is Narcissus' Jenny'. It usually flowers just a few days before Christmas, but this year seems to be a little earlier. At first you get the odd flower for about two weeks and then they start in earnest. I look forward to it flowering every year and these beautiful pale yellow flowers are most welcome in the darkest days of winter. This year has also been a great year for the Iris unguicularis and I have been picking lots of flowers over the past weeks.

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