Apple blossom

Almost a month earlier than last year:

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Lots more buds, so I’m hoping that there’ll be plenty of Bramleys in the autumn.

In other news, I’ve started doing things with various seedlings – the few penstemon to show themselves have gone into a pot, and so have the marigolds – and I started another tray of marigolds too. The white lychnis and some pink lychnis have gone into multi-celled trays to get a bit bigger, but most of the pink lychnis have gone straight out into the garden to fill a bare patch – if they make it it’s a bonus but if they don’t we have more. For some reason the pink germinated much better than the white. I also started a tray of annual salvia – Clary “Blue Denim” – so we’ll see what comes of that. The veggies are looking pretty good so far and I’m aiming to have them out on the patio next weekend.

Wildlife – today I saw an orange tip butterfly, and a pair of goldfinches! The nyger seed I’ve added to the feeder is clearly working.

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Friday flowers

It’s been a busy day – both J and I had the day off work, but I had errands to run with Mum so J was left to his own devices to play in our garden. Meanwhile Mum & I took Benji to the groomers, and went to Homebase for a few bits and bobs. We came away with some bundles of canes and a barely-controllable roll of netting, along with a few plants of course. After lunch it was another trip out for the Benji-dog (he gets a check-up every six months, and it was vaccination time too). Then I had chance to get a few pictures of Mum’s garden before heading home – just on the mobile phone as I didn’t have my camera with me.

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The raised beds are looking good

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This is one of the tulips I tried photographing last year – did better this time around!

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Vinca in the sunshine

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And a gratuitous photo of Benji, of course.

While I was out, J cut the grass, did a lot of weeding and tidying, and repainted the patio furniture, so it’s looking neat and tidy.

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Next tasks will be bring the veg trugs out and putting the netting over them, and pricking out various seedlings. I’ve got other seeds I should probably do something with as well. Most of that will wait till next weekend, though I might get a few bits and bobs done tomorrow or Sunday.

Hope you’re enjoying good weather this weekend!

 

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one

The tulips are getting better by the day. We’ve got red ones:

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Orangey-yellow ones:

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White ones:

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We’ve got some yellow ones too but I was struggling to get photos because of the breeze.

But my favourites at the moment are the purple ones with their ever-so-slightly-pointy petals.

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And if you’re getting fed up with tulips, there’s a skimmia flowering too:

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(But really, who could be fed up with tulips?)

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More pictures!

Every day something changes drastically. It’s that point in the year where things are growing and flowering with so much energy that you can see the difference each time you look.

Last weekend the peony was nothing more than shoots:

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Now it’s looking like a proper plant. Buds and everything.

Same with the dicentra:

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A few days ago I had one tulip opening… Now look at them!

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And more on the way:

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Apple blossom is starting to show itself:

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And the fritillaries are hitting their stride:

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Some things have been flowering for ages, of course…

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Tulip colour

It was just starting to show on Sunday, and now it’s opening. It’s one of the ones Mum bought last year but I have no idea of the variety.

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A good morning

This morning I spent a couple of hours doing some bits and pieces – there were lots more things I could have done but having had a very nasty cold in the week (one of those that spends a couple of days kicking you very hard) my energy levels are still a bit low. So the few immediate priorities were dealt with and everything else will have to wait.

The first thing was veg trug number 2. Yes, I remember saying it was going to wait a bit, but things happened. Specifically, yesterday I had a day off work and took Mum to the garden centre. There were trays of salad veg. I have no willpower. £3.99 each or 4 for £14… so Mum had a tray of mixed salad leaves, and I had one each of Cosmic cut & come again lettuce, Lollo Rosso  and radishes. There are some radishes left over so I’ll see if Mum wants them.

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Didn’t think I could fit them both in the greenhouse, but apparently I can. Only till we need the space for tomatoes, though.

The other priorities were the new plants that arrived yesterday – I only ordered them last weekend so was quite impressed. These were astilbes and dianthus deltoides, which will (I hope) go some way to addressing some of our problem areas. The astilbes are a bit of a gamble as technically we should be too dry for them but we do have a couple of areas which always seem to be damp and mossy so it seemed a risk worth taking; most of them have gone in the front garden, near the house, and just a few in the back. The dianthus are a low-growing evergreen and like shady areas, so I’m hoping they’ll provide some extra ground cover.

Of course there are the obligatory photos of what’s doing well today. It’s starting to look colourful, after weeks of various greens and yellows and just the odd bit of something else.

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Prunus

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Hyacinth – we didn’t plant this, it just pops up every spring.

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Yes, the hellebores again. They are just so lovely this year.

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Forsythia

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Not a great pic but the honeysuckle which we moved last year – after a shaky start it seems to be settling in well.

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A shy vinca starting to flower.

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New foliage on a cornus.

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Photinia – both are covered in new growth.

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Flower spikes starting to emerge on heuchera.

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Snake’s head fritillary – so pleased to have these, after years of wanting them, and pleased that they seem to be doing well.

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Wood anemone – badly composed photo, but aren’t the colours gorgeous?

Hope you’re enjoying the sunshine today!

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A bit of work in Mum’s garden

Mum has, of course, been overdoing things in the garden this week. There were things she’d asked us to help with (mainly getting plants out of large pots and into the ground) that she took it upon herself to do without our assistance. She has been told off 😉

She did need our help to get the usable compost out of the bin and onto the garden, though, so we went over and did that this afternoon. Very breezy again, but sunnier than yesterday so a bit more pleasant to be out in. Though Benji wasn’t very impressed.

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“Must we be outside in this wind? It’s ruining my hairdo.”

Mum’s garden is a lot neater than ours, and the raised beds by the patio are looking lovely. She now has some trellis on the garage for the jasmine and clematis to grow up, plus a bit on the fence where she’s intending to have a climbing rose.

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She was very keen for me to take a photo of this narcissus – five flower heads on a single stem, isn’t it pretty?

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My eye was caught by the flowering currant at the top of the garden – a pink one, very striking next to the yellow of a forsythia. So I took a couple of pictures with different focus to see which effect I preferred.

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When we got home I realised I hadn’t taken a general photo of our garden yesterday, so here it is:

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Not as neat as Mum’s, but not too bad for March.

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