Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Today is moving day to the new house. The photo was taken from the upstairs bedroom window on Monday. The wild garden is below.I have been packing my things ready to go tomorrow to the new house.
The phone line and internet will be moving, but there will a week with no blog :(
Once I'm online I can write about what I have done to the secret garden, buried beneath fire weed and brambles that have knocked the fence over!
Hope to be blogging my progress through the winter in the new garden. For me after a year with no garden its like Christmas come early.
Snappys garden blog will be live from my own garden. I have spring bulbs galore, seeds, and the fifty plants in the flat that need moving.
See you all in a week or so when im back online!
Monday, November 26, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
A Winged Beastie from Hil's garden.I took this photo before we went to Tatton Park.
Im back on a short set of nights.I should finally sign for the house in the morning, and see the new garden.
Its been an uphill struggle, like the Fly walking up the grassy leaf!
Its cold now that I have woken up. I want to do some google research about Catepillars and Stripes using to predict weather. Thanks Oldroses for the comment. A gardener watches the sky, the barometer, and the wild life in an attempt to work out what the coming days weather will show.
Hope all your weekends have been good, and that your gardens are not frozen over yet.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
The Christmas Cactus flower continues to unfurl its petals from the cylindrical bud.
A long day at work.It was cold this morning,and even colder on the way back. The new garden will be frozen by the weather.
In the south of England they have reported Berwick swans have settled into the waters, in numbers double of last year. Scientists take it that the Winter will be bitterly cold this year.
They have flown 3000 miles from the Artic Tundra on the cold Easterly winds that have been making us shiver.
If there is two things the British love, One is gardening, and the other is talking about the Weather. I think the Island shape of the country, and old reliance on agriculture and the sea have made us weather obsessed!
To the point of predicting the weather because of the arrival of Swans!
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
I hope to go back again to Harlow Carr to see whats growing and what has changed now we are in November. Its like a magic place for me where I can get ideas, and see various plantings. They have sooo many plants and tree's to photograph too.Its like an ever changing canvas, where the picture always looks different based on when you visit.
Next Spring I want to return to see the carpet of spring bulbs which I can only guess as to where they might be, and to see the extensive collection of Magnolias. In the Summer I saw the trees adorned with spent blooms, and it is mentioned in the guidebook about the Magnolia flowers.
If you plant well then every season can have interest, so you do not just venture into your garden in Spring and Summer. Im aching to get into the soil and feel the wind on my face.
I have Dahlia tubers too but not as bright as the one photographed.More news soon I hope.
Monday, November 19, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
I finally bought some spring bulbs, at half price from Home Base.There are fourty Muscari Armeniacum, ten dwarf Toronto Tulips, ten dwarf Minnow Daffodils, fifteen Anemone Blanda Blue shades, and twenty five Chionodoxo Lucillae.
It was Half price, a bargain for five pounds. I got some Hyacinths for growing on indoors too. Every year I think I will try to grow some from bulbs. These were reduced to £2 each for 3 bulbs.
There are three Lavender coloured Hyacinth Ostara, and three Hyacinth Pink Pearl. These have been planted in two plastic boxes, the only thing I had shallow enough for the bulbs. There are special shallow pots you can buy for growing Hyacinths on. These plastic boxes are sat in the dark now waiting for some leaf growth.
I also bought a small potted plant in a silver pot. After being inspired by my earlier post about plants that remind you of Xmas. My friend in Scotland used to buy her Granny one of these plants every year. Its a Mexican native, and has a lovely legend attached to it!
Friday, November 16, 2007
Some Cone flower heads from the August trip to Harlow Carr.I have been under the weather today with a bad cough.
My photos have been arranged this year by month. If I do not have anything good to blog I can go through the mists of time to my favourite trips out.
Three visits to Harlow Carr, one to the RHS flower show at Tatton Park, and the Last one was The Autumn flower show at Harrogate.
Thousands of photos were taken. I love this for the warm feel, with the almost holographic seed head. These are works of natures Art I think. Bee's and wasps love them as do I.
Im thinking of trying to grow Echinaceas next year. The original purple coneflower. They are in my garden dreams.
Its Friday evening, the BBC is going to hand over the night to Pudsey bear. The Children in Need programme goes on all night with celebrities and normal people raising money for the charity. They generally raise millions of pounds. http://www.bbc.co.uk/pudsey/
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
Have worked a long day today, and am back tomorrow.I finally have good news on the house, and will sign a contract friday.Gardening properly soon :)
Cant wait as its been too long with no soil on my hands..
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Saturday, November 10, 2007
The first was a new finding of a rare Orchid on a disused coal mining site in Scotland. the funky named Epipactis Youngiana (I prefer Youngs Helleborine which is easier to say).
The top photo is taken from google images, the Orchids yellow bell shaped flowers found in Scotland... I love the fact we have wild orchids growing here in Britain.
This particular Orchid has only been found to grow on land formally used in heavy Industry. The Scottish land it was discovered on was a coal mine untill 1980.
The problem is these land polluting industrys where this orchid has been found growing, are no longer in existence. If this is this orchids preferred environment how do you maintain it?
By keeping the land polluted with heavy metals in the soil?
Most of these former industrial sites are not protected, and several have been developed, eliminating the Orchids that grew there. The botanists took seeds from this flowering one, so hopefully somebody from the Hardy Orchid society will be able to grow this plant so it does not dissapear from Britain. http://www.hardyorchidsociety.org.uk/
If the orchid did not adapt to the changing conditions it would die out though, by selection pressure (Darwin again).
The second story is a corpse flower is almost flowering at the Eden Project in Cornwall. I remember when one flowered at the New York botanical gardens.
For a malodorous flower it makes headlines wherever it flowers!
I still want to go to the Eden project to see the Huge Biomes (Round domes) built on a former clay quarry, with seperate plant environments in each one. It says they have 1000,000 plants representing 5000 species from the worlds climatic zones.
How cool that somebody thought why dont we build a garden on a flooded scooped out clay pit? The project was a successful millenium project, and is in the top 10 of British attractions for visitor numbers. The glass domes and twist on the garden of Eden captivated the visitors.
Two storys linked by industrial ghosts that are no longer there, the flowers are in their place.
A funny day. No news on the house yet, am waiting for the new landlord to give the estate agent a contract. I over slept today for some reason. Maybe the grey clouds, strong wind, and cold kept me under the quilt!
I am blogging late (it will say about 1am).I have been trying to propogate plants. Pictured is the spider plant with the stolon pinned to the little pot.Im hoping the 3 baby plants will root in the pot.They are just sat on top of the soil with a paper clip holding the runner down.
I took some leaves from the Christmas cactus as UK Bob suggested and put them in the small pot. Six cuttings to try to make one healthy plant. If that works I will do that every so often to make plants for next years plant sale in Walton.
The media officer from Send A Cow sent me an email saying she liked the blog post about keyhole gardens. I want to order the Bag garden kit for when I move. I will see what I can grow over the winter in it. I think you can get Winter onion sets, and grow Kale...
I moved the new Chilli seedlings from the round pot with the fuschia cutting into their own little pots. I have five chilli plants growing now. Jalapeno, Friars Hat, and some unknown varieties from work. The store bought chillis are called Serenade. I have five seedlings from the seeds I scooped out.
I need to look up chilli recipies to use all my chillis if these plants grow! I hope to have positive news soon about house (with the small garden that needs my TLC and green fingers).
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
The Christmas Cactus from my Nans house has started growing flower buds the past week when i have been working nights. It is a strange plant being an Epiphytic cactus. The longer dark nights and lower temperatures I think have caused it to begin bud growth.
Sclhumbergera is the Genus name, I dont know much else about the plant except for where I got it from.
It sits most of the year quietly, occasionally dropping leaves, and sometimes looking dried up on the edges. It must be happy though if its developing flower buds. I hope they do not drop off before they open and have been photographed.
I must try to propogate it. Wikipedia says a sandy based soil will help the quarter buried leaf grow new plants. Its special plant to me because its an heirloom, a living memory of my late Nan. It was growing in her front facing dining room with the welsh dresser and dining room table. It was flowering when me and my sister were sorting the house out, and has a few times after.
This will be the first time that the Christmas cactus will be photographed for the Gardens blog though.
Sunday, November 04, 2007
"For every dark night, there is a brighter day"
The photo is of the gorgeous Lady Emma Hamilton Peach coloured rose, taken in Harlow Carr on my last visit. It did not win the David Austin vouchers so im going to blog my best entrys. I love this roses colour, and strong scent.
I would have bought one of these rose bushes with the voucher. The roses he grows are sumptuous, and I think every garden needs at least one rose species!
Saturday, November 03, 2007
Im back after my fifth night shift. I overslept yesterday and had to rush to work with emails unchecked and blog not written.
I love this busy lizzy flower, which is flowering like mad in the kitchen. It was the only surviving plant grown from Seed!
I have had a few successes this year, along with a lot of disasters.
Its always good to savour the successes you have grown!
Thursday, November 01, 2007
White Rabbit! Its the first of November (Where does the time go to?)