Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The Astilbe has regrown from the soil near the pond.It is a deep red colour at the moment which will change to green once it matures.the frothy flowers will look good by the pond.The Marsh Marigolds are in flower too.
Tomorrow is the first day of the Harrogate spring flower show.The cold snap has meant it really is springtime.I look forward to seeing all the new things that are there, and all the old favourites.
I will buy a few plants and sundries I bet to make the garden even more beautiful.I'm looking forward to seeing if they have obtained 2000 pop bottles to make a full size greenhouse with just garden canes and bottles.
I enjoy the feel good vibe, music, food, and flowers.It feels like the start of the gardening year.
Sunday, April 21, 2013
I used my worm compost from the Hungry bin to re pot the Tomato Brandy wine.Fifteen plants are now ready to grow away vigorously.I re potted the Tomato chocolate Cherry that I bought from Hampsons. I tried to grow them last year and failed dismally.
I potted the Petunia Presto plants (white, and blue) into individual pots.I want to grow them on for a month before they get put into the hanging baskets.
I have a lot of Sweet Williams in the baskets at the moment.They are tough and have survived the wet 2012, and the cold start to 2013.They seem to be perennials.
The sun was shining today for a while and it felt like spring.The garden is gathering pace, and the plants are eagerly growing in the warm sunshine.We had a few passing April showers too.
I will draw for the bulbs tonight and post them to the lucky winner.I thought more people would have wanted them.
All the photos have been taken on the new camera.I am slowly getting used to it.The garden has so much growing that i have a ready supply of subjects to photograph.
Friday, April 19, 2013
There is still two days left for the free bulb prize draw.The lovely exotic looking Tibetan Peacock Orchids are waiting for a new home.Email me your address details by 5pm Sunday .
The Petunias need potting on to grow a bit more before being planted. I have Gladiolus, Anemone De Caens, Freesias, and the Pansy's to plant on Sunday.I hope the weather will be good to get to the allotment to sow my seeds, and for the garden to plant all the above.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
I bought more garden things today.I am lethal in Hampsons or Wilkos at this time of the year.I have a card and will use it.
I bought some solar Tiffany lights, some Gladiolus, Ranunculus, and Turtle Head flower plant.I bought two trays of Pansy's for the garden and baskets.White, and the Tri Color one photographed.I also bought Spring Onion and Japanese Spring Onion seeds to grow on the patio.
The greenhouse has started to germinate all the seeds that I have planted in the sunshine.The only two not germinating is the Jalapeno Summer Heat, and the Tomato Gardeners Delight.
Even the second wave of Cabbages have begun to germinate, and the slow growing Celeriac Monarch is regally germinating (at last!). It really feels like Spring has sprung.
The deal was I got one packet free, and the other packet was to be given away in a prize draw.It has to be posted by mail/airmail, and the receiving country allow the passage of bulbs!
Email me your name and address to email@example.com with the tagline "Free Bulb giveaway".
I will randomly draw one lucky person who reads the blog and leaves me an address.I will post the bulbs post haste to the lucky person.I have planted my three bulbs into a pot in the greenhouse.They can be grown outside during the summer too.
The bulb company web address is: http://www.spaldingbulb.co.uk/
I will run the prize draw until Sunday 21st April at 1700 BST.Good luck readers!
Friday, April 12, 2013
I planted the five pots of English Bluebells today around my Mallus Braeburn.They will be just at the right height to smell the delicious violet scent.I had not realised that true English Bluebells are scented. The invasive Spanish ones (and the crosses between the two species) are not.Bee's love Bluebells too..
I planted the Heathers in the sunken border, along with the Sheep's Bit plant.
I planted the Musk Mallow, and Knapweed in the wildflower bed by the pond.It has been a grey overcast day today but its forecast to brighten up over the weekend.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
It started raining when i was outside potting plants up.This Daffodil shows fresh raindrops running off its petals.
I decided to buy some Heathers for Spring flowers for any early Bees'.There were also Heathers that flower mid summer, and the end of summer.I bought five pots of English Bluebells (don't know where to plant them?), and three perennial plants (Sheep's Bit, Musk Mellow, and Knapweed).I bought an owl stone planter too.
I dodged the rain this afternoon to re pot the Raspberry canes, the three different Bishop Dahlias, the Carex grasses,and the Lavender/Rosemary.
I have left the Heathers and perennials to plant in the garden tomorrow.The two new Clematis need planting under the Honeysuckle against the fence.I hope they grow okay and the birds do not decimate the stems like they did before.
I'm back to work over the weekend, but the spring garden is coming along nicely.
Tuesday, April 09, 2013
I spent the afternoon sowing the second wave of Vegetable seeds, about five weeks after the first seed were sown. I sowed Jalapeno Summer Heat, Pepper Tabasco to replace my failed first attempts, French Bean Amethyst, French Bean Castanell (a trial seed free from Marshalls), Pumpkin Spellbound, Tomato Gardeners Delight, Pak Choi Ruby Shine, Cabbage Noelle, and Cabbage Wingidstadt.
I have just counted sixteen seed trays in the greenhouse. My Sweet Peas are germinating well now, and the Tomato Brandywine,Cabbage Derby Day,and Kohl Rabi are developing their first pair of true leaves.
I think the paraffin heater has helped them germinate, and stopped the inside of the greenhouse freezing.
I need to sow the remaining seeds up at the allotment, and to plant my two lots of Potatoes.I think tomorrow will be an allotment day.
I also ordered a new Camera as my Fuji fine pix is getting battered and the buttons are sticking.I have had it for a few years now.The new camera will be a Nikon.Expect lots of photos as i play with it and try to take better photos for the blog.A picture can be worth a thousand words.
Monday, April 08, 2013
The blog is like a photographic record of blooming dates.Last year my Tulips had begin blooming in March.This year they are just buds and leaves and weeks away from opening.2005/2006 had no Daffodil pictures I think.
I have not seen a single Bee this year, or any early butterflies.Whether the freezing cold has made them sleepy still.The bee pack has a flower guide too for making a long season for the Bee's.It will be interesting to see what they recommend, and what I have growing already if any.
The greenhouse seed trays are growing well now. Kohl Rabi, Leeks, Cabbage Derby Day,Tomato Brandy wine, and my mixed Sweet Peas are all germinating.the only tray with no seeds is the Celeriac Monarch..
I will sow more seeds tomorrow to start them off in the greenhouse, including my new Chilli's. I potted up my Delphinium Fountain Mix plug plants that arrived on Thursday.
Thursday, April 04, 2013
The greenhouse is staying warm with the paraffin heater and the seeds are beginning to germinate.I am working nights until Monday so the garden will have to grow without me watching.
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Interestingly the last few Roses from Wilko's have been grown in Poland. Does anyone know is Poland a hotbed of Rose growing,or is it a new industry?
The Rose Queen Elizabeth had been trimmed and sealed with green wax.The roots have been wrapped with black polythene over a sawdust/chicken manure mix.I washed off the foul smelling compost mix and planted in my mix (garden compost,and Asda compost).
I went around today and sprinkled Rose food in all the pots and the four Roses in the front garden.They will need feeding after their first flush of flowers has finished.Im a Rose O phile..
I checked my Chili seeds today in the conservatory.Alas they had all got a rotting infection.I saved 3 Scotch Bonnet,and 1 Jalapeno.I promptly went online and ordered some new Chili seeds from Suttons. Chili Tabasco,and extra Hot Jalapeno.I will try a new way of germinating seeds as suggested by Laura,who has the most impressive Chili plants in the blogosphere.
Spring will hopefully be here soon, and the temperature is predicted to rise on the weekend.
Monday, April 01, 2013
This Pansy is growing beneath a Rose.Cat planted lots of them last year and they have all over wintered.They bloom under the Roses.Small flowers to under plant the dramatic roses.They offer a supporting role.
The greenhouse has been warmed for the past two nights with a paraffin heater.The seedlings are starting to germinate in earnest.The only problem has been the Tomatoes that look sickly.I have bought a second pack of Tomato seeds from B&Q (where i got the paraffin) in case the first lot fail.
The Daffodils remain tightly shut,waiting for the warmth of Spring to lull them into flowering.The Tulips are also waiting for the sunshine.