Saturday, April 22, 2017

A few jobs ...

After this winter the tiny bonsai needed repotting . I made a new one with a sad clump of Molinia grass I dug out of the garden . It was mostly dead anyway , so a few healthy sprigs make a sweet bonsai and  much healthier with all the dead bits pulled off.

I found all the soil in my larger pots had sunk down too low , so I  have been repotting .
And all the Sempervivums looked awful , so I pulled those out replaced the small pups .

Last year I unloaded a truck full of river pebbles. A little texture change from the gravel that makes up most of the garden. With all the snow and rain this year,  most of it got squashed into the soil , in a not very attractive  way . 
So, I've what  been picking through the soil and weeds to get at the pebbles .  And why not trim off the dead lower Yucca leaves  , Which in some cases doesn't leave much of a plant . Now that's a  way to spend a sunny afternoon.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Out in the garden..

Fine dry weather finds us out in the garden at last. I've been digging  perennials up. dividing them , moving them , trying not to damage them too much . Some of them are awfully  deep rooted , and I'm exhausted ….

I found more circler pavers buried under gravel. So, I've been trying to rework this …again.

Not treading on things is the difficult bit.  I've already squashed  a few just emerging Sedums  .

So far I've dug up clumps of : Iris, Knophofia, Crocosmia and a few…I don't now what you are , but I'll divide you anyway. 

Erythronium 'Kondo' 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day for March !

I was sat looking out the window the other day. When I could just see this tiny pink something.  I had to get my binoculars  out because it was pouring down with rain. I'd forgotten about Tulip  humbles violacea  , and much earlier than my other Tulips.

Cyclamen coum in one of my  handmade Goodwill pots .

And lastly a new bloom …Primula vulgarism 'double white'
Thank you Carol  at May Dreams Gardens 

Monday, March 6, 2017

Back in business...

The muck is piling up ! Now that we have had a few dry periods, in what has been so far this month...  cold, wet and grey.  I had planned to systematically work  through the tidying up of the garden .  I've been so deprived of out door time this winter , I've just been rampaging in every direction .

Every spare container is stuffed … that's perennials this time of year. I really need to fill in more with evergreens  !

Nearly done with the front , except the annual weeds are moving in ….

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Another Crocus...

I've been waiting for this one to bloom ! It's a new one 'Chrysanthus orange monarch' . It's very tiny ,  the size of  a small candle flame.  I wish I'd planted some in a bowl , so I could bring them indoors ! 

Saturday, March 4, 2017

I have fruit

While tidying up the sunroom , I happened to discover ….I have ripe Cape gooseberries or Physalis peruviana   !
There were lots of blooms when  I brought my two plants in for the winter. I didn't expect they would come to much. But I did give them plenty of water…. just in case . 

Every now and again I give the flowers a little squeeze. The fruit seemed  not to be  getting any bigger.  But, recently  they have been turning yellow . and this morning a few had dropped . That's when I found nice ripe cherries….and very sweet  too !

Saturday, February 25, 2017

My Crocus

I've been planting Species Crocus bulbs for the last few years.  In 2013, I planted 50   'biflorus spring beauty'  .
I count, so far  only five clumps …nice fat little clumps though .  

Only two clumps of  50 "Sieberi Tricolor' planted the same year returned . It is an area that gets messed  about  though.  I might try them again, in another area.

In 2015  I planted 50 Tommasinians ,  there are quite a few  clumps scattered about . And I see many that haven't appeared yet. Must be a good one !
I was  impressed with the returning Chrysanthus 'cream beauty' planted in 2014.
At least a half dozen nice sized groups . Then I checked …I'd planted 100 bulbs .
So, I'm still confused …                                                                                                                                                                       I'm waiting for last years planting of  25 Chrysanthus orange beauty  which  with all the frozen ground this year , got squeezed up and out of the ground . I replanted them all , but they haven't bloomed yet.