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.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

February …I have blooms

It look a bit of scratching around , but I have  found blooms.
The first Cyclamen coum bloom.

Helleborus foetidus 

I think , Crocus tommasiniana  , just one so far .
Crocus chrysanthus 'cream beauty' , only one at the moment . 

Hamamelis mollas 'primavera'  , weirdly only blooms on the lower branches. 

Hamamelis 'Diana' just now starting to bloom. 

Monday, February 6, 2017

My sticks...

 Leon Kossoff 'Cherry tree, winter'

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

I've got my garden back...

So … this is what a garden looks like after a week of being blanketed with ten inches of snow. The big grasses are all truly having a "bad hair day" . 

To be honest the garden always looks pretty scrappy this time of year , with perennials   getting knocked about every which way. 

I  did go out when the sun came out and chopped at a few things, just to clear the path  a bit.  I  left  all the cuttings on the ground . I think next month I'll start really cutting back and clearing up. Before the early bulbs start poking though.

I wonder if I should lift that ice sheet from the fish tank ?

My favorite plant at the moment ….The Wintergold  Mugo Pine  !

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Four days in...

Four days snowed in with two bored dog and a husband . I have managed to finish a quilt  and start another. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Another look at the January garden

Things have changed a bit from yesterdays post ! 

So much snow cover , I 'm having trouble remembering ….what is under there.  Oh yes Bamboo ! The drooping cable is more worrying .

Arctostaphylos before I  swished it with the broom .

Not worried so much about the grasses and perennials , but all the big heavy shrubs along the fence…now where are they. I've been darting in and out , as I suddenly remember : Cistus 'Alma '  Rosemary and  Pittosporum 'tall and tough'  … lets hope so.

Completely bent to the ground Eucalyptus camphora  .

The little shed looks quite sweet ! Haven't checked on my Bonzai  collection sitting on the tree stump yet.  

I think that's Saccharum ravennae  , maybe it will pop up again .

The Eucayptus after a little brush up. It did die back the first year I planted it , so I'm hopeful for recovery !