Archive for February, 2011

Spent Snowdrops

Two years ago, I planted some snowdrops and crocuses around the rather new ornamental cherry tree (yes, I know more crocuses but I cant get enough of them). So when they pop up year after year during the freezing winter months, its always sad to see them go. But as they die back they are then replaced with the later flowering crocuses which liven up the place once again.

These are Galanthus Nivalis, in a couple of years they’ll start to bulk up creating natural little clumps.

Do you grow snowdrops?

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February 23, 2011 at 6:30 pm 2 comments

Spring Cleaning

Yesterday I did abit of Spring cleaning in the garden  focusing on the patio side, it mainly consisted of weeding and clearing up which is always a fun task while in the garden.

Unfortunately I still haven’t been able to burn the old parts of the lilac tree I chopped down purely because I wasn’t able to get the fire pit, but I shall be saving up for it so, come next bonfire night I’ll be enjoying the warm glow of burning fire wood.

Before …

After…

All I need is a broom now.

Any Spring cleaning going on in your garden?

February 22, 2011 at 6:37 pm 1 comment

Tackling The Vegetable Bed

On Sunday I spent most of the day in the garden and was in the mood for tackling the vegetable bed (at last) so began the long forking and digging process.

P.S This photo was taken on the friday night so if you can actually see the remnants of the veg bed you must have 20/20 vision.

These photo’s are from sunday, so here I began by forking over the soil.

After, I added the soil from the 3 grow bags I had the tomatoes in last year to help improve the structure of the soil as I have thick clay here in the little garden.

After Digging that in, the vegetable bed looked much more respectable,  i’ll be able to get some veg into it soon, can’t wait. Oh and if your wondering about the bricks, those were found in the bed when I dug it over, so I used them to outline the border, makes it look more pretty.

All in a days work :)

What are you doing in your garden this week?

February 22, 2011 at 1:02 am Leave a comment

Blooming Bulbs

Currently in the flower bed the bulbs have grown massive, with the daffodil flower buds near bursting and more crocuses appearing everyday, spring is right around the corner and I can’t wait!

 The flower bed may still have gaps in it as the tulips are still only poking their noses through the ground along with the other types of bulbs I planted, but It will fill out as the other plants get larger. The picture of the little bulb poking through is the alliums (which I absolutely adore). I’ll also be able to start to sow some flowers soon as long as the weather improves.

Hopefully the flower bed is going to look great this year come late spring/early summer the bed will be chock full of fleurs, just you wait and see.

What are the bulbs like in your garden?

February 18, 2011 at 6:39 pm Leave a comment

Old Friends

Just as the garden was going to sleep for the winter I pulled up some of the spent agastache plants and to my surprise found these little, purple, furry shoots emerging from the base of the plant so, I took the little chunck of stem and potted it up. over the winter it didnt grow much but as the days become longer and light levels increase iv’e noticed the lil’ thing sprouting some new leaves.

I plan on adding some key perennials to bring more body to the bed within the warmer months and also something that will return year after year. Agastache being one of them as it has beautiful flowers, provides lots of food for the insects and has a really sweet, pleasant smell.

While in the garden I also discovered another agastche, where I forgot to take out an old stem,I noticed it had some shoots coming through, which made me  rather intrigued as to how the plant had managed to survive through the winter in the freezing conditions, but i’m glad it did. So it seems my old friends shall be gracing the flower bed with their beauty once again.

Have you made any discoveries in your garden recently?

February 17, 2011 at 6:15 pm Leave a comment

Budding Lillies

Around about autumn time when I was lifting  the spent lilies I came across a few little bulblets around the base of the stem, this was a first for me so I just popped them in a cell with some soil, watered and waited.

After a few weeks the bulbs produced some really vibrant green shoots, but by winter the leaves began to die and i got slightly worried but I decided to keep them in the greenhouse over winter.

And it’s a good job I did the bulbs started to produce shoots again 2 weeks back so when they were large enough I potted them up, so now I have some baby lilies for free which are destined for the flower bed when their older.

 

Are you over wintering any plants ?

February 16, 2011 at 7:25 pm Leave a comment


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