This is a newer tulip that I planted in the trough container.
This is its second year, so it is good to see it back, although it has
not multiplied. I must admit to having damaged the bulb by cutting
through it with a trowel when trying to remove something else.
I thought I had all the dandilions under control, but one appeared out
of nowhere it seems.
It made a good picture so here it is.
The first new leaves have appear on one of the chilli seedlings.
This is 17 days after planting.
I planted a single tulip in a planting trough in 2013, it has
travelled with me through a few different addresses since then, and it
flowers reliably every year. From the single flower in the first
year, there are now five flowers.
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Last week I got six bags of compost.
I have started putting it on top of the soil starting alongside the
The soil there is very grey almost like cement and what a difference
it makes putting the compost down.
It is just a thin layer and I just throw it down a roughly smooth it
I'm hoping that as well as making it look better it will gradually
improve the soil.
At the moment the clay is very dry and hard on the surface.
I transplanted my rosemary into a container.
This is a plant I bought the summer before last.
Over the previous winter it got very damp
and was suffering.
When I moved it to a bigger pot last summer it had
very few roots.
Now is a completely different story, the roots
were wrapped around the pot very tightly and although
I tried …
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to the post describing the
new red leaves
on a varegated bush.
I speculated that it could be
also known as the lily of the valley bush.
I was unsure as they have flowers in the spring too
and I didn't see any.
I saw one when out walking, it was quite a large shrub, much larger
than mine and it had lots of flowers.
I took another look at mine, and there are indeed flowers which I had
missed as they are low down and somewhat hidden.
Oh look just noticed that there are some ant crawling over the
The shrub I previously thought was a dogwood has its first flower.
It is really rather lovely.
From the flower it is much more likely to be a Kerria japonica
and probably the variety 'Pleniflora'.
The tree is covered in buds so this is going to be quite
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The main event of the month was the daffodils which are still in flower.
Crocuses had some flowers, but were a disappointment and the muscari
were starting to fully flower as the month closed.
Other things continued to grow, and there were a couple of new
appearances yet to be identified.
The first daffodil flower opened on the 13th, and they remained
throughout the rest of the month.
There is a main patch which is doing well, and some isolated ones in
different parts of the garden.
Some mini daffodils with complex double (or treble or more!) flowers
beneath the hazel put up three flowers, which is not many given the
number of plants there.
My own crocuses that I had in a container flowered
well, but the ones in the garden were
a disappointment as there was only three
or four flowers.
First crocus out on the …