The front garden

Today was sunny and calm, the whole week has been pretty dry with some rain over night on a couple of days. Everything that was flowering last week is still flowering. The blackbirds have started eating the Cotoneaster berries, and the pigeons (mainly, but blackbirds too) have started eating the Pyracantha berries.

But I've done the same 6 or so plants so often, that this week I am going to show the front garden which gets a mention for the first time. By splitting this into 6 sections I can meet the requirements of submitting this as my entry to the Six On Saturday meme, it also being a Saturday.

The front garden consists almost entirely of a wide hedge with a small lawn. I've always wanted to remove the hedge and grow a variety of shrubs and plants there as it has some of the best sun especially in …

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Six things this fine day

It has been a lovely mostly sunny week and today was no different. There has been a slight frost, but not enough to kill anything off.

So here are six things in the garden today, for lots more head on over to the The propagator blog to see what is going on in gardens elsewhere.

1. A daffodil peeks above the surface

The first daffodil shoots are appearing already. Seems a bit early, but perhaps they just stay about that size over the winter. Certainly when I moved in this January they were about this size too.

Last year, there was a lot of Montbretia mixed in with the daffodils, I've tried to remove it all, but no doubt some will have survived.

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2. At last - more than two flowers at a time

The Geranium "Rozanne" has been shown before, but it has never had more than one or two …

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First daffodil shoots

Earlier this week I was suprised to see some of the daffodils were starting to grow. I fear I may have stood on some of the shoots when I was planting bulbs last week.

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Sunday planting bulbs

A lovely day, sunny and calm. I went to watch the fireworks at Whitley bay and the moon was reflecting off the water.

Earlier in the day I got the remainder of the bulbs planted including the two new sets of tulips that I bought yesterday. So all in all this years new bulbs are as follows:

  • 10 x Tulips "Cape cod" The petals are red with yellow edges. Look very pretty on the packet.
  • 10 x Tulips "Orange brilliant". These are, well... orange.
  • 10 x Tulips "Triumph mixed". Mixed colours, some two coloured.
  • 20 x Bluebells (Hyacinthoides non scripta). Trying again after last years disappointment. These bulbs were much larger than last years. I also had a packet of 8 or 10 which were much smaller - I took the largest two and threw the rest away from that packet.
  • 20 x Anemone Blanda - mixed colours. These are small hard …
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Into November

After a wet start early on it got out into a lovely sunny day. I went to the beach, then I stopped off at a garden center on the way back and bought a plant and some bulbs as you do. Totally forgot that it now gets dark very early, so rushed around the garden taking these pictures in the fading light.

1 Primula vialii

So this is what I bought today. I got this along with two packets of Tulip bulbs. The first "orange brilliant" and the second "cape cod" which are red and yellow. Apparently this was an interesting choice.

I don't think the Primula would usually flower at this time of year, they said it would die back and then grow again in the spring.

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2 Cyclamen

Since I liked the previous cyclamen that I bought so much I got another one. Was going to be different …

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End of October round up

Strangely there wasn't a lot of change during the month, most of the flowers that were mentioned in the September round up were still in flower at the end of October. The ones we have said goodbye to are the Geum and the Japanese Anemone.


There was one extremely windy day - as you can see it registered two on the plant pot scale.

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The square container has only blown over once before.

Some pictures

Some representative pictures throughout the month.

The main patch of Muscari is growing well.

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Pyracantha berries.

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There are still a few hardy Geraniums flowering. Although this Rozanne has lots of buds, there is still only ever one or two out at a time.

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  • Rudbeckia
  • Geum
  • Salvia "Wendy's wish"
  • Salvia "Hot lips"
  • Salvia "Radio red"
  • Eryngium
  • Geranium
  • Penstemon
  • Verbena


  • Cyclamen magic flame x2. I bought two of these and planted them around the holly …
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Sunday bulb planting

Started planting bulbs early (for me) this year. Last year I just spread them all around the garden as I didn't know how it was going to turn out, and so they ended up in lines rather than in pleasant groups.

This year, knowing where everything is, I have some ideas about where I want the bulbs to be planted. There are going to be groups in various places.

So far I've planted 10 Tulips, some Anemone and Crocuses. This is concentrated on the left border and the patch down the side of the house.

Ten tulips didn't seem to be enough, so I will get some more.

I've still got many more to plant.

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Six things in the garden today

There is finally enough new going on that I'm able to put together a six on Saturday after missing a few weeks. Even still there are repeats...

1 Cyclamen

I bought this recently and planted it somewhat under the Choisya and Holly shrubs. Not sure if it will survive for next year, but I recon that it is in the best place possible that I have for it.

Its already a bit of a favourite. Its a little bit hidden, so it is a joy whenever I notice it.

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2 Rosemary beetles

I first saw these on my Salvia Wendy's wish. Today I also saw one on the lavender as I was trimming back some of the old flower heads. I thought I better check the Rosemary more carefully and indeed there was a few on there as well.

They are too small to really see how colourful they are …

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