Posted Sun 09 April 2017 in garden

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.

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Tulips in the trough

Posted Mon 03 April 2017 in garden

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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Sunday in the garden

Posted Sun 02 April 2017 in garden

Last week I got six bags of compost. I have started putting it on top of the soil starting alongside the house. 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 where needed. 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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Lily of the valley bush update

Posted Sun 02 April 2017 in garden

This is an update to the post describing the new red leaves on a varegated bush. I speculated that it could be Pieris japonica 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 flowers!

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Kerria japonica flower

Posted Sun 02 April 2017 in garden

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 a show.

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March round up

Posted Fri 31 March 2017 in garden

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.

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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.

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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 …

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Basil seedlings

Posted Fri 31 March 2017 in house

I've tried growing basil a few times, its never been particularly successful. Here we are at about 11 days, and there are a couple of seedlings up.

Nothing much to distinguish these seedlings, small round leaves.

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