Corkscrew hazel catkins open out fully

Posted Mon 13 March 2017 in garden

Remember how I thought that the catkins on the hazel did not look much like ones that you typically see in photos? Well that is because they were not fully developed, a couple of days ago I noticed that some of them had opened out and become opened out hanging down and blowing freely in the wind.

In the photo not only can you see the catkin, you can also see the tiny pink flower.

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Planting snowdrops

Posted Thu 09 March 2017 in garden

One thing that I want to have but doesn't appear to be in the garden is some snowdrops. So I bought a little pot of them and planted them.

They don't like to dry out and there is no chance of that here. There was water at the bottom of the hole that I dug for them. I hope of course that it is not too wet for them. Perhaps there is none already because they just don't survive.

I planted them admittedly on the "wet side" (although there is not too much difference on the borders) but they do get some sun there.

Here they are in their pot.

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And here they are planted.

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Purple loosestrife

Posted Sun 05 March 2017 in garden

I bought a purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria 'Robert') from Cowell's garden centre. These are rather lovely plants that attract lots of bees and I am hoping that they will do well in the very moist conditions in the garden.

Here it is in its pot.

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I eventually decided to plant it between the cordyline and the second pheasant berry bush. Yes, there is not much to see at the moment.

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I can only recall ever seeing one of these in the wild, which when I lived in Carshalton. I took a couple of pictures at the time (2012).

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Hazel flowers

Posted Sat 04 March 2017 in garden

I received this newsletter showing the bright pink of a hazel flower. Seeing it I realised that this was exactly what I saw and took a picture of earlier.

Here is a more recent clearer picture.

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First crocus flowers

Posted Thu 02 March 2017 in garden

The first crocus flowers have appeared. The yellow one is in the trough container that I brought with me. The blue/purple one is one of the ones that was already in the garden.

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February roundup

Posted Tue 28 February 2017 in garden

This is a roundup of what happened in the garden during February. Don't forget I have just moved in and am seeing the plants grow for the first time, having to guess at what plants are from last years dead foliage and the new shoots.


There was about two whole weeks of dry weather during the month. The lawn almost dried out! Well not really - the center and right part was still quite soggy. Then it rained for a whole day and everything was saturated again.


Daffodils have flower buds but they have not opened yet.

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There are montbretia sprouting everywhere, with leaves up to a couple of inches.

Of the bulbs that I planted, several tulips are coming up, and there are a couple of either bluebells or muscari. The photo shows one and a tulip.

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The crocuses were not out, one is about to flower …

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A periwinkle flower!

Posted Thu 23 February 2017 in garden

Well this is surprising, I'd never even heard of the Periwinkle (as a plant, rather than a sea snail) and now I have a flower that looks very much like a periwinkle flower. But it is not on the plant in the recent article Maybe Periwinkle? .

Anyway first here is the flower. It is quite small no more than a centimeter across. It is the only one on the plant and there are no obvious other buds either.

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So this is another spreading plant with much smaller leaves that are variegated light green and white. It is by the side of the house at the bottom of the picture below.

It is also spreading by rooting wherever it touches the soil. This one looks easier to keep under control, but only because it is more accessible and not mixed up in any other plants. Since the photo was taken …

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First of my own bulbs

Posted Mon 20 February 2017 in garden

I bought some bags of bulbs cheap at the beginning of January and planted them. I've been waiting for some to show. As it turns out there were many bulbs already planted in places where I planted my own, which makes it difficult to tell what is what.

The ones I planted are English Bluebells, Muscari and Tulips. I also planted a single Allium.

There are now a few shoots that I am reasonable certain are from the batches I planted.

The first look like it might be a tulip, although it may be a bit early to tell.


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This is the Allium. Not a very good picture of it. I partially excavated it to check up on it as I had forgotten exactly where I planted it.


Both Muscariand Bluebells look a bit like this, I am going …

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