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What to do on a cold, wet and windy January day?

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Plant a thousand snowdrops in the green!

The snowdrops arrived after dark yesterday…I was so excited I couldn’t keep my camera still!

Inside their secure wrapping, they looked very healthy and had plenty of root.

So, since I’d spent £63 on them (Ebay), I thought I’d better get them in the ground quick before they dried out any more. Even though today is really horrible outdoors.

On went the waterproofs, the hat, the gloves and the welly boots, and aided by my assistant (who cut back some of the hedge for me to allow me to plant under it), we got the lot in the ground, all watered in and finished by 11.30am.

I had intended to plant most of them under the hedge, but there are more bulbs appearing under there now, and I intend to scatter wildflower seed under there as well, so I planted most of them under the trees.

And it always feels like such a huge achievement when you do it in the worst weather!

And this plant always makes even the worst days look more cheerful….

Coronilla valentina subsp. glauca ‘Citrina’

Oh, this is a little horse that Rachel made! I thought you’d like it! :)

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only a woman would plant hundreds of bulbs in the way of the man mowing the lawn,HONESTLY:):):)

29 Jan, 2014

 

WHOOP,S it,s working now

29 Jan, 2014

 

That's great Karen, I would have done the same, well done you. Yesterday I tidied the front garden and swept the yard whilst it was drizzling away...I just wanted to be out there. I have been very restless this winter. Lots is going on in the garden too. I noticed one of my hostas peeking through. :)))

29 Jan, 2014

 

You aren't letting the grass grow (literally) under your feet, are you, Karen? Lol.
Horse?
I thought it was a cow with a mullet. ;-)
Just kidding, Rachel.

29 Jan, 2014

 

I too go out in the garden Karen when it is cold and wet. Not to plant snowdrops, but barbecuing. The barbecue under cover and me under the sky.
As far as gardening is concerned I always start on the first week of March with the pruning of my roses.
Look forward to seeing your snowdrops.

29 Jan, 2014

 

Well done Karen ...
and nice to see Coronilla looking so happy :o)

29 Jan, 2014

 

Snoopy! lol! Since you've baited me, I might go and put some daffodils....perhaps even some species tulips in there...now that really would get in the way. Oh, but since it is ME that cuts the grass.....;)

Thanks Michaella....you and me both eh? I was at the Castle yesterday and really, from the look of the borders...it is early March up there. Everything is starting to grow. I hope we don't get a load of ice and snow in the spring like last year......but there's nothing we can do...it's the name of the game isn't it.

Mouldy! I'd better not tell her...it was her first attempt! It's sitting in my downstairs loo looking very pretty with all the blue things.

Kokki....that's a great idea. We could do with an awning or plastic roof to put our BBQ underneath as well. Hmm...I'll give it some thought now you've inspired me! I've still one apple tree to prune, and the inside of the hedge needs a good cut all the way around with a hedge trimmer, but that's about all the winter jobs. Everything else could wait until spring, but you know me, if it's not snowing or chucking it down, I usually go out and do something.

29 Jan, 2014

 

☆★☆WELL DONE☆★☆

brave soul , they'll look lovely for years
we have primroses that seed themselves in the lawn and regularly get mown in the season with no ill effects, and they look so pretty

as does the horse xxx

I like his laid back floppy back of the sofa look,
the jean greenhowe knitting patterns for toys use plastic drinking straws for "scaffolding", sometimes wrapping knitting wool tightly around so it can be sewn in place,......

29 Jan, 2014

 

Thanks Pam. This called a 'floppy' or something like that..it is designed to look like it needs scaffolding! Lol! I hate sewing myself. I try to help her but I am not good at thinking in 3D. That's why I prefer to knit...but I would come unstuck with knitted toys because they have that 3D element again. I tend to stick to clothes and blankets...much less brain strain!

Thanks Terra! :))

29 Jan, 2014

 

Well Karen we did with waterproofs walk around the loch although flooded we were diverted a longer route back.

So much water the dean was over flowing hence diversion.

Then we had lunch in the Strathmore.

Then up to the Castle we did go.

So much going on and needing dry weather to do it.

Happy to say all my fuchsias survived and even so in flower.

All the orchids are in bud .

And we had our cup of tea in the nice new bothy.

My you were busy and going to look nice.

29 Jan, 2014

 

It is going to look stunning Karen..and they will probably have died down.by the time you can get to cut the lawn..you certainly take the bull by the horns,don't you? to be out on such a miserable day..but so satisfying to know it's all done ..:o)

29 Jan, 2014

 

Kath...aren't those orchids amazing? Can't wait to see the flowers! I noticed the fuchsia in flower as well...knew you'd be pleased. Glad you had a good time. It's a similar day to when we walked the loch and I got absolutely soaked!

29 Jan, 2014

 

Thank you Bloomer :))

29 Jan, 2014

 

Hi Karen, not much I can add to the above, except to say that I hope you counted them, and you weren't cheated, lol, Derek.

29 Jan, 2014

 

Well done you ! I think I must be getting soft as all I have done today is gone to my art class and read my book !

29 Jan, 2014

 

Yes but when we did it Molly never jumped up on me like the dogs today than ran towards me.

Waterproofs in machine as all covered in mud.

Yes so glad I had a part with the Orchids.

And yes pleased with the fuchsias but they are now ready to take more cuttings.

But all looking good and that Bothy is stunning.

29 Jan, 2014

 

Well they'd need an ark if we tried planting them around here at the moment as the waterlevel is so high, its a wellington job just to go down the garden to replenish the birdfeeders, your garden is going to look so pretty in years to come Karen, do you have Aconites as well, I always think they look good when planted en-masse and such a cheerful flower...

29 Jan, 2014

 

No aconites yet Lincslass, but I'll be buying some in the autumn. I decided to go for 'in the green' snowdrops as I've had very little success with bulbs in the past. Thank you!

Sorry to hear that Kath. I hope you weren't frightened. Yes, the bothy is great isn't it. An ideal spot for tea, and lunch! :)

29 Jan, 2014

 

Thank you Rose...sounds like you had a nice day! It's so horrid outdoors!

Thanks Derek, I didn't, but I think I did ok! :))

29 Jan, 2014

 

No not frightened just a soggy muddy mess.

Yes perfect for our cuppies.

We joked that Letty should paint a garden mural on the wall.

29 Jan, 2014

 

Great idea! :))

29 Jan, 2014

 

A job well done Karen. I was lucky to be given a load of Snowdrops in the green last year. The area they were growing was to be concreted over. They've all reappeared. I hope yours are just as successful.

29 Jan, 2014

 

Great Karen! I love being out in waterproofs, busy in the garden, then you see what's emerging and what you'd forgotten about......I've moved irises and split a huge achillea and Rose that was always hidden by the early flowering cherry tree.....it's such a pretty one too like a golden globe, maybe is Jude the Obscure, not sure. Also planted a small Garrya elliptica, and new mini Pampas grass. I bet you were as warm as toast planting all your snowdrops and its a nice sense of achievement battling the elements....:))

29 Jan, 2014

 

Thank you Scottish! Lucky you. Shame about the concrete! There are a lot of bluebell bulbs sitting in buckets at the castle. I can't decide whether or not to half-inch some for under my hedge!

29 Jan, 2014

 

Why not, you'll only regret it if you don't!

29 Jan, 2014

 

Janey, I was warm outside working, but boy, did I feel it when I stopped and came inside! Had to get the fire going fast! It felt really cold here today. Sounds like you had a great day as well though! Did you move the rose to a different place? It sounds lovely. Jude the obscure is a lovely one.

29 Jan, 2014

 

What to do on a cold, wet and windy January day? Order more plants! (but then I'm a soft southerner - with a cold)

29 Jan, 2014

 

Yes to a lighter position, it's by the Nepeta so should look pretty together.....

29 Jan, 2014

 

Not toughies like us northern gals Andrew...aw but then you have a cold.....what a perfect afternoon, dreaming about plants for spring!

29 Jan, 2014

 

That's the trouble to going to a talk in a room full of people - one cold gets passed around :-(

29 Jan, 2014

 

I am exhausted just thinking about you planting all those snowdrops Karen.

29 Jan, 2014

 

Good for you, that would have been me, when I was your age Karen out in all weathers, couldn't keep me in, the snowdrops will look splendid in less than no time, well done, best to buy in bulk.

29 Jan, 2014

 

Poor Andrew....hope you feel better soon.

Janey, that sounds lovely..?Jude and nepeta!

DD...thank you. I shall be out there soon, once the light improves a bit. Going to tackle two nasty hebes....can't do anything in the soil...it's too wet. But I can reach these shrubs from the lawn as they are in the raised bed, so their number is up!

30 Jan, 2014

 

This is the only time of year that I don't mind being at work! We have had some snow flurries today and it has turned very cold. Nice to see that you have been able to get outside though Karen. Next time remember that we are all dying to see your new garden so take more photos whatever the weather! I also like to nosey at interiors ;O)x

30 Jan, 2014

 

Sleety rainy snow flurries here, very grey and a cold easterly wind
so made soup out of a sweet potato some carrots and a bit of butternut squash.......
oh and rock cakes that looked eroded but tasted nice :0)

30 Jan, 2014

 

Annie, I'll send you some photos in an email of the interior....when its tidy! :)) I've taken a few pics today and will be putting them up soon. :)) It's not been too bad here today, a few hail showers, but only very small hail, and no rain to speak of. Not too windy either. I got loads of work done! :))

Eroded rock cakes Pam? lol! At least they weren't a landslide! Good for you. I just can't get in the mood for making soup at the moment. Went and bought some tins this week, which I can't stand, but the rest of the family have no taste whatsoever, so they're happy!

30 Jan, 2014

 

One thousand bulbs? Thank goodness you had an assistant with you! Well done, Karen, they are going to look wonderful in your new garden. :o)

30 Jan, 2014

 

assistant refused to help with planting Shirley....you just can't get the staff nowadays!

30 Jan, 2014

 

LOL Karen ... at least he cut some of the hedge for you ... it's a start until you get him trained properly!

30 Jan, 2014

 

Been trying for 27 years, but he's like a Jack Russel...stubborn, and never gives up!

30 Jan, 2014

 

Hmm ... I know a man like that!

30 Jan, 2014

 

Lol, don't we all?! ;))

30 Jan, 2014

 

Ahem

30 Jan, 2014

 

hello Andrew, are you feeling stubborn and persistent this evening. ;)

30 Jan, 2014

 

Can't believe you planted 1000 snowdrops Karen! Wow! Your new garden will be spectacular next Spring that's for sure!
It must have been hard leaving your other garden behind, but you seem so excited to take on this new challenge..
Looking forward to following your progress my friend. \0/xxx

30 Jan, 2014

 

Thanks very much Flori. They look lovely :))

30 Jan, 2014

 

They say it is better to buy Snowdrops in the green don't they, as they don't always do well from bulbs.. It is something I must add to my garden too..\0/xxx

30 Jan, 2014

 

Snowdrops are so pretty and yours will love their new home I am certain!

1 Feb, 2014

 

Thanks ladies! I am pleased to report that all the snowdrops have picked up beautifully, and are now standing proud and looking healthy!

1 Feb, 2014

 

Wonderful Karen it's going to be stunning.

Just love snowdrops

2 Feb, 2014

 

:) me too! Thanks Kath x

2 Feb, 2014

 

Should look fantastic next winter Karen. I am pleased with my one little clump this winter. The foxes kept digging them up. Very brave of you to plant all of them in one go too.....job well done, and I bet you felt pleased with yourself.

5 Feb, 2014

 

I did Dorjac. I felt I'd achieved something that day! Since then I've done the Heuchera corner, and yesterday I planted a tree. I am trying my best to do a bit at a time whenever I can! but it is such an effort to go out on these windy days. Thankfully, the bits I need to work in are raised up,so the soil is workable. At least I'm not causing damage to the soil.

5 Feb, 2014

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