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At Last...A Happy Spring Blog!

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I’m not going to tell you it is warm here, it’s cool. But it’s not raining, and there’s no howling gale. I think today is going to be the best day this week. So I did go out and get loads of jobs done including spraying the fruit trees, Roses and Heucheras against fungus. This is the planting under the biggest Apple Tree.

I fed the lawn with four-in-one and now it’s being watered in as there’s no rain in the forecast for the next couple of days…just grey cloud.

I had to remove two Camellias from the ground as they were yellowing. So they went in to pots with new Ericaceous compost and a good drink of seaweed with Sequestrate of Iron. No pics. as they look pretty poor. :(

The Tulips on the patio are doing well though…

The pond is settling in…although I am still waiting for the grass seed to germinate on the turf seats, and I’ve had to put canes there to stop the dogs tearing over the bare soil and seed.

I hoed the Golden Border and brought it back to life a little by removing all of the Euphorbia Oblongata which had already outgrown it’s place. They are now under the hedge where they can romp away. The soil in there is so heavy. Need to add grit…urgently! So much Moss and algae. :(

I wish I could find a name for this lovely little Narcissus. I have several clumps of it and it’s so lovely. I did label it in the autumn, but the tags are indecipherable now with the weather. Permanent ink? I think not!

There are a couple of new additions to the pod garden, just under the door.

I trimmed my Golden Cypress tree as well and it looks a lot better for the haircut. Oh, and pricked out and planted a few more Beetroot seedlings, and scrubbed all the House Sparrow poo off the BBQ cover. Oh, and OH found a blackbird’s nest up the side of the garage. Hope he didn’t scare the Mother away.

It’s getting breezy again now out there, so I’ve come inside to warm up. But what a great day! :)

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It all looks great, love that narcissi, no idea on name though - sorry.

13 May, 2015

 

I found it Mum. Its Pipit. :)

13 May, 2015

 

It all looks so neat Karen. We have had a lot of rain too. I am out working at every dry spell.

13 May, 2015

 

Thats like me Linda. cardiocrinum is getting HUGE! I am so excited!

13 May, 2015

 

I especially like your "Golden Border" but the whole property is breathtaking. I love the countryside setting...looks so peaceful. (no busybody neighbors!)

13 May, 2015

 

What are the beautiful tulips in picture no.4? Can your remember their name? Absolutely love 'm!! Will have to get some for next year. Garden looking lovely. :)

13 May, 2015

 

Oh, thats kind of you Bathgate. I am so pleased with all that we have achieved in 18 months in this garden. The golden Border just needs a few years to grow now. I suppose a few changes are inevitable, but I find Yellow such an uplifting colour. It does me good to look at that border. I'm sure it has healing properties! :)) and yes, we both LOVE living here so much. :))

13 May, 2015

 

Hi Karen, yur garden is looking fantastic, Derek.

13 May, 2015

 

Hi Amsterdam. They are Prinses Irene. I also have the double form, Orange Princess, which is even lovelier!

13 May, 2015

 

Thanks Derek! :)

13 May, 2015

 

It's going to be fantastic!

13 May, 2015

 

:) thanks!

13 May, 2015

 

Thanks Cottagekaren. They're on my wish list for the autumn!

13 May, 2015

 

Pipit's gone onto mine - isn't it pretty? Its all looking lovely Karen - such a relief after all your bad weather too.

13 May, 2015

 

Happy that you and your lovely garden are enjoying some brighter weather.

14 May, 2015

 

Thank you both. We are back to cold and grey today, but Spring was nice! ;)

14 May, 2015

 

Wow Karen you have been busy - I know what you mean about permanent ink !! I have had that trouble - finding blank labels in the pots ! I have invested in a labelling machine - it is good - your garden looks really fantastic - looking at the forecast you are in for a sunny day so enjoy - Jane

14 May, 2015

 

hmmmm...i hope you're right Jane. It looks most unpromising at the moment. I've just been up to the Greenhouse and watered and made sure all the vents are shut tight..brrr! Thanks for looking in at my blog!

14 May, 2015

 

Wow what a hard working day you had,K.......the golden border looks very attractive.I'm sure you look at the original photos when you first moved in and just can't believe the transformation.

14 May, 2015

 

We had a lovely day yesterday, too, Karen but it was very hot as well.But, what a contrast to today!! Cold and wet, so no work for me.Put my customers off till tomorrow as nothing scheduled for Fridays! Looks nice again tomorrow.
Your garden is great.
I love all the stones around the pond!

14 May, 2015

 

It looks beautiful, Karen, and a testament to all your hard work. I love the planting under the apple tree.

14 May, 2015

 

Thanks Julia, Paul and Melchi. We both worked hard yesterday, and now OH is having an unexpected day off work as he speared his left hand on a large Hawthorn and now it's very painful and swollen, which makes his job impossible. We didn't sleep very well at all because of this, and now he's on antibiotics and had to have a tetanus injection! The things that happen in a garden eh? :))

14 May, 2015

 

That sounds very unpleasant. I hope his hand is better soon.

14 May, 2015

 

Sorry to read OH has spiked his hand, very nasty, gardening can be a dangerous hobby!
It is all looking wonderful, you have both worked so hard in such a short space of time, and it shows in the results....Pipit has been flowering in our garden for ages I love it, a very welcome sight in the Spring planted with the Hawthorns and the lavenders..
We had a beautiful day yesterday, a couple of keen gardeners booked a private visit, they were here for over two hours, good job they didn't book today, its flipping cold and very wet! peculiar weather to say the least!

14 May, 2015

 

Karen,Your garden is beautiful.What is the name of the litttle red succulent .I have started a little rock garden and love that one and where did you get it.

14 May, 2015

 

Well..what a difference a day makes Karen ! I'm not used to seeing you down in the dumps !
Your garden looks fabulous ! You would think you had been there for years !

14 May, 2015

 

Gerardine... Thats a sempervivum called 'Rubin'. I found it at my favourite nursery in Arbroath. Its a stunning colour isn't it? Theres a better pic. on my photos page. Thanks!

14 May, 2015

 

Angela, thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed your garden visit! Cold here again today.

14 May, 2015

 

Thank you Rose. I was just seeing Orange Berberis in flower today and remembered hauling mine out last year after it flowered. And that was when I started building the golden border! Less than a year ago...and now its totally different! All those rocks we hauled out from the old rockery, and all the turf I lifted to reshape and extend that border....no wonder I feel tired! But i am so pleased with our achievements..all of them. Its been a real transformation. In spite of the fact that we've kept all the major features like the hillocks, the patio border and the raised beds with logs edging. Yours is the same of course! Totally transformed and made into something that represents your style and personality. Didn't WE do well? Lol!

14 May, 2015

 

We shall give ourselves a pat on the back Karen ! lol
Mine is on a much smaller scale so did not have to work quite as hard as you !

15 May, 2015

 

awesome! I was going to say you wre so lucky, but that garden didn't come about by luck, there was an awful lot of hard work in it.

love the pond. occurred to me that if you put something in the middle it'd look exactly like an eye, lookingg back at you ...

15 May, 2015

 

You're right Fran, it would! Thank you. Its work to some people, to me its fun. :)

15 May, 2015

 

that's the best kind of work, lol. and standing back and seeing what you've achieved is a joy, the reward for the work.

I love the new border with the plants filling up the spaces between the rocks - how long do you reckon till there's no soil to be seen at all?

15 May, 2015

 

As soon as I can manage it Fran! Its a big space and needs improvement in the drainage. I hate seeing bare soil!

15 May, 2015

 

It is all looking fab Karen and love the new pond, we did think about putting a pond in but decided the oak trees would be a problem with leaves in the Autumn. I may have to make do with a pod in a pot up by the house. Hope you get some frogs to help keep the slugs at bay:-)

15 May, 2015

 

Thanks Teds. The pond has been created almost entirely for Frogs, so I hope they find it soon! :)

15 May, 2015

 

We have loads of frogs and don't even have a pond. Damp places seem good enough, though there must be a pond nearby. I found a frog in the tank of my water feature, one of those where the water cascades from pot to pot. I was groping around, suspecting that leaves were clogging up the water flow. I don't know who got the greater surprise - me or the frog!

15 May, 2015

 

Lol! Yes, they only need damp hiding places. We had a couple in the garden last year, but they seemed to be roaming. Looking for a pond. So i made one for them!

15 May, 2015

 

Your garden is looking wonderful Karen a credit to all the hard work you put in, and the surrounding area offsets it beautifully ;0)

17 May, 2015

 

Thank you Carole..not seen you for a little while. Hope you are well. X

17 May, 2015

 

Yes Im fine Karen, been busy in the garden potting on seedling, looks like a nursery in my Utility Room, will be glad when it warms up a bit and I can get them all outside;0)

18 May, 2015

 

Oh, I know what you mean Carole. Its so cold! I've put my scented pelargoniums on the patio today. I dont have room for everything in the greenhouse. They will have to tough it out now. Surely it will warm up a bit soon! The sun is so warm....but the wind....horrible. Bright sunshine today and heavy showers. Just like April! If I could convince myself that it actually is mid April I'd feel a lot happier!

18 May, 2015

 

We have just spent four very wet days in Paisley with daughter, s-i-l and grandson. We 've had a lovely time, but my goodness it's been cold! Sun's out today, but we're going home 😕

19 May, 2015

 

I should think you'll be glad to get home. See, now you can confirm..its been winter cold here all month! Very annoying!

19 May, 2015

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