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Around the garden in the middle of April.

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T and I decided we had better set to and clear out and clean the greenhouse. It took ages to empty it and I wish I’d taken a photo of all the stuff we had in there. All the old plant pots and trays I hardly ever used filled 6 sacks… T jet washed inside and out then repaired some of the shelving while I sorted through the pots and trays, keeping only the really good ones and washing them in Jeyes fluid. The only things we put back in the greenhouse were really necessary. I insisted on having nothing in there that should go in the shed (it was turning into a second shed..) it smells lovely and clean and looks great now. It took us all day to do it but it was definitely worth doing.

This is just a fraction of the stuff I’ve thrown out..

Tomorrow we are going to carry the fresh compost up to fill the border in there so it’s ready for the cucumbers and melons I’m growing at the moment in the conservatory. I haven’t set tomato seed this year as a friend has better success with them and we will do a plant swap later on. I bought a pack of Petunia Lavender Vein last Monday for a pound. They were on the reduced shelf. They were just very dry and the lowest leaves were shrivelling. I thought it was worth getting them and after a good soak they’ve picked up and are looking quite well. I’ve potted them on today.


After dinner I took a walk round the garden and took some photos of new things that are showing. Starting from the front of the house I noticed the quince was starting into flower. I only planted it there last year so it’s doing quite well.


The grape Hyacinths take over the edge of the top border at this time of year and the Elephants ears (Bergenia) have pretty flowers but the leaves always look moth eaten..


I don’t know what’s happened to the daffs that were in here as only a couple came up this year but this Viburnum always does a grand job of flowering. The blackbird agrees. 😊


Up onto the back garden I am thrilled that this Clematis Macropetala var Macropetala is opening its flowers. The camera doesn’t show how blue they are.

The pond is looking quite good now with the Aponogeton and the Caltha in flower. It smells lovely around the pond too.

The Bachelor’ss buttons (Kerria) andthe Forsythiaa are adding more yellow to the garden with all the Daffodils.

I’m finding more and more different kinds of daffs every week. They are mostly multi headed white ones now. I have been amazed at all the Daffodils that have come up from a mixed bag we bought last year. I’ve never had such a mass of different ones. The larger yellow daffs are going over now but the white and yellow ones are going strong.



This is a gorgeous, very small one..


The tulips are colouring up steadily too. I don’t have many in my garden as I find the large leaves a nuisance having to leave them for weeks before I can cut them off. Planters would suit me better I think as I do like to see them in flower. That will be the plan then for this autumn.


The primula are picking up now too and some are quite beautiful to my eyes.

These Pansies are picking up again too.

Further up the garden the first Dicentra is flowering and the wall of blue is back. :o)

Theres a lovely daff popped up in a pot of Iris,

and a tulip in the shrubbery.

The flowers on the Ribes are lovely close up.

The Keria add some much needed colour up here at this time of year in this side of the top garden,

and this kniphofia is really early for my garden.

I love the bright colour of this quince..

Plants and shrubs have responded quickly to the occasional warm days. (just like me..I feel as if my energy has returned at last)


The Iris are showing their colours already..


Aren’t we having a lovely spring. It’s been so warm in the sunshine today. It really does make you feel 100% better..

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lovely :)

18 Apr, 2015

 

Wonderful blog Homebird. I enjoyed looking at these pictures of your lovely garden. Looks like the spring is in full bloom.

19 Apr, 2015

 

Lovely. I bet you felt very good after you finished doing the greenhouse. Good to insist that nothing should go back in there that should be in the shed, they can get to be dumping grounds! Love the wall of Aubretia & the lovely Clematis. Couldn't agree more about the tulip leaves, they seem to take ages before they can be cut off. Think next year I'll get some nice bright red ones & put in pots to dot around as my garden is very blue & yellow in spring. Thanks for your garden tour.

19 Apr, 2015

 

Thanks Paul and Klahanie. I don't know which muscle I can feel more after digging the veg patch and sowing carrot, peas and beetroot seeds yesterday. 😉

19 Apr, 2015

 

Thanks Feverfew, it's a shame not to have some tulips in the garden and your idea of potting them up and dotting them around the borders is good. I don't mind the daffy leaves so much. I'd like to buy another bag of them to plant in the flat lawn area next autumn to add a bit more colour around there. The aubretia is a lovely sight when it's in full flower. It's gradually covered the ugly retaining wall.

19 Apr, 2015

 

Shiela your garden is looking fantastic. Are you sure it is your garden and not some Botanic garden some where Lol. When I go out to my garden and look at the few little things I have. Do you put your garden in for completion if so you would come away with first place every time.

19 Apr, 2015

 

Haven't you got a lot in flower HB.? It all looks lovely. Well done on the clear out of the Greenhouse. I wish I had one as big as yours. I think your Aubretia looks amazing.

19 Apr, 2015

 

Your garden looks great! I am amazed at how much further along your plants are - Iris, Red Hot Poker and the Dicentra. The Aubretia is amazing and just as it should be displayed - a stunning tiny flower that really knocks you in the eye and stops you in your tracks. I would love a bank of this, but we have peacocks who adore Aubretia and eat it as fast as it appears. I have put some over the back of the pond hoping it will get a foothold before they notice it is there! Your clearout may have taken ages, but no doubt you have forestalled a lot of problems later, from mouse nests to harbouring plant pests, so well done!

19 Apr, 2015

 

Lol Johnjoe. First prize for well fed weeds.....but Thankyou very much.
Thankyou Waddy. We dismantled T's dads and joined it to ours when he didn't want it anymore. It made a big diference. T dug back into the top garden to make room for it at the back and raised them both onto a 2 breeze block high wall to give me more height for my plants.

19 Apr, 2015

 

Beautiful x :o)

19 Apr, 2015

 

Doesn't it look lovely, Hb? I love daffs, and tulips. I try to plant more each Autumn. I find the fancy tulips don't survive very well, but the bog standard old faithfuls come up year after year.

What a fantastic job on the greenhouse! I am quite envious. I threw out a lot of extraneous stuff a couple of months ago, but it's still a bit shed-like. Once the fuchsias and pelargoniums are outside I shall have to have another go.

I love the wall of blue - fantastic!

20 Apr, 2015

 

Thank you Pita and Melchi. All our gardens are giving us a lot of pleasure now aren't they. I would rather have the bog standard tulips too. I didn't think I had many but more are popping up now. I just wish I could cut off the leaves sooner. I had to remind T yesterday that we WILL NOT be putting spades, forks and rakes in the greenhouse. They HAVE to go back in the shed. It's only a dozen paces further up the garden!!!

20 Apr, 2015

 

Yes - this time of year is always a revelation. I see things coming up that I have completely forgotten! I am delighted to see new shoots on a couple of hardy fuchsias new last year. I wasn't sure about them. I have had a slow start in the garden this year, and I am pinching myself when I realise that we are just days away from May! Only a few weeks until it's time to think about summer bedding for containers...

20 Apr, 2015

 

Thankyou Honeysuckle I missed your comment, sorry. Aren't peacocks beautiful birds, but seem quite noisy though. I visited a tropical butterfly and animal centre today with my youngest grandson and the peacocks and hens were really loud. Samuel put his hands over his ears..lol. Pity they find certain plants irrisistable. I started with a small pot of Aubrieta about 10 years ago and kept layering it across the wall. It's about 90% covered now and I've managed, after several failed attempts, to root some in a pot to transfer to another wall.
Melchi, I'm glad your Fuchsia have survived over winter. I think I may have lost one of the standards I grew last year. There aren't any signs of new growth. Yes, the weeks seem to be flying by for me too. How on earth did I hold down a full time job and keep on top of the garden when I should have all the time in the world to do it now...but seem to be on the back foot lately. Lol

21 Apr, 2015

 

I don't know how I missed this,Sheila...what a beautiful display of colour.,and your Aubretia is wonderful..I bet you feel really chuffed,now you have had a good clear out..I had one last week,in my half of the shed :o) and felt .a great sense of relief..Why on earth do we keep all that stuff that is almost never needed..?
What a great bargain with those lovely Daffs too..:o)

21 Apr, 2015

 

I've never managed to keep a standard through the winter, Hb, I don't know why. Some of my over-wintered fuchsias are showing signs of regrowth, and some are still all brown woody stems, although a couple are definitely green inside the stem. I am keeping my fingers crossed!

22 Apr, 2015

 

Missed this one, you have some very early flowering plants, Iris, Red Hot Poker, and Dicentra, yet your Quince is just coming out!! whereas our Quince is finished, most of the Primula in the garden is over because of the heat!
Well done on clearing out the GH, what a job! so rewarding though....great blog.

22 Apr, 2015

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