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The sun is shining and the birds are singing – a short while back this afternoon we had hailstones and then rain so a bit of a mixed bag really

The garden changes daily – new colours creep in and the garden takes on a new look – I have managed to tidy up the borders and pull weeds before they take hold and of course also to take a few pictures

This little plant was bought last year from a garden nurseries in Portmeirion Wales -I have lost the label I am not sure – does anyone know ? I have looked in my RHS Encyclopaedia – I think it begins with a C – it is like a larger version of the wild celandine

A welcome friend a bright blue Delphinium – I have surrounded it with woolly slug protection and a tomato support to deter the dogs -so I am hoping for a result

This Saxifraga is in its first year in this pot and is flowering well

Sweetpeas are doing ok – this year I decided to favour spring sown seeds rather than autumn – I have some more pots on the bench that were set a bit later – they are through so should be ok

A favourite lantern with the pine tree and japonica in the background

Primula Allioni Hybrid – from BJS – ready to flower – I think maybe tomorrow – if so I will post a pic

The miniature iris have done really well this year do I must include a shot

Dads violets – memories

Hellebores still doing well they have eally matured this year

Work in progress – and what a mess – but .. well no excuses!!

and finally my helper in the garden – have a good week – Jane

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love the doggy.rub his nice cold nose for me

24 Mar, 2015


Yes Snoopdog she does have a very cold nose

24 Mar, 2015


The Hellebores in my garden are putting on a good show as well Jane, I love them all, sorry no idea what the yellow plant is called but its very pretty, your g'house looks very busy and all healthy for you which is always a relief when we reach this time of the year, nothing worse than losing ones precious plants, its been a lovely day here, not as warm as Sunday but comfortable to work outside, it clouded over for a while about 3-30pm and hubby told me it was pouring on the opposite side of town , he was most surprised to arrive home and see we'd had no rain at all, lol......
Its nice to have company in the garden isn't it, she looks a lovely lady.....

24 Mar, 2015


Lovely blog JAne! Your seedlings are way ahead of mine. I'm trying delphiniums from seed, but they haven't germinated quite yet. They might take a year to build up their strength. Looking forward to seeing your primula in flower!

24 Mar, 2015


It's nice to see all your plants.
I tend to sew seeds in the spring too, rather than in the autumn.

There's a lot going on in that polytunnel. It's exactly as it should look :o)

Your helper looks enthusiastic :o) It's nice to have company in the garden ...

24 Mar, 2015


Your little Saxifrage is pretty, and i love the irises. I kept mine for the first time this year by digging them up and keeping them dry all summer - never managed to keep any before.
I hunted around for your celandine but couldn't find anything except Brazen Hussy and it isn't that. Its clearly a ranunculus. I hope it doesn't behave like ficaria though and spread everywhere!

24 Mar, 2015


Thankyou all for your comments - Lincslass the weather here today is sunny probably hail this afternoon!!

Cottagekaren - the primula is not out yet - I will post a pic when it flowers - I do not have a very good track record with delphiniums - hence the wool pellets to scare off the slugs

Hywel Bluey is very good company except she puts her ball in difficult places and then expects me to retrieve it !!

Steragram it was a similar thing for me with the iris - every year I bought new ones because they never flowered again for me but I realise now that they need to be naturalised or dug up so I have done a little better with them this year - I don't think the plant is a ranunculus it is the wrong type of leaf - I have just been out in the garden looking for the label but it is nowhere to be seen !!

25 Mar, 2015


I see what you mean - but looking through a couple of pages of wild ranunculus there seems to be a lot of variation in leaf shape and these leaves look very like the Ranunculus ficaria in Cassell's flora. Do the flowers have 8 petals?

I have just been out into the garden (in the dark and the rain!) and the leaves of the many wild ones there are just like the ones in your photo only of course much smaller.

25 Mar, 2015

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