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This week a general tidy up of borders – greenhouse setting seeds etc – seeds set Dill – Nasturium – Stocks – and Brokali Apollo

This is my Witch Hazel – flowering well for its first time – I have wanted one of these shrubs for ages

My projects for this summer – I have two – first one is to get the garden buzzing so to speak – I am trying to introduce more plants to the garden that will encourage the bees and butterflies to visit.

Last year was pretty good with quite a few visitors

- but I need to become more knowledgeable about plants and their needs to ensure best results

First of all to make a start I have ordered a wildflower Gro mat from web site – a newspaper offer. I thought I would give it a try !

My second project is that I have been given a section of the allotment to call my own – by OH – pics to follow I hope! of a well organised plot.

I plan to grow courgettes – mange tout peas – sweetpeas – flowers for cutting and herbs and anything that takes my fancy at the time.

Yesterdays walk took us up the side of the old railway line

Always a ball is a must!

The wild rose was just beginning to shoot

and the Honeysuckle

and a flash of yellow – well I know they can be a bit of a menace in the garden – but the bees like them and this one was on the side of the lane ! The country side is beginning to wake up in Shropshire !

This Winter Jasmine is growing on the top of my fathers shed – what a trooper !

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You are going to have a busy time! But it's all good. Glad you got a witch hazel. They are so pretty and they 'flower' for such a long time.
'A garden is a lot of work' , somebody said to me recently and my daughter chipped in on my behalf, 'Isn't that the whole point?' And she's right. I want to be working in the garden. Never happier.

7 Mar, 2012


Interesting set of pics, Marigold6 ... good luck with your garden projects. Witch Hazel and Winter Jasmine doing well :o)

7 Mar, 2012


Nice set of pics Marigold, I`m lucky enough to have an old railway line and a meadow just down the road so my lads can have a good run and be safe as well.
Good luck with all your gardening plans, will be looking out for more pics...

7 Mar, 2012


Great photos Marigold.
Its good to hear so many people wanting to help the bees & butterflys :-)

7 Mar, 2012


Marigold I so enjoyed your blog.

And as I once said to someone who did hate gardening dont overdo it all in 1 day as then it becomes a chore and not a perfect pleasure.

I never get up.

7 Mar, 2012


I ordered one of those Gro mats too Marigold, so it will be interesting to see how our gardens grow. In the past I've just used packets of wildflower seed.

7 Mar, 2012


Lovely witch hazel and jasmine - bothe very desirable at this time of year

7 Mar, 2012


Good luck with your allotment. I hope you grow lots of nice things :o)
Nice to see your dog enjoying the walk .....

9 Mar, 2012


Loved it all

21 Mar, 2012

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