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I got very excited a couple of days ago, as I found my bonsai Magnolia had a tiny flower! It might not look like much to anyone else(!) but I have been growing bonsai for many years (including Hawthorn and Cotoneaster) but have never had a flower before. I had thought it was Magnolia ‘stellata’ but now realise it looks nothing like it . . . so that’s another ‘dwarf amnesia’ for the collection, lol. :)

The view from the back gate . . . this used to be a school playing field, and when the boys were younger they played out here a great deal, but the school closed ten years ago, and luckily the Council have decided not to build for a while yet.

I LOVE apple blossom, and it has a faint perfume.

Anthriscus ‘ravenswing’ near the apple tree

Ipomea, Verbena, Petunias, Dahlias and Geraniums being hardened off

All my seedlings waiting for the warmer weather, which is definitely just around the corner :))

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congratulations on the flowering bonsai, I can understand your excitement! The apple blossom is beautiful, and all those seedlings and plants hardening off are full of promise for the summer. All we need now is some decent weather!

18 May, 2013

 

That's very generous of you Louisa - yes, we'll surely get some summer weather soon. Our open-air swimming pool opens next week, so it MUST be summer!

18 May, 2013

 

Some lovely plants there Sheila, all queuing to be planted out, think I have given up, I am going to plant more grasses in the hope that they will just grow and be showie!!

18 May, 2013

 

Wonderful to see the Magnolia flower, Sheila ..
.. and now you have Dwarf Amnesia too ... Lol.
I hope you're patenting all these varieties ;o)

Your seedlings look neat ...
I hope there's no building allowed on the school playing field...
You have a lovely garden ...

18 May, 2013

 

What a lovely blog...isn't that meadow field just wonderful? You are really clever with the bonsai Sheila..that one is a cracking shape!

18 May, 2013

 

the others have said it all - congratulations on the bonsai flowering!

18 May, 2013

 

Many thanks Grandmage, Terra, Karen and Stera :))

18 May, 2013

 

cant blame you for being excited about your bonsai flowers sheila, love the field and how its gone wild meadow look, lets hope it stays that way for many years, we are sick of buildings going up near our village and in it to :( taking all the green belt up.
you have some nice new plants there doing well, so lets hope we get some sun soon sheila to get planting :o)

18 May, 2013

 

Thank you San. I'm sorry your area is being built on. We did feel fortunate - and delighted of course - when the Council decided that the field would be best kept 'for recreational use' and said that it would not be built on for another ten years. That'll do for us, lol!

18 May, 2013

 

Great to see plants nearly ready for the big outdoors and how lovely they all look.
We have waited a long time for this and I think we all appreciate it all the more because of this!

19 May, 2013

 

Thank you Chris. We have indeed had a long wait, and today was actually WARM and SUNNY, so plenty of pottering and then sitting in the garden with the crossword and a cuppa . . . bliss!

19 May, 2013

 

What a delight your bonsai is it would be great to see pics when the blossom opens. I can imagine how pleased you felt when your Council made the choice of not using it for building purposes, we have what was once allotments and then a childrens park directly leading on to our back garden and when the swings etc became obsolete we were so relieved when our Council decided to let it go back to meadow and keep it as a recreational area .
Just hope the weather is kind to you so those healthy looking plants can go where they belong.

21 May, 2013

 

Thanks Phyl . . . believe it or not, that blob in the middle of the pic IS a flower! And not Magnolia at all: Karensusan has very obligingly told me that it is Euonymus! Not to worry - I'm happy with anything that gives me a flowering bonsai :)

22 May, 2013

 

I should have gone to S savers Shiela, Bless Karensusan I would never have guessed Euonymus, but if your happy - then alls right with the world.

22 May, 2013

 

:)))

22 May, 2013

 

Was very interested to read about your Bonsai, we have one a Abies Koreana which we hope one day will have the blue cones, it is over 20 years old now, do you trim the roots every year of yours?

22 May, 2013

 

I trim the roots of most of my bonsai, most years, but it's probably not essential. The Copper Beech is very difficult to get out because of the inward curve of the bowl, so that often misses a year. And I leave the tiny ones for the first year or three!

Do you have a pic of your Abies Angela??

23 May, 2013

 

Will put one on Sheila, when the rain stops!!

28 May, 2013

 

OK . . . that'll be Friday then, lol. I'll look forward to it!

28 May, 2013

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