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Cheer-up time for winter!

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In my greenhouse this year I have some pots of bulbs, grown and kept in there ready for the cold months – they are there partly so that the ‘Jumbo-jet’ pigeons can’t sit on them, as they did last year, and partly as a treasure and pleasure to cheer me up whenever I walk into the greenhouse.

Firstly there’s a pot of Iris reticulata ‘Katharine Hodgkin’. I found the first flower open last week -

And now the whole potful are in bloom. How beautiful!

Last year I tried Iris danfordiae outside – it lasted less than one day – before the big fat bird destroyed it! So I was delighted to find a flower almost open in the greenhouse today – safe, sound and perfect! More to come, as well.

Out shopping for plants for my pots last week, I was spoilt for choice at the Garden Centre when I spotted a table full of glorious Iris reticulata – blue, pale mauve, and Gorgeous George!

I couldn’t resist him. He’s in the greenhouse as well. What a colour!

I haven’t only got pots of bulbs, though – you might remember that I grew Gazanias in the borders last summer. Well – I just couldn’t bear to pull them all up and throw them away, so I put some together in a big pot – and hoped.

Not only have they survived, but today, with the sun on the greenhouse, the flowers opened for me. A real treat.

another…

and another

How cheered up I feel in this cold weather!

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these are smashing spritz. I lovely this pinky one at the end.

29 Jan, 2010

 

what lovely colours they are all lovely

29 Jan, 2010

 

A little tonic in the midst of this gloomy weather, cheers spritz.

29 Jan, 2010

 

They've repaid your care Spritz,love Irises. Dear me, you do have a love/hate relationship with your winged demolition experts :))))

29 Jan, 2010

 

These are really nice I love the purple/blue iris but the yellow one is like a little bit of sunshine.

29 Jan, 2010

 

No, just hate, Aster! LOL. Love is reserved for the little birds that don't damage my plants. At least they don't make pancakes out of Heucheras...

Glad you all enjoyed my greenhouse flowers. :-))

29 Jan, 2010

 

Beautiful Spritz, I love the pale blue iris. :~)) No wonder your so pleased with yourself!

29 Jan, 2010

 

What a real "pick-me-up" treat, Spritz! Those marvellous Iris reticulata blooms - and Gazanias in January!!!!! Thank You!! :-)

29 Jan, 2010

 

Lovely Spritz,it must be a real treat to work in your greenhouses amidst such lovely blooms.I had some lovely Gazania`s last year but it never occurred to me to pot them up for the greenhouse, seeing yours I`m now kicking myself....

29 Jan, 2010

 

befor i mov huse i grow gazania torquay splendens silver or sumthin like that- it weer a reel corker -silver leevs wiht grite orange flowers - - hte iris reticulartas j had planted many yeer ago bout 150 cos i weer given them - strange that wehn i move ose, not one was left -all disapeer overtime - is theer sumthin spritz that keep tham goin yeer after yeer?

30 Jan, 2010

 

Those colours are such a welcome sight at this time Spritz :-))))))

30 Jan, 2010

 

Just beautiful, I had some iris indoors, but they have now finished, I think I'll be keeping them in pots and growing them in the greenhouse next year, they look so much better :))))

30 Jan, 2010

 

Thanks, all -

Ll, I just tried it as an experiment, but I'll do it again as it worked.

Derek, I have a suspicion that they rot in the ground, sadly. I have/had quite a lot in the soil and find that I have to plant more when some don't reappear! I don't think I can blame that on the pigeons, though. :-(((

30 Jan, 2010

 

I tried to keep Gazanias but I put them in my garage. I think they have become too dry. I like your irises. I don't have any this time but I hope to try them again next year.
We have more of that muck covering our countryside this morning. I am feeling angry lol :O

30 Jan, 2010

 

I'm not surprised, Hywel! Please keep it your side of the Bristol Channel....
Sorry your Gazanias didn't survive.

30 Jan, 2010

 

I'm glad to say the snow is clearing. There's hardly any left at all. :o))) So I have none to send you sorry ;o) I'm sure you don't mind lol

30 Jan, 2010

 

Wow spritz love your gazanias... i left mine in a pot in the garden.. wonder if they will come up again....... your iris are beautiful.........

30 Jan, 2010

 

maybe so spritz, but i alway plnt bulb wiht sharp sand or grit- maybe i try more -thnks

hello hywel - why you no like muck? oh yes, hte smell. praps htat is why i no leeve it in farmyard -ofcos if us farmer no put good bak into soil,then crop afte r 12,000yrs of cultivat is so poor htat you never born cos your ancestor, oh yes, an me too, die of diseese- i no it no nice,but nobody lik chemcal fetiliser,an theer nout beter than doodoo

hey spritz- i have gasgun htat will rid you of pigeon -you have to shoot it, cos my shakin no hit a thing -good fun until you hit one -i no like shoot anythin -to soft me -cant even kill my own chicken -why do i becom a farmer? (shake hed)

30 Jan, 2010

 

I couldn't do it either, Derek - I send Henry out to chase them but of course they come straight back once he's in again!

I couldn't have been a farmer, could I?

Hywel means S**W, Derek, not manure! LOL.

30 Jan, 2010

 

beautifull bulbs in flower barbara, very pretty and i also like the pink gazania, thats very pretty, nice to have some colour to cheer your day up :o))

30 Jan, 2010

 

It is indeed, Sandra! I shall do it again this autumn. :-))

I hope they cheered you up as well!

30 Jan, 2010

 

LOL. I mean that stuff that falls from the sky and everyone thinks it's pretty. I call it muck because I don't like it. When I lived in my other house I always used to get manure from someone who kept horses. Manure isn't muck :o)

30 Jan, 2010

 

yes it cheered me up, i think my gazania have survived in the garden, well up to now anyways ;o) but just the orange ones, i will look out for pink though ;o)

30 Jan, 2010

 

Brilliant its cheered me up just looking at them.

30 Jan, 2010

 

What a good idea, just need the greenhouse, loved the iris especially Kath, we grow gazanias they usually come up again, wonder if they will this year?

30 Jan, 2010

 

Really? Mine turned to mush - no, Hywel, not muck, MUSH!! LOL.

30 Jan, 2010

 

lol It is when it melts isn't it - yugh :o)

30 Jan, 2010

 

LOL. Glad it's gone! :-)))

30 Jan, 2010

 

How lovely to see flowers at this grey time of year. Shame about the nasty big fat bird who ate your Iris last year!

Sandra x

30 Jan, 2010

 

I could certainly do without the 'Jumbo Jets', Sandra! lol.

30 Jan, 2010

 

i love the pale blues

30 Jan, 2010

 

It's the first time I've grown that Iris, Holly. It won't be the last! :-)

30 Jan, 2010

 

Iris danfordiae is my fave -yellow alway cheer me up - in fact al your iris shots hav yelow in them- thnk spritz

doodoo has the oposit efect

sory bout my mistak hywel

30 Jan, 2010

 

You're very welcome, Derek.

Don't worry - I think Hywel thought it was quite funny!

30 Jan, 2010

 

Hi Spritz, Now thats a coincidence, I have bought apacket of Gazannia seeds a couple of days ago. They aren't mixed colours like yours. I will have another look for a mixed packet. The ones I have are DAYBREAK RED STRIPE so they are just yellow and red. Did you have any heat in the G/H to keep them so they will flower. I'll try it next winter. Frank

3 Feb, 2010

 

Yes, Frank - this is the g'house with the thermostat set at about 7 degrees, as I have my Coprosmas in there. The other one is just kept frost-free.

These Gazanias were from a packet of seeds called 'Talent Mixed'. I really like the colours. I wish I'd rescued more of them, now I know it can be done! I shall grow that particular variety again this year. :-)

3 Feb, 2010

 

spritz- htis tim of yeer,you canup hte temp to 8C -hte plnts will get go erly if you do

3 Feb, 2010

 

Yes, thanks Derek - the thermostat isn't very sensitive, unfortunately. I wish I'd bought a better quality heater, now!

3 Feb, 2010

 

you can alway try manure -it giv nice lot of heat if you can stan hte smell - hehe

4 Feb, 2010

 

No thanks, Derek - LOL. I'd need a clothes peg on my nose...;-O

4 Feb, 2010

 

no you will not -you wil need 2 - i do!!!

4 Feb, 2010

 

LOL.

4 Feb, 2010

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