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Making a start


I’ve finally made a start on the yard – planted up some bulbs just after I got the house and the tulips and daffs have pretty well finished but this past couple of weeks I’ve been out potting up other things…

The pot rescued from the local tip (just after planting) – Chaenomeles Jet Trail, Narcisus Sailboat, Muscari and Hosta Plantaginea, which are really taking off…

Some of the other bulbs…

Wasn’t sure whether these tulips would do anything as they were old bulbs. The daffs are Sun Disc. Pots also have alliums in them coming through.

Tulips (Purissima) earlier in the month, have now gone over but again there are Alliums in the pot….

Hellebore Niger, I put a peony root in as well. Magnolia ‘Susan’ in the middle pot. The nursery assured me that it would be ok for a few years in a pot this size and, as it was an end of season 1/2 price offer, I thought I’d give it a go.

Another Hellebore with another peony.

Hoping that the cold nights are coming to an end so that the cage can be dismantled.

And finally… A gift from the gods…

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Nice to see you managed to get the pot out of the car urbanite :)
It's all looking great - very clever under planting the spring bulbs with others that will fill later, makes the best use of the space you have. That's a great wee frame, it seems a lot more practical than the taller ones which can get blown away in the wind.
Have you decided what you are going to do with those raised beds yet?

24 Apr, 2014


You have been busy, it is looking good :O)

25 Apr, 2014


Doesn't feel as if I've been busy in the garden! I keep changing my mind about the raised beds - I dislike the poor quality brickwork and I think the yard will look bigger without, even though I will keep borders of the same size, but then I think what a lot of effort will be needed to get rid of the raised beds. Also the soil in them is so horrible - really sour with no goodness at all (over 12 months of nothing being done and just these poppies and a struggling buddleia have settled) so there will still be digging to be done if I keep them.

I have a little pond to fit which will fit nicely within the width of the bed and a rockery to go around it (that's the pile of stones). I worry that if the pond is raised it would be more susceptible to the cold than if it was in the ground.

On a really good note though I've had a robin visiting daily for the past week or so - just nips onto the feeding station picks up a suet pellet before shooting off again.

26 Apr, 2014

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