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My last day of half-term


By gwendas


Just had to go back to the GC! This time with Rog’s Mum. She bought some lovely primroses – wish I had now! I’m sure I can squeeze them in somewhere! I bought a couple of little plants for my rockery type border up the drive. a Sisyrinchium alpine ‘E K Balls’ with a bright mauve yellow centred flower that has a long flowering season from Spring to Autumn and a spreading sedum spurium called Ruby Mantle – deep red foliage. If they are both sucessful I may plant a few more as I love that red colour and the sisyrinchium would mean flowers for a long period. It can get quite dry in patches in that border and I had a lot of problem with ants there last year. Any suggestions?
Rog came back with the newspaper yesterday and with 2 little pots packed with emerging Iris ‘J S Dijt’ lovely dwarf purple variety and Tulipa tarda again miniature variety with yellow and white star- shaped flowers- bless him, he said he liked the pictures on the labels!
So I have just spent a lovely hour or so out there before back to school again. Only 7 weeks to go to Easter hols! I do love my job but I love gardening more! I shall just have to make the most of the Spring weekends won’t I ?!
Love Jo x

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Gosh, I know that feeling so well, Jo. I loved teaching too and was very sad when my health prevented me working in a school. I hope to be back in the classroom again before this year is out, but working with adults. In the mean time I am making the most of the present by spending as much time as I can in the garden.
The days will be much longer and hopefully the weather much warmer in seven weeks time. The garden will be a far more attractive place then.

23 Feb, 2009


Sorry to hear you've not been well and hope all goes well with your plans to return to the education business! Meanwhile it's great to have such a rewarding and enjoyable interest isn't it!? Here's to a lovely Springtime!
Take care Jox

23 Feb, 2009


Jo ~ Interesting blog :o)

Xela ~ Wishing you better health in 2009 :o)

23 Feb, 2009


I have this sysrinchium and it self seeds freely. pretty little thing. silver leafed plants do well in the dry have you tried lychnis coronaria? I enjoyed ready of your last day of 'freedom'. remember only 7 weeks to the next big break.

23 Feb, 2009


Thanks for your comments and advice. Just had a look on the encyclopedia for picture of lychnis coronaria - rose campion and it looks so pretty. Will look out for it!
Jo x

23 Feb, 2009


it comes in white and magenta flowers and seeds free-ishly
[is that a real word?] looks good against the silver &blue of echinops 'veitches blue'. sorry about all the spelling mistakes but this lap top cant spell proper! lol

23 Feb, 2009


Jo, I had to google the plants you bought. They look very nice. I especially like the sedum. They will look fab. I'm sure the time back at work will just fly by and you'll be back in the garden in no time. :o)

24 Feb, 2009


I love gardening more than I loved any job I had too. I should have made gardening my job I think. lol. Roll on Easter for you then.

24 Feb, 2009

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