Look at the Breast Cancer Now garden on line
If you are in Devon next weekend you could go to the Blackawton International Festival of Wormcharming. If you do, call in at the allotment plant stall and buy some Verbena bonartensis
I'll never turn down the chance to visit a tearoom, B! In fact, my friend has just done herself a bucket list as she turns 50 in a month. She wants to do things like go-carting, etc, and has done archery, but with my back I can't risk anything like that, so she suggested I do a bucket list of tearooms and coffee places to visit instead - I thought that an excellent idea!
You can never see them too often. When the weather improves we'll see what we can do. Greenway is best in eafly spring, once the leaves come out you can't see the river which is its best feature. But there are others (with delightful tearooms!)
Went to the garden at Greenway, Agatha Christie's home, yesterday. It's on the banks of the River Dart estuary. Lovely magnolias.
I think it's an Arum lily. I won't bother you with the latin name - it's even worse than bonariensis You're right about the willy - it's the male part of the plant!
Carolyn - you naughty lady! I think you mean you have a Camelia! They don't like the frost, so take care if one forecast. The other possibilities are Rhododenron, or a Magnolia, but sounds more like a Camelia to me. Not that I am a plant expert by any means (only saying, cos I was bought one for Christmas, and it looks like that!).
Our son rang to say they had free tickets for the Lost Gardens of Heligan so we went yesterday and only had to shelter from the rain once! Red hot pokers were in full bloom in the jungle!
The buff tailed bumblebee will fly in winter in warmer parts of the country (where we are lucky enough to live!). It's large and has orange stripes. I have winter flowering plants and had a visit from one today. The queen is really large so it's probably a she not a he paying you a visit.
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You might have better luck if you can find a local stables as the lady we got ours from said that she has to pay to have hers taken away when it gets too much. Ann x
Hi Anneemay You seem well organised. I like growing bulbs in pots - they're easier to keep track of and you can wheel them to the front when they're at their best (or get someone to wheel them for you). Good to have a ready source of dung. I'm surprised how hard we find it to get hold of when we live in the midst of a livestock farming area but I'm told farmers use it all themselves now..
Hi EJ I can sympathise. I despair of my garden. It's always been a bit wild - the way i like it, but it's getting out of hand now. Hurt my back doing too much last month and don't dare do a lot now. Sorry you've been ill and not up for much gardening, hope things improve. At least with the colder weather things in the garden will slow down so, as long as it's not too wet maybe you can catch up a bit. The verbena bonariensis in my garden has finally faded though it's still being visited by goldfinches. It's a star plant, has bloomed for almost 5 months, 2 months ago it was attracting butterflies and for the last 6 weeks goldfinches have been regular visitors
Well the raised beds hubby has built are now in place and we have been to the local stables to get free manure to improve the soil, which we will leave over winter. Have put some more bulbs in pots to give us some colour in the garden in the spring before we replant the beds. Ann
Got some early flowering daffodils and iris bulbs in th post yesterday. A bit late but they were on special offer. Planted them in pots but this time did not attempt to move pots got strong man to do that. It will be interesting to see just how early the daffodils are. It.'s very mild where I live.
Yes, you have to pace yourself. I was in charge of the communal flower plot at our allotmetnts but gave that up to try and concentrate on the garden. Your maple is a beautiful colour right now and it's lovely the way it catches the light and brings it into the planting bed. xx B
Spent most of the day in garden, potting up plants that need transplanting when raised beds are in. Have put some snowdrops in underneath the Camelia we moved earlier in the week and hubby has built first of three raised beds. So things are progressing as planned but having to take little breaks between tasks though as feeling a little bit more tired on 2nd week of Cape. Ann xx
One of my favourite plants is chocolate cosmos. I hope Carolyn has plenty in her garden. They're not fully hardy, you have to dig up the tubers in winter and keep them frost free. They look wonderful at the moment, such a rich autumnal colour. They do smell of chocolate. Another plant that smells chocolatey is the chocolate vine, akebia
Hi Aneemay. Welcome to gardening. Raised beds are great for ease of working and for soil. I designed a garden with raised beds at elbow height for a really old lady in our village and she went on gardening for a long time. She was a farmer's wife so she went out in all weathers. My garden's at a bit of an angle so what's a raised bed on one side is at ground level on the other. I know gardening makes you feel good but don't overdo it and find yourself having to move carefully as i did this week. Bonariensis xx
Hi can I join in please, we have not got a very big garden but both my husband and I find it very thereputic to potter as some people say. In fact we are in the process of revamping the back garden as it has got a bit tired looking. I have been busy the last few weeks potting up the perrenials I want to keep, as we have decided to put in some low raised beds, so that we can improve the soil within them. I am hoping that it will make the bed more manageable and the plants will love their new home. Ann
This time last year I was coping with being newly diagnosed and couldn't see the way ahead. But I planted bulbs which is always an act of faith, as you are hunkering down for winter, that that next spring will come. So here I am a whole year later making another act of faith with, perhaps, more, optimism than a year ago.