Sunday, 19 January 2014

Sunday 19th January

Pottering this morning whilst it was still dry and sunny!! noticed the Arum Lilies , this is the first time ever that by December they have not died back, they are still in leaf, showing what a mild if wet winter it is. wonder what, if any difference this will make to the flowering next summer.
The first Snowdrop has opened. I have planted Snowdrops a few times, in different places, but only one little patch ever survives, no idea why.

Bought some Dwarf Cosmos seeds on the way to bowls yesterday, read about them, they should be great. It is far too windy here I found for the usual taller type, the winds just flatten them, they don't look good staked, I really love the feathery leaves.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Wednesday 15th

Well thats the Marmalade made for another year thank goodness, yes the little shop is still going strong.
Looking at Revival Gardening I picked up a tip on cuttings. Like me Christine Walker prefers not to use rooting powder, she says to put some Vitamin C  in water and pop cuttings in for while before potting up, must try this on a couple of the more reluctant Fuchsia like Deep Purple.
The Primroses are looking bright and cheerful and the Hellebore are all starting to flower, seems I hope that worst of the winter is over!!
Those Dianthus cuttings that I hardened off are still amazing me, they are I know in a very sheltered spot but beginning to flower!! Guess I shall have to pinch them out again.
Having left the Hydrangea and Common Fuchsia pruning I am sorely tempted to do it next week when Scott is on holiday. Need to stand over him or he goes mad with the trimmer.
The Daffodils are at last showing through, began to wonder if I had lost them.

Thursday, 2 January 2014

Thursday 2nd January.

Hope every one has had great festive season, if so probably as tired as me. Wouldn't change it for the world.
The Garden is looking neat and tidy, thank goodness we are  not in flood areas.
I wasn't successful with the Chives I put into the  greenhouse, must look into this more carefully, breaks my heart when I have to buy same.
Our Grand daughter is now starting to be interested in gardening, this means another home for excess plants.
This next week is the Marmalade making time, hope the little shop in Birkdale, I get the Seville's from is still open, no answer when I called today. Strange but we do not have a green grocer here in Marshside or Churchtown, the Seville's from the supermarkets come far to late, and are not firm enough, here's hoping!!
The Fuschia's in the greenhouse are beginning to break now, just hope we do not have any heavy frost, though I do have a heater.
Must now think about seeds, makes me think Spring is on the way, this also means the bowling season, always good to look forward to this.