Saturday, 21 March 2015

Weekend gardening


Finally Spring has arrived! I've managed to spend a few hours each weekend in the garden and as it is now light when I come home after work I can get a few jobs done when I get home too. I love coming home to my garden, I can literally feel my shoulders drop and un-knot as I open the dining room door and crunch along the gravel. It's always exciting to see what has happened while I've been at work, I like the think of the small white fibrous roots slowly pushing their way through the earth and the little green shoots gradually working their way through the top soil while I'm tapping away on my keyboard at work.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/gardenprojects/8624039/Flower-arranging-lessons-from-Chatsworth-House.htmlhttp://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/echinops-ritro-veitchs-blue/classid.2730/

I've already got quite a few projects on the go, I was seduced into buying a few globe thistle tubers from B&Q while I was collecting compost a few weeks ago and I also couldn't pass up a bare-root Sarah Bernhardt Peony for £3. We'll see if my bargains deliver their glossy promises later on this year.


I'm really pleased with my little trooper of a plant, Erysimum 'Bowles's Mauve' a lovely bushy perennial wallflower. Last year it was skeletal after being dug up and transplanted into a pot for the building work, it literally looked like a tumble weed! So I cut it back and kept my fingers crossed, but I have to say I expected it to be off the compost heap, but it rallied and now looks better than ever and even had buds in November. I took some cuttings last year which are all doing marvellously as well so hopefully soon I'll have a little battalion!


http://www.rosecottageplants.co.uk/dahlia-offshore-dream/p865http://www.rosecottageplants.co.uk/dahlia-cafe-au-lait/p701

http://www.rosecottageplants.co.uk/dahlia-myama-fubuki/p468http://www.rosecottageplants.co.uk/dahlia-wizard-of-oz/p721

At the end of last year I placed an order with dahlia specialists Rose Cottage Plants and then forgot about it and placed another order in February. So I had a bumper delivery arrive at the beginning of March! I went for a mix of Offshore Dream, Wizard of Oz and Myama Fubuki. They don't look like much just now, but I'm looking forward to being able to cut armfuls of flowers for the house with this lot and the Cafe au Lait dahlias that I have brought out of the shed from over-wintering.

9 comments:

  1. I love the Garden nothing like its peace that it brings and the beauty of each flower as it arrives and blooms. Happy Springs with love Janice

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  2. Looking forward to gardening season here in Canada. We had a light dusting of snow again last night, so playing in the dirt is still several weeks off - but a girl can dream, right?

    Bronwyn
    www.queenbcreativeme.blogspot.com

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  3. It's brilliant being able to potter in our gardens in the warm sunshine,hope it gets better and better.I have a Gertrude Jeckle rose that I can't wait to see!! Pam.

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  4. Hi Charlotte. I love your beautiful blog and am your newest follower. As a cottage lover I'm really taken with your sweet cottage and love your style. I have a blog where I feature cottages/small homes every Saturday on my series Living Large In Small Spaces. I'd like to invite you to share your cottage there. My email is ajoyfulcottage@gmail.com. I hope you'll contact me. Warm regards, Nancy

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  5. It will be so lovely to see the garden this year after all the building work last year, I'm sure it will looks as pretty as ever. We spent all of Monday in the garden this week, it felt so good to be back out there. Roll on those warmer days, I'm hoping to spend a lot of time outdoors this year soaking it all up :) x x x

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  6. Just popped over to your lovely blog after seeing you on the sidebar @ House at Forest Manor and now I'm your newest follower.
    Maggie @ Normandy Life

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  7. Nice post, things explained in details. Thank You.

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