Wednesday, 18 April 2012

End of Winter

I always think winter is on its way out when I see the first Housemartin and I did just that yesterday.Its actually our neighbours,they have 2 nests right next to each other on a window!!! Ours are on the edge of the house so I am waiting to see there safe return.
When hubby went to work this morning he said you wont be doing much in the garden today-thankgoodness,I had so much to do in the greenhouse.
I actually managed to transplant my Cosmos 'pink dazzler' and 'psyche mixed' along with the Nicotiana 'lime green'.Then as the weather was still not improving I went on to sow my Squash and Courgette(saved seed from last year),
Helichrysum,Silene,Nemesia,Verbena bonariensis,Borlotti and Dwarf beans,Mangetout,Ixia,Allium and Chasmanthe bulbs
I find this time of year pretty much like a production line,as soon as there is a space anywhere it soon gets filled.
The one downside is the taking in and out of the seedlings as I  dare not leave them outside overnight just yet.I still had time to admire these as I walked past the front when walking the dog.The Peony x mascula sub tritanata is set off lovely with the Artemesia ludoviana 'Silver Queen' and the Ajuga reptans 'Catlins Giant'
All in all a good day considering !!!!

Monday, 16 April 2012

Treasure

I love this time of year-actually I dont think there s any time of year I dont like!!!!! but I just love going into the greenhouse each day to see which seeds have decided to push there way up and all from that tiny little seed you have planted-or not so tiny in some cases!!!
A very good friend of mine who is also is a keen gardener has a habit of going away and bringing bits of plant or seed back with her,saving some of these treasures for herself and then giving me a little bit of treasure too.
Now last year she went to the Seychelles and came back with her normal treasure-I tried sowing some seed in the autumn-nothing.I then put some of the seed in the propagator to see if any would come up with a bit of heat.I have been away for the weekend-dived into the greenhouse last night,lifted the lid of the propagator and was as pleased as punch-ok lots of seed have come up that I expected but there at the back was a pot labelled Seychelles shrub? -this is because she gets so carried away-dont all gardeners? and doesnt always remember which seeds have come off which planted.So IT will remain a mystery until it grows some more
Another plant I have grown from seeds has is also giving me so much pleasure at the moment-or should I say keeping me in suspense!I got some Albuca nelsonii seed from the Malvern show I think about 3 years ago,they were from Hillview Hardy Plants and have a lovely description
It has fleshy succulent leaves growing to 90cm tall.The ivory tubular flowers with a green rib are produced on a tall spike at 120-150cm tall in June/July.They have a strong almond scent.
Well I put some in the garden some in pots and gave some away.All dies but for 2 I put in a pot-I have taken it into the greenhouse over the last couple of winters,but this year the leaves went really thick.Then over the last couple of weeks these wonderful spikes have appeared-we are not completley there yet but I will keep you posted

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Ok,so I have been a bit remiss and been neglecting my blog.Life has been a bit hectic-as has everyones I know but my poor brain can only cope with so much.I was full of good intentions and even took some photos thinking I would share them on my blog and thought hey ok better late than never.
These sweet peas and rose-Golden showers were still flowering in the garden the second week of December!! the rose is still flowering.The sweet peas I had saved the seed I needed but had not got around to cutting the dead down as I like to leave some things in the garden to get frosted as they give nice structure when all else is bare.The poor rose really needs a rest as it has been flowering since May so I will be pruning it now.
The other reason for my blog today is because this week saw my 50th birthday,it comes to us all at some stage.I was inundated with lovely presents which I can wear,use and admire which I thank everyone for.Hubby had asked me what I wanted to do,I had said I really did not mind but it would be nice to either be near the sea or mountains.
Wales had rain forcast so he decided on the sea,we were going in our motorhome and tring to find pitches open which were not too commercialised was very difficult.He finally found a site he liked the name of-its a male thing.
So we head off to Molly Tuckers field in East Prawle which is just opposite Salcombe.On the way down I decided to throw a whole cup of hot tea over my wrist,but other than that we had a really good journey down.We arrived at a  beautiful place with panoramic views of the sea and the whole site to ourselves.
We checked the field out to see which would be the best pitch for sunrise and sunset,whether the ground was hard enough all the normal things.Hubby drove in swung round and tried to put the van where we had decided but to no avail.There was a good enough slope on the field to stop us going back up the field and everytime he tried the tyres just disapeared into the ground.Now we know we are not the lightest at three and a half tonnes-the motorhome -not ourselves!
So we were stuck in the middle of the filed-all was not lost as we had spectacular views and are self-contained.So I put the kettle on and put the table up at the back of the van when I decided to trap my finger in the top of the table and gave myself a lovely blister-the same hand I had burnt earlier.
Nevermind we had a cuppa,let the farmers wife know we were stuck and went for a lovley walk along the top of the coast and down onto the beach.The farmer never did turn up until nearly lunchtime the next day,appologising profusley-he had forgot about us!!!
We had decided we were not leaving until later and would meander back taking in some sites on the way,so we stopped off and had a walk around the estuary at Kinsbride then decided we would head up the A38 towards the M5.Lunch looked promising at some waterfalls just outside Chudleigh,after negotiating the narrow roads and drissle!! we got there to find they were closed enen though they had said open at the bottom of the hill.Ever the optomist we carried on and at the last minute I told Hubby to turn off as I had seen a brown sign saying Haldon Forest.A beautifil place definetley to be used again.A well designed and maintained forest on the edge of Exmoor park with loads of tracks for walkers and bikers.
Back onto the motorway and our last trek home, we had only got as far as Taunton when hubby declares the thermostat had just shot to the top,literally within minutes of him saying it we saw the sign for Tauntom 1/2mile so we quickly got off the motorway.He checked all the usual-fan belt,fuses and then was flunked.So good old greenflag came out,now being so big when four of us our in the motorhome is great but not so great to be towed.So we had to wait a while for a bigger tuck to come and get us,but boy did he drive fast even with 3 1/2 tonnes behind him.
Now I had a wonderful time but am seriously wondering if I should start my next 50years again!!!!!!