A primrose, and potatoes

Last Sunday I bought this primrose, which was £1, at the horticultural society trading shed.  There were various colours available but I like yellow as it’s warm looking, and contrasts well with the green leaves.  Since then a couple more flowers have unfurled.

I was told that there’ll be more on sale this coming Sunday so I may treat myself again,  perhaps  a white one.

I’ve now used the last of my stored potatoes and had to buy some for the first time since last summer.  The ones I’ll be planting late March and early April, ground conditions and weather permitting, are all chitting well in the spare room.  Yesterday I hoed and weeded the area where they’re going, and then started to spread compost over the surface.  The ground is looking good, turns over easily to fork depth, and there are plenty of worms to be seen which both robins were making the most of.

Have a good weekend!

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I did some plotting…

on Friday and yesterday morning when it was sunny and there wasn’t a chill wind.


Looking round it was good to see the crocuses Snow Bunting had opened and there were plenty of honeybees on them.



I hoed and weeded the area where I’ll be growing onions this year,  and I worked my way through the younger strawberry plants in preparation for replanting them sometime soon.

The robin keep me close company for much of the time.





Looking round I was pleased to see that the vinca major by the teasels at the end of the log pile has finally flowered, and the first of the dwarf tulips are starting to appear.

It looks like being wet most of tomorrow and then getting colder again, so I guess that I won’t be doing any more plotting for at least a few days.

Have a good week!

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I Don’t Have Weeds…

The post on Tuesday included a nice surprise as Karen, who I sent some flower and tomato seeds to recently for her 17th floor balcony container garden, very kindly sent me a thank you card along with this lovely wooden sign.

It’s about four by seven inches and I will find a home for  it on the plot, probably on the side of the shed.

It certainly brightened up the week, much of which has been spent armchair gardening again thanks to the miserable weather.

Have a good weekend!

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Home delights

Apart from flowers that have flopped I rarely cut any to bring home to put a vase. It’s not that I don’t grow enough so this year that’s what I hope to be doing.

I have some vases, or suitable containers,  including these – a matt black china one, a stoneware jug, a tall glass and a plain white tea mug.  Hopefully a couple of them will be filled with daffodils, tulips, pot marigolds, cosmos, cornflowers and sunflowers over the spring and summer.


There are two plants that hope to grow on the windowsill this year, one each flower and vegetable.

The flower is the gazania rigens Talent Yellow which has silvery leaves and all yellow flowers.  If I get a plant that’s as good as this one I’ll be well pleased, (picture thanks to Benery).


I have grown tomatoes at home but didn’t last year.  They’ve mostly ended up rather taller, and with less fruit, than I’d hoped.

I’m trying again with Sweet n Neat Red.  I’ll be successively growing a couple of these in a six inch pot which neatly fit into one of these small galvanised buckets that I was given recently.


Have a good week!

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Tree following, February 2018

Liz…Firstly my thanks to Mike for graciously continuing to host my tree following posts .

My chosen tree is a black walnut (Juglans nigra), which is a native to the eastern United States.  Most Thursdays I, along with my dogs Charlie and Dulcie, walk the trail near our area Post Office.  Over the past few years many of these trails have been established here in Lexington, Kentucky and the plan is for them to be linked throughout the county.  In this picture you can see Dulcie at one end of the dual leash whilst Charlie is out of the sight trying to head the other way.  Such is life!


I chose this black walnut  partly because it hosts mistletoe (Phoradendom leucarpum), which is different to the British variety (Viscum album). Also of note is the way that it’s harvested. In the UK it’s gathered, a rather refined sounding method, whereas in the southern United States a shotgun is used!


Black walnuts are late to leaf out and early to drop their leaves, but there is plenty of time to delve into this tree and find out some interesting facts.   I have a lot to learn!

Mike… Yesterday I looked at the medlars that I’m following but there is no discernable difference to last month.

Our thanks to Pat, The Squirrelbasket, for hosting Tree following.  If anyone wants to find out more, and perhaps even follow a tree, please click on the link over on the right-hand side of this page.

Have a good weekend!

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On reflection I think that…

last year was without doubt my best one yet in the ten years that I’ve been plotting.

All the flowers did well, and I was particularly pleased with the cornflowers Polka Dot and all the cosmos, including these yellow Xanthos.

Of note among the vegetables were the sweet corn, which I picked almost daily throughout August,  and the excellent climbing French beans Sultana which in early September were among my prize winners at the Horticultural Society Annual Show.

Seeing Foxy as I did,  having the robin as an almost constant plot companion and seeing gold finches on the teasels for the first time were the wildlife highlights.

It was lovely to meet Liz, and her daughter Mary, over from Lexington, Kentucky at the end of May and show them round.

I hope that this year will prove to be as good, or even better.

Have a good week!

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Although dry and sunny…

this morning there’s a bitterly cold wind so I just had a quick look round.  All the daffodils are now showing, such as these in the long planter. The ones below are the dwarf Tete-a-tetes.

The distinctive leaves of the perennial cornflowers (centaurea montana) are regrowing.

The weather, especially the rain and wind, hasn’t been kind on the crocuses Snow Bunting, which aren’t looking too good as some have flopped and others are a bit ragged.

Today is Imbolc in the Celtic calendar, the mid-point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox marking the earth’s awakening from cold.  It’s also known as Candlemas, the quickening of the year.

Have a good weekend!

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