Something new

As well as the tomato Legend seeds that I mentioned receiving last week Shelagh kindly sent me a second variety, Sunrise Bumble Bee, to try.  This one is an organic, cherry type which is yellow with flushes of red.

She also sent me a few Centaurea montana Amethyst in Snow seeds as she remembered me being interested in this lovely perennial cornflower, which has white flowers with a purple centre.  It’s an eye-catching variety, and if I manage to get them to germinate then grow I will replace the ordinary blue flowering ones I have with these.

Yesterday plot neighbour Trevor kindly gave me a black willow (Salix gracilistyla Melanostachys) whip to plant and grow. As you can see I’ve put it in a large pot to get established before planting out next year.  I look forward to seeing how this does.

 

I’ve had three good plotting mornings this week, which included sowing some broad bean Crimson flowered seeds. I also sieved some multi-purpose compost then bought it home to use in the pots I’ll be sowing various flower and vegetable seeds in to start off on the windowsill.

 

Have a good weekend!

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I’ve been delighted…

with the crocuses this year, especially the Snow Bunting that I planted en masse last autumn.  They have now finished but a few of the others, such as these white ones, are still flowering.

 

 

As these finish some of the daffodils have started flowering. So far there are these tall traditional yellow ones which I prefer to the various others that are available.

 

Here are the Tete-a-tetes that I planted last autumn in an arc around the dogwood.

 

Being a dwarf variety they withstand any heavy rain and/or high wind better than the tall ones. Some are multi-headed so they provide plenty of colourful flowers.

 

 

I’ve still not planted or sown anything and just about the only plotting that I did last week was yesterday.  I armed myself with a small pruning saw, secateurs and heavy duty gloves before cutting out the dead wood from the blackberry bush and dogwood rose. It’s a job that I’m thankful I don’t have to do very often.

Have a good week!

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Just plotting along

On Monday morning I cleared away the old leaves from both lots of crocosmia to give the emerging new growth air and light. I’ll do a further proper tidy and weed through them another day when it’s drier and warmer.

 

These are self-seeded collomia grandiflora plants, from ones I grow, which as usual are on the adjacent plot.  With Brian’s okay I’ve dug them up and replanted on my plot before he starts to plant his potatoes.  This year I’ve put them in a different place , and I must try to remember to save some seeds.

 

Recently Twitter friend Shelagh tweeted that she’d returned from Australia only to find that the packet of tomato Legend seeds that she’d bought there was empty.  I suggested that she email where she’d bought them from, which she did and was sent a replacement packet  which she received on Monday.  She kindly offered me some to which I said yes please and look forward to growing this variety.

Have a good weekend!

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Tree following, March 2017

Liz tells me that there has been no noticeable changes to her tulip poplar since last month so she’s not doing a post this time.

There’s been very little change to my dogwood (cornus) either, although there are signs of new leaf buds just starting to form.
Last month Nikki commented to say that the stems shown on this RHS webpage are very red and more bushy.  I replied that I think if I had kept cutting the stems right back to the ground each year mine would look like that rather than being the small tree it now is.

I’ve cleared round the truck at ground level so that you can now see how it almost immediately divides into three with the one on the right dividing again.

 

Thanks as usual to Pat, The Squirrelbasket, for hosting Tree following.

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Last week was rather unsettled…

with plenty of rain so the only plotting that I did was on Thursday and yesterday morning, which included digging up, moving and replanting the hydrangea and sedums.

replanted-hydrangeaThe hydrangea is now at near the top, north-east, corner of the flower patch where I hope it will do well and flower.  It’s already showing signs of new growth.

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The sedums  are over the other side, and further down the patch.   As you see these are already growing well.

Also in the picture are some of the white daffodils Thalia which I’m looking forward to seeing flower.

 

this-years-teasels

 

I also sorted out the area by the bottom end of the log pile where some new teasels have self-seeded, which is an ideal out-of-the-way place for them.

 

 

These purple crocuses are in the long planter, and the last ones to flower.

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It’s cool, wet and windy today but looks like being mostly dry and overcast from tomorrow through the coming week so I can get plotting again.

Have a good week!

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Sofa reading, February 2017

Recently Liz and I have read Wendy Jones’s books The Thoughts and Happenings of Wilfred Price… and The World is a Wedding and here are our views on them.

the-thoughts-and-happeningsThe Thoughts and Happenings of Wilfred Price… is set in in the small town of Narbeth, south-west Wales during 1926. Wilfred is the town’s undertaker, a rather ernest young man who having lost his mother at a young age is unschooled in the ways of the world, and lives with his Da, the grave-digger, in a harmonious yet messy household.

This is an appealing book in which Wendy Jones takes the reader from Wilfred’s spur-of-the-moment  marriage proposal to Grace, who he hardly knows, her acceptance then his immediate regret.  Then he finds true love for Flora, who is in mourning for the recent sudden death of her father and loss of her fiance back in World War One. There follows a string of moral dilemmas and some rather dark  places.  The story is interspersed with some funny episodes, for example Wilfred, in a move to improve himself, begins to work his way through a dictionary so we have many words beginning with the letter a.

There some Welsh words I had to google and, of course, the local rugby team would be singing Land of My Fathers. I left this book thinking what happens next.  So if you, like me, read and enjoy this book I recommend the sequel where all the untied ends are knotted together. I won’t divulge it’s contents and spoil the story…Liz.

There is little I feel I can add to what Liz has written about The Thoughts and Happenings… so I thought that I’d write about both books in more general terms.  I enjoyed this book despite some rather moving and sad events, which thankfully didn’t overshadow the lighter moments.  I also finished it wanting to know what happens next.

the-world-is-a-weddingThe second book, The World is a Wedding, is split between Narbeth and London and touches on the suffragette movement which was still very active then.  It was also the year of the miner’s and general strikes both of which must have affected many people at the time.  All the characters are well imagined and believable, with attitudes, expectations and outlooks typical of the period and place. Wilfred has a motor hearse which I’m guessing was unusual for a small town undertaker then.  He also ponders getting a radio which was the height of technology in 1926.

If I have one minor quibble it’s that I feel the two books would perhaps have been better written as one with some judicious editing. That apart I enjoyed them both and look forward to reading Wendy Jones‘s next novel…Flighty.

Happy reading, and have a good weekend!

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It’s with a certain amount…

of trepidation that I go to the plot the day after there’s been heavy rain and/or high winds. I did so on Friday and was relieved to find that all was okay.  However looking round the site I could see minor damage to some of the greenhouses and sheds.

yellow-crocuses

The crocuses are already beginning to look past their best but it won’t be long before the first daffodils start flowering.

daffodils-on-the-way

I mentioned last year that I’d lost the aster pringlei Monte Cassino as the roots had rotted in soggy ground.  Luckily plot neighbour George kindly gave me one of his Twinkling stars and said to dig it up to replant whenever I liked, which I’ve now done.  I’ve put it mid-way along the top , road-side, edge of the flower patch.

Hopefully during the coming week I’ll be digging up and replanting both the hydrangea and sedum.

Have a good week!

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