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Mid March Musings

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The winds here are strong and very cold right now, so even in the sunshine it is tough to be working outside.

This morning I picked, or should I day ‘rescued’ a bunch of daffs from the garden as the gales were snapping them off. I brought them inside. Hopefully they won’t give Scott a headache.

I also took advantage of the drying quality of these winds to plant my new Lilies. I ordered a few from Harts this year and they arrived in great condition and very big. So now they are all planted and theres something else to look forward to. Sorry, you’ll have to wait a few months for the photos!

I removed the biggest branch of my Cedar at the pond..Cedrus deodara ‘Mr Blue’ as I do every spring to keep it the right size for its position.

Apart from that…well, a bit of pottering and weeding. Cutting back some dead growth etc, and a lot of ball throwing for the dogs.

Yesterday I finished sprucing up the Pod for this year, so its looking fresh, clean and inviting with the addition of a pot of three white Hyacinths that will be planted out in the border once finished for this year. Again, I hope they don’t give Scott a headache!

The white border where the Hyacinths will be next spring..

My next job is to clean and repaint my big mains operated water feature. I ordered a brown spray paint (for outdoor use) on Amazon. That will motivate me todo the cleaning and sanding needed to prepare.

I also planted these little primula denticulatas yesterday. They are in Heuchera corner and have made it look a bit more cheerful as the Heuchs are very sad-looking in March.

Oh, and the lawn edges got a cut yesterday too…but are still too wet to cut with the edging shears, so that will have to wait a bit longer.

I’ve added four more Blueberries (3 of ‘Blue Gold’ and 1 dwarf un-named) to the outside of the greenhouse area. I love blueberries. Not just for their fruit (which in combination with Aronia berries makes the best Jam I’ve ever tasted), but for their early foliage (often pink-tinged), their pretty lantern-like blossoms and their stunning autumn foliage. They will grow up to 1.5m in height eventually and screen the greenhouse a bit. They are also perfectly happy in our windy spot in acidic soil. And they have compact roots, so perfect for containers and planters. So what’s not to love? And I can grow other small veg. Around them.

The greenhouse is now getting very warm in the sunshine, so Im back to turning the heater off and leaving the doors slightly open. Once this month is out I shall remove the fleece from the ceiling and that allows more light to reach everything. The succulents in there are definitely growing now, and this one has produced the longest flowering stem!

Finally, I treat myself to a little planter of Saxifrages..why not? Its my birthday on Friday and if you don’t love yourself…well….

Take heart everyone! Spring is here! We will get through this. Stay healthy! X

Tulip ‘Early Harvest’

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Happy Birthday for Friday.

17 Mar, 2020

 

Hi Karen, if you can't treat yourself on your birthday, when can you, Happy Birthday for Friday, Derek.

17 Mar, 2020

 

Thank you both! X

17 Mar, 2020

 

an amazing big and well kept garden Karen you obviously have taken very good care of . I love the pod , would love to relax in there with a nice coffee with that view and the pond picture is especially stunning . makes things feel a whole lot better in this awful time we're having.. garden of delight

Happy birthday for Friday

17 Mar, 2020

 

Yes the wind is back here too, though it's a tad warmer.

I read today that it's going to be the 'hottest Spring ever'.

I dug my garden chairs out of the garage, just to be ready - ha-ha!

Happy Birthday for Friday!

17 Mar, 2020

 

Thank you Paul, that’s very kind. :)

Sunnydais...that’s exactly what we need! The hottest spring ever...to kill off this horrible virus! I hope that prediction comes true!

17 Mar, 2020

 

yes hopefully , there is a high pressure in central Europe building April . what brings the southerly winds . look forward to it eventually!

17 Mar, 2020

 

you have been busy Karen. garden looking wonderful and I love the hyacinths. My early harvest finished about a week ago, they are lovely and hardy too.
happy birthday for Friday. you deserved the planter of saxifrages and if a girl cant treat herself......
Cheaper than shoes & handbags :o)

17 Mar, 2020

 

Thanks Paul..that will be so lovely! :)

Thank you SBG! I can’t believe you have tulips going over in March! Thats amazing. I think of Tulips as April-May flowers. Apart from a little clump of dwarf purple ones, Early Harvest are my first to flower. :)

17 Mar, 2020

 

Hope you have a very happy birthday on Friday.

Your new planter is very pretty and I also love the hyacinths in the pod which looks very inviting and cosy.

17 Mar, 2020

 

The garden looks amazing and tidy for this early in the year (not that your's ever looks anything but tidy), but March is usually a waiting time of year for the garden. This year it's a waiting time for other things! With the media making everything sound as bad as possible, it's depressing. I know it's bad, so why are the press sending people to stand in areas of desertion when there is no need?
Enough of that, humanity has survived pandemics before with much less medical help and knowledge available.
I too cut the grass for the first time yesterday, very thick, heavy, wet and lush so hard work but looks so much better, really cheers you up.
It's my daughter's Birthday on Friday 19th too, so Happy Birthday to you both. Have a glass of wine in that lovely pod and admire your hard work.

18 Mar, 2020

 

Hi K..
Happy birthday for Friday..anything special arranged or just a quiet one at home?It's my OHs birthday in a week, but I doubt very much we can go to our favourite restaurant. Will have to cancel that.
I know what you mean about the Heuchs at this time of year...mine are looking so sorry for themselves.

18 Mar, 2020

 

Have a lovely birthday on Friday, garden is looking great and that pod just makes me smile every time I see it, what a wonderful addition to a garden it is.

18 Mar, 2020

 

I know how you feel about the wind. Windbreaks were the first thing I had to put in, and they are still not always effective. I have to keep cloches on my tomatoes that are already out because it is warm enough.
Best wishes for Friday.

18 Mar, 2020

 

Well, thank you all very much! We have nothing planned for Friday. Scott was planning to be golfing in Portugal actually, so its a nice surprise that he's actually going to be at home with me. A glass of wine in the Pod and maybe a nice take-away supper sounds perfect. :)

18 Mar, 2020

 

Happy Birthday for Friday Karen. I love your pod and it looks so cosy. I could just sit in that myself reading my book and also enjoying just looking at your garden.
I agree with Fernever..a garden of delight !

18 Mar, 2020

 

Ah..thanks Rose. I went in there after our walk today, and lo and behold...two bluetits appear to be feeding their young in the nesting box right opposite the pod! I couldn’t believe my eyes! So cold out there.

18 Mar, 2020

 

We have nesting sparrows here Karen, lots of them. We have a long pyracantha hedge where they all go. Unfortunately they chase the blue tits away !

19 Mar, 2020

 

Happy Birthday for tomorrow ....pretty planter by the way, good choice there Karen!... enjoy the day.Cheers🍷🥂🥃
I used to love our Blueberry bushes, but sadly not able to eat them anymore so we got rid of them although we kept one back for the pretty flowers and the Autumn foliage...
The garden is looking very delightful and tidy as usual...
OH has taken out all the Heucheras and potted them up, they were terribly tatty....lots of the potted ones had vine weevils! nothing new there!
Super blog as usual......

19 Mar, 2020

 

Thank you very much Angela. Remind OH to give his Heucheras a feed of liquid seaweed...as I have done today...to get them growing.

19 Mar, 2020

 

Thanks Karen.....will do.😀

19 Mar, 2020

 

Happy Birthday Karen, your garden is looking great as always.

20 Mar, 2020

 

Belated Happy Birthday good to see your a Pisces as well mine was Monday, garden looks lovely

21 Mar, 2020

 

Yes, I just crept in there in the Pisces group Stripes. I had to consult an astrologist to check, but yes, Pisces which is what I had always thought. Thank you and happy birthday to you too. I am a Rabbit in Chinese birthday years btw.

21 Mar, 2020

 

Thank you so much Phyl. There is still plenty of weeding for me to do, but boy is it cold out there today. That horrid Easterly has come in, and we've had very little sunlight today. :( Not to worry, I am learning Spanish indoors and I had a 'work out' this morning by scrubbing the kitchen floor which is now sparkling again. :)

21 Mar, 2020

 

Karen, happy belated birthday! Hope you enjoyed your day, despite all this virus stuff going on..
Garden looking well spruced up! Lovely tulips blooming too. Your pod looks amazing inside!

21 Mar, 2020

 

Thanks Kate. I have started using the Pod again. It's great when the sun is shining, but the winds are cold. I can pretend I am outdoors and sit in there reading gardening books...or just have a nap. :)

21 Mar, 2020

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