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A few ticks off the Wishlist!


Today is a day I have been looking forward to very much, Government restrictions lifted a little so OH and I felt it was right to visit a Garden Centre a few miles North of us.

There are a couple more GC’s locally, neither of which I find very welcoming, whereas this one always has a good selection of plants with helpful staff.

So, here are my purchases from a couple of hours spent very happily wandering slowly around the centre.

Firstly, a Crab Apple (Malus) tree, variety ‘Evereste’ with large soft pink flowers in April/May and small red-yellow fruits holding well into Winter. It will be good for the birds as well as easy on the eye for ourselves! Tree stake and tie to give it a good start.

It’s funny how some plants just fell into the trolley, they weren’t even on the wish-list!

Here are a Hebe ‘Silver Anniversary’, a Loropetalum ‘Ruby Snow’ and a Myrtus communs variegata.

Also bought a Weigela ‘All Summer Monet’, a Cytisus racemosus with gorgeous zingy yellow flowers and a lovely perfume along with an Erysimum ’Bowles’s Mauve’ purely I love them and mine had turned too woody.

We stopped to stand and drink a take-out coffee, no seats yet but the coffee was good so no worries about standing.

Indoors now to find a bird seed feeder, some Ericaceous compost and, hopefully, a product to kill off the ever growing moss in the lawn as there’s no way we’re going to be scarifying it!

Oh, it was so good to have gone out for a couple of hours and returned with some plants. It’s the little things at the moment that cheer me up!

Take care everyone, enjoy the warmer weather we are forecast for a few days.

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Looks like your outing was successful,Shirley....lots of planting to look forward to.Good selection of plants.

29 Mar, 2021


what a super trip out even if only for a short time. I haven't ventured out yet.
you have got your self some nice plants there.
I find Bowles Mauve is easy to take cuttings of.

29 Mar, 2021


Thanks Julie ... I have to leave all the new plants in their pots until we have had a new path built! OH told me this afternoon that he asked the builders to pave through the archway too so that means some plants, bulbs will need re-siting which isn't it the best time of year to do so ... grrr!

Sbg, we have only ventured about 4 miles away from home for months, apart from a longer drive to have our vaccinations, so today felt liberating! I have taken cuttings of Bowles often but the last specimen I had was removed before I had thought of taking any. Another senior moment ... :o(

29 Mar, 2021


I’m pleased you managed to get out to a GC you enjoy visiting, Shirley. You’ve definitely fulfilled your wish list today! Good to see! You’ve picked up some lovely plants and extra essentials. It was such a bonus that the weather was smashing today. I’m looking forward to seeing all of your new buys all planted up.
I’m betting you feel quite cheerful this evening! ☺️

29 Mar, 2021


good one there , Can't go wrong with malus , are you making any jelly with the fruits ? Hebes are lovely . Must visit GC before work returns

29 Mar, 2021


I so envy you Shirley. It’s the little things like buying plants for your garden, planning and pottering about that makes us gardeners happy. Like Audrey Hepburn saying “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow”. So glad you enjoyed yourself and possibly feeling more optimistic about the future.

29 Mar, 2021


Kate, I'm certainly feeling cheerful as we went out again this morning in search of bedding plants for two manger baskets. Found a lovely selection and also some more plants for the garden!

Paul, we are hoping the fruits will be good for the birds to eat.

Thanks Ams for your kind words ... definitely feeling like my gardening 'Mo-jo' has returned after the long dull Winter when I did lose interest.

30 Mar, 2021


I did wonder if you’d be busy today, getting organised with all,your lovely new buys! You’re definitely making the most of the new freedom and the smashing weather!!!
Looking forward to seeing all your new plants all planted out and posted on here!

30 Mar, 2021


Sounds like you had a lovely time and got some really nice plants. Those cutting of Bowles Mauve you sent me few years back did so well. I even took cutting and gave to some friends and family yet for some reason this winter killed mine. Love it so much and it's so good at giving long colour, it's on my shopping list to replace it 😀

30 Mar, 2021


Kate, yesterday I dug up some Primroses to re-site them all to one area and just hope they will flourish. I watered them in and will probably do that again tomorrow.

Jen, I'm pleased those cuttings thrived in your garden. The original plant did become woody after a while so this one should enable me to take more cuttings at some point. I find it flowers virtually all year.

31 Mar, 2021


I know what you mean Shirley! Just getting in the car and going for a drive does us good! Our main garden centre is about half an hours drive from here and we went the other day and I also have plants that " fall" into the trolley! Haha!

2 Apr, 2021


Well done Rose . . . it's such a tonic for us gardeners!

Earlier today we had our son, daughter-in-law and 8 year old grandaughter round. Oh, it was so good to be out in the garden with them, cuddles but not kisses, hot cross buns too! :o)

2 Apr, 2021

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