Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Weekend gardening

This weekend the weather was fantastic for getting out into the garden.  It was bright and sunny and dry, not too cold, but warm enough to be comfortable and to start to feel the warmth of the sun on your back as you worked.


So of course the only logical thing to do - as well as some actual gardening of course - was to take some pictures to share with you!


Sadly my geraniums did not make it through the winter in the this little greenhouse.  They all perished as they seemed to get some sort of mould.  They did live very well until recently so it was sad.  The only thing to do was to toss the plants, I will clean out the pots and start again when the weather is warmer.  The good news is that the little greenhouse has held up well!


Better news was to be found in my pots of house leeks (Sempervivum's), this pot is full of offsets which I potted on last year and you can see that they have not only survived, but are having babies - a sure sign of growth!


The grape vine was looking rather scraggly - messy! - so it had a good haircut, cutting back to a bud and it will be sprouting again very soon I am sure.



Everywhere there are signs of new growth.  The roses are coming into leaf and there are bluebells popping up all over the place.  I know that I should be glad for them, but gosh they do get into a lot of places!



Another good news story is the achillea in the picture above.  Oh how I have tried to grow these plants.  I love them so much, and every time that I have planted one before it has died and disappeared over the winter.  This one is still with us though - yay!!!!  I think that the very mild winter has helped. 


There are things popping up all over the place now, the green shoots above are daylilies.


As you have heard me mention several thousand times before we have trouble with the squirrel eating the bulbs we plant.  So I tend to grow them in pots and then move them around the garden, plus it means that I have pots ready to go out by the front door and can easily change them around.  That is why there is a pot of daffodils and another of irises in the herb bed!

This is the first time that I have grown irises and I am very pleased with these.  Although, there were more bulbs planted.  That means that Mr Squirrel has had some.......




I think that I confused some of you with my rhubarb pictures on Friday, they were from May last year.  This is the current rhubarb situation.  The plant that you can see below is the one that always comes first and then sulks and disappears.  The other is far more vigorous.  It is just starting to put out leaves so I decided to have a go at forcing it.  That is why it is now covered in a pot with the slab on top.  The slab is twofold, to keep the pot in place and to block out any light - that is what makes the rhubarb go.  I have never tried this before, so we will see what happens.  Nothing ventured nothing gained though.



Mr Squirrel hasn't been totally successful in his mission to replant all of my bulbs in other peoples gardens though.  These tulips are coming up - result! - and some daffs that I put in by the rhubarb are doing well.

I will take you round the rest of the garden tomorrow!

Amy

47 comments:

  1. You have a vibrant garden ... That's great !!! Have fun in it and thanks for sharing it with us ...

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  2. Your post has just reminded me that I anted out my broad bean seedlings at the week end and I forgot to pidgeon proof them. I better go and check and see if I have any left. Ahhhhh...

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  3. Hello Amy,

    I do love Spring when everything is opening and beginning to grow, your garden is showing just that.
    I love your Daffodils and Iris with it's soft gentle colours. Well done with the Tulips.

    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  4. You have some beautiful spring bulbs growing everywhere, I planted Iris for the first time too. I have just planted out some cheap summer bulbs to add some colour.

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  5. Lovely photos, Amy. Spring really is springing! Yay! :o)

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  6. The garden is looking lovely and I love seeing all your bulbs come up. I do miss the amount I had in my last garden. I quite often put my pics on the blog. Thanks for the quick peek and look forward to seeing more as it fills out. Hope Mr. Squirrel has had his fill now. Take care.

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  7. It's looking lovely in your garden, the houseleeks are a triumph. I have a rhubarb that sulks and disappears as well, I thought it was just me. I'm giving it one more chance this year, but if it doesn't do well I shall have to replace it. No room on the plot for underperformers! It's nice to be back outside whipping everything into shape isn't it. And lovely to see everything springing to life again. CJ xx

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  8. Lovely pictures, I wish my garden was so well organised. I feel inspired to get out and inspect my garden, who knows what I'll find.

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  9. Oh Amy I've really enjoyed your garden tour - it's such an exciting time of year! Jane x

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  10. Wonderful photos, Amy!
    It's lovely you have so beautiful plants in your garden already now.
    Thank you for sharing!

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  11. It is so lovely to be able to get out and about again in the warm sunshine. I always feel I should do more in the garden during the winter months, but it takes blue skies to get me out again. Happy gardening Amy.

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  12. I'm green...
    I am so looking forward to be out in the garden.
    Thanks for sharing with me.
    So exciting to see things growing,
    Woolie Hugs

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  13. It is always exciting to see the new growth and spring flowers! blessings ~ tanna

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  14. We've got two rhubarb plants but neither of them have grown much yet. I like the idea of forcing them, won't try it this year as they've both been transplanted to the allotment so are probably feeling a bit sorry for themselves!

    I like your irises :)

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  15. It's so wonderful to see signs of life in your garden. It'll be awhile yet before we are at this stage (we still have snow), but your post gives me hope that Spring will eventually reach us.

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  16. Isn't it exciting seeing all those shoots? Fewer here but they're coming, I'm sure!

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  17. It's a lovely time of year with everything starting in to growth again and all the spring bulbs popping through and flowering. It's a shame about your geraniums, I lost a couple but the rest have come through winter well.

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  18. It is a lovely garden and the flowers in bloom are gorgeous. I also love succulents. Cheers,

    Sandra

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  19. It's looking great already, Amy. I love the feeling of getting the yard ready after winter. I started my pruning about three weeks ago and finished it by this past weekend. We're ready to go and I even have a tulip in bloom now!

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  20. Hey Amy,
    My Achillia has survived too. Result! The garden is full of signs of life. It gives me high hopes for the summer.
    Leanne x

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  21. Nasty mister squirrel ;-)
    Here, not only the squirrels "attack" my bulbs, but also birds !! I have seen blackbirds in the garden, digging up bulbs... go figure...
    And geraniums, I never had one that survived winter... so I prefer to buy new ones each year, in stead of trying to "hibernate" them. In season, they are very cheap over here (in the UK as well ?)

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  22. Your garden's looking good, and I'm very pleased to see your Sempervivums looking so healthy - I love houseleeks! xx

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  23. Your garden is so impressive as there is so much going on. Mine is terribly hit and miss/neglected but I live in hope of developing ability with the outdoors and having the time to do it.

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  24. Lovely photos, Amy - we've managed to do some gardening here too recently as it is warmer now. Those pesky squirrels do love the crocus and iris bulbs - we've tried putting them in pots but they dig them out of there as well. I've lost a couple of geranium plants too not sure if they got cold or had an infestation:)

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  25. Such pretty things in your pictures this morning, Amy. I remember when my brother and I used to raid the rhubarb patch in the spring and cut out a stalk to much on raw. Ugh! it was so sour!

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  26. I love your garden! So many pretty plants! Spring is the most exciting time of year I think. Yay my plants are back!! I solved my wimpy rhubarb issue, I dig it up divided it and gave it to my friends and neighbours. Rhubarb is a heavy feeder and the big one next to it was just dominating it, I pull out Achilleas by the handfuls here, funny how a different climates supports different plants. We are considered semi arid desert here, I would love love love to have some bluebells in my garden!

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  27. Your garden is looking lovely - coming to life and neat and tidy. The temperature has really dropped today - it's back to freezing!

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  28. Nice garden, iris's don't do well for me, they come up, but they don't bloom. What you call house leeks we call Hen and Chicks. We grew them in California, but it's too wet here for them.

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  29. Naughty Mr. Squirrel! I'm glad he hasn't eaten all of your bulbs. The ones left are looking nice, as well as the other plants around your garden. Sorry about the geraniums though. But we'll done to the little greenhouse for surviving the winter. X

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  30. It's all looking fabulous, Amy. Something ate our rhubarb recently - and it wasn't me; the current suspect is a pheasant - does that make sense?

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  31. Wow! Your garden is HUGE!!!!! Hopefully the squirrel left you some bulbs.

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  32. You have a lot coming up in your garden, Amy! I can't wait to see it in full bloom. Good luck with the rhubarb forcing :)

    xo

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  33. Wow aren't you lucky Amy! It's so nice to see signs of Spring in your area. You are going to have a nice garden. I love the daffodil flowers, so pretty.
    Julie xo

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  34. The garden seems to have fared very well ove the winter...sorry about the geraniums. Mine (in the basement) didn't make it either. My aunt always had the greatest success overwintering hers, but she had a partially sunny basement and she remembered to water every now and then...I don't remember. It is a pleasure to see the happy daffies. We'll not be seeing them here anytime soon.

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  35. It is so nice to see the green shoots and the daffodil blooms in your garden. It does my heart good. Enjoy these early spring days of new growth.

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  36. Your garden looks a nice place to be on a sunny yet fresh afternoon, I can never manage to get geraniums to live through the winter either, even if I keep them in the house I still manage to kill them !
    Amanda xx

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  37. Oh Amy this is so handy for me as I begin to garden. It was lovely at the weekend and I set too as well. Yesterday I planted Geraniums which I have put in pots by the front door and have been delighted by them every time I come home, however I think from reading your post that I might be a bit early with them. The white Iris are gorgeous, they always remind me of my grandad his whole garden was full of them. Yes we have squirrel issues too. Can't wait to see the rest x

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    1. Hi Lisa, if you have them by the door and they don't get too cold or frosted they should be fine. If it does get really cold throw something over them to keep them warm, an old sheet, some sheets of newspaper, anything to keep the frost off. They should be fine by now as it shouldn't get too too cold! Good luck with them! xx

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    2. Oh thanks for this Amy, they are right by the door but, I think frost is forecast for tonight so I will go and sort out some old tea towels. Thanks again x

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  38. How wonderful to see growth indoor garden. Mine are just emerging from the snow, but I'm very optimistic that mine will have growth soon too :)

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  39. I am lucky that my geraniums survive outside over winter, however this year my grapes have been decimated by the birds, even with a net over them. What is that gorgeous yellow bloom in your first photo?

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  40. The change of seasons, especially Spring is wondrous to watch!

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  41. You have some wonderful photos here. I love sempervivums! We have not been in our home quite a year and I need to purchase some soon!

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  42. Looks great Amy...
    I see a few daffodil sprouts here...still snow covering most everything else...
    I am hopeful!
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  43. Oh you know how I love these spring garden pics Amy! They make my soul happy & I can't get enough.

    Daffodils are just pure sunshine aren't they? Now if you could just get those squirrels to behave... lol

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  44. How utterly wonderful, Amy! I love the early gardens of spring and your photos really bring it to life.
    Amalia
    xo

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  45. It is so wonderful to spend a Springtime day in the garden.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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