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AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 18 Jan 2018 12:22

We have one daffodil just about out and three advanced snowdrops, the remainder are in leaf, the winter flowering jasmine is in full flower as is the winter clematis on the patio fence and some of the helebores are already flowering well and the winter pansies in a basket are giving a pretty display.. so, despite the wind rain (and snow up North and in Scotland) spring is on its way.

And it is actually sleeting at the moment!

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 16 Jan 2018 13:49

OH has been outside pruning the apple tree, I am confined indoors with this rotten cold/cough that is doing the rounds. It is sunny with a cold wind. We have one lovely white Helebore in bloom, it is probably the one known as Christmas rose, very pretty. We have others in bud. All the bulbs are growing well now, yes spring is on the way. :-) :-)

SuffolkVera

SuffolkVera Report 16 Jan 2018 13:02

Weather wise it’s been a horrible few days, very grey and very wet. Today is a bit brighter but very windy and cold.

Looking at the garden, it’s beginning to feel as though spring is on the way. Hellebores have big fat buds that are just opening up and some of the winter aconites are in bloom. It looks as though the yellow flowered witch hazel will be opening up very soon, though the copper coloured one is a bit later.

Have to start working out there again soon :-(

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 7 Jan 2018 16:46

Lovely to have them out so early. I don't know if anything is out in our garden it has been so bitterly cold today that I have not ventured out of the door.

Von

Von Report 6 Jan 2018 18:15

Ann - they are an early Cornish variety bought in Cornwall. My front garden is quite sheltered.
I must say it is nice to have them out so early as I have plenty of later ones to follow on. :-D :-D :-D

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 6 Jan 2018 17:16

Wonder why your daffodils are always out so early Von, I remember last year they were and I think the year before as well. None out here yet.

Von

Von Report 6 Jan 2018 16:22

Went out to the front garden earlier and noticed the tiny cyclamen in bloom.
Lots of daffodils in bloom now so Spring is on it's way :-D :-D :-D

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 5 Jan 2018 18:21

Certainly different Vera. Do you know all these neighbours or are they just bits of fence?-D

SuffolkVera

SuffolkVera Report 5 Jan 2018 16:24

It is odd Ann. We live in a very small cul de sac of 5 bungalows and 1 house (ours) but it is an odd shape. One side of the cul de sac is longer than the other and the end comes round in a sort of hook. We are tucked away in the hook bit and our garden is small and is sort of wide and shallow, though we have a long fenced walkway down either side of the house.

One side is shared with one neighbour. The end butts on to two gardens from another road, and the other side is also shared with two others. Part of this side is shared with the bungalow opposite ours in the “hook” and the other bit belongs to a lady in another road who sold the end of her huge garden to the house builder and that is where our house and one of the bungalows is built.

How complicated is that! It’s very difficult to describe so that you can visualise it but it works well except when you want to change the fencing ;-)

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 5 Jan 2018 14:48

That is difficult Vera, Gosh sharing with five others, how does that work out then? We just share boundaries with three, one each side and one across the bottom.

SuffolkVera

SuffolkVera Report 5 Jan 2018 12:22

I have pots with the little miniature iris and little tulips all showing through but there is no sign yet of the daffodils in the beds. I only have one type which is called February Gold. As it is an early one it ought to be showing a bit by now.

We had a fence panel down in the recent high winds so OH is reinforcing it and trying to put it back. When the house was built 9 years ago I think the builder put up the cheapest fence panels he could get and they are fairly flimsy. We would like to replace them but it will be costly as all the fences round the house are ours, although we share bits of the fence with 5 other gardens. We don't want to upset 5 other families by putting up stuff that doesn’t match the fencing round the rest of their gardens, so are not sure what to do.

Oh well, these little things are sent to try us, as they say.

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 30 Dec 2017 17:20

we have bulbs coming through already, looks like dutch Iris and snowdrops. So Spring must be on the way.

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 7 Dec 2017 22:01

Bet that is cheerful to see in the dark days of winter Gwyn

Gwyn in Kent

Gwyn in Kent Report 7 Dec 2017 07:11

They were lovely Ann.

Yesterday I visited a friend in a nearby town and remarked on her beautiful deep pink hollyhock, which is still blooming and with many more flower buds yet to fully open.
She told me that this particular plant has been known to bloom right through the winter, even when there is snow on the ground.
It's growing in a very exposed position on a hillside, so catches all the wild winds off the sea.

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 5 Dec 2017 20:43

Goodness Gwyn, they are very early, how lovely to see them though.

Gwyn in Kent

Gwyn in Kent Report 5 Dec 2017 20:16

I was amazed to see beautiful tall yellow narcissus in full bloom growing in a flower bed in a garden near here yesterday.

3 stems of flowers were fully open and many other flower heads were fully formed and will open this week.

I don't know the variety, but the flowers are bright yellow with orange centres. There are several flowers on each stem.

Quite beautiful in the December sunshine.

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 22 Nov 2017 17:11

Other people's gardens are fascinating aren't they Gwyn?

We still have a basket with million bells in flowering, not particularly sheltered and not been looked after at all for a while, must be stubborn plants. :-D

Gwyn in Kent

Gwyn in Kent Report 19 Nov 2017 20:08

Very little blooming in my garden other than a few self-seeded marigolds, which seem to thrive no matter what sort of weather we have.My garden has been somewhat neglected these last 2 years, - something I hope to put right, when this winter is over.
I enjoy looking over garden walls though, especially when on the bus.

Locally I saw some lovely deep red hollyhocks on the same day that I saw a cluster of snowdrop blooms in the garden of the hospice in Ashford.
Waiting for a bus last week, I noticed tall daffodil leaves about 9 inches high. I was surprised to see a fully formed bud ready to open. This was tucked up close to a wall on it's west side, so I guess it was well sheltered. This is not my usual stop, but I'll have to walk that way this week to see how it's doing.

SuffolkVera

SuffolkVera Report 18 Nov 2017 22:04

Looks as though I just about managed to get the garden ready for winter before the frosts came. We've had a couple of really cold, frosty nights, enough to ice up the bird bath.

I did have an azalea in a pot outside and it is just beginning to bloom again. The frosts have not done it any good at all. It was given to me last February, a big plant in a tiny pot, so I repotted it into a bigger glazed and decorated pot and it has been doing well in the garden. Trouble is there was no ticket or instructions or anything with it so I don't know if it was meant to be an indoors plant or a garden plant. I've put it in the conservatory now but we don't really see the beauty of it there so I am wondering if it will be OK if I put it in the living room or whether that will be too warm for it. Any ideas?

Went to a nice garden centre on Thursday and had a snack lunch and then bought a few bits and pieces. I got 30 really healthy looking pansies for £10 so that will brighten up the spot by the front door.

TessAkaBridgetTheFidget

TessAkaBridgetTheFidget Report 17 Nov 2017 23:09

Got some stuff at the garden centre a couple of weeks or so ago. Have been rather busy 9some of the time in the garden).
will be back in a few days to tell you all about it!