Tuesday, 18 January 2011
Sunday, 16 January 2011
Yesterday I popped up to RHS Wisley in Surrey. A new tradition there is to allow exotic butterflies to flit around the new glasshouse. It's quite a sight, especially as some of them are huge! There were hundreds of people jostling to take photographs. So just for you I set off the fire alarm in order to take these shots....(not really!)
Thursday, 13 January 2011
I can't wait to get stuck into the garden now. This winter I left most of my perrenials to die back naturally. I'd like to say this was to give birds food for the winter, and wildlife somewhere to take refuge, but the truth of it is I just found it too cold in November! Come February though, I'll be out there cutting back and clearing up. I have to wait until half term to really get stuck in as I'm a full-time Primary School teacher. By the end of February everything seems to need doing at once, and Mum has to come over and help me out. Mum is the World Champion pruner. Plants quake when they see her coming. Where I slowly snip away at old growth like a hairdresser, Mum goes at it like a thing possessed, stripping plants to their underwear in a frenzy of excitement. Yet everything she touches seems to flourish. There's something to be said for the no-nonsense approach. After all, I turned out okay! Hmm...
Wednesday, 12 January 2011
Sunday, 9 January 2011
Nymans in West Sussex is one of my favourite gardens, and I'm lucky I can be there in half an hour. Today was the perfect weather for a winter stroll, so after checking the scones were up to standard I embarked upon a leisurely wander around the gardens. Not much in flower, just the odd brave Camellia bud unfurling and a few Daphne flowers, their fragrance only apparent up close. In a few weeks time the Daphne and Sarcoccoca will be wafting along the pathways making visitors turn about trying to identify the source of these divine scents. Anyway, some snaps below...
Thursday, 6 January 2011
My first bit of gardening for 2011 - planting up some pots of tulips. Now I know it's a bit late, but I'm afraid the bad weather meant I just couldn't / wouldn't venture out to plant them in December. I managed to get some in the borders in November, but I over-ordered (as usual!) so had four bags left unplanted. The thought of trying to chisel out frozen soil from pots was just too much. However, it's been a bit milder in Sussex this week so I was able to brave the elements and whack them in. Will they bloom this year? I hope so - I'll post the pics later in the year! I popped some forget-me-nots on top of the pots for the tulips to grow through so hopefully they'll look quite nice.