Thursday, April 13, 2017

Snippets from the garden


  While I'm waiting for that infernal washing machine to eat another of my socks, I thought I'd have a look at the photos I took of the garden at the weekend. I obviously wasn't paying attention to my pointing and clicking as they were a mess, and with terrible composition and lighting. Certainly not fit for human consumption.
  So, after an awful lot of cropping, I was left with these:

Beautiful red tulips. I'm not a fan of tulips but I do quite like these.

Primulas in the shady patch behind the lake pond.

My favourite paper-white daffodils behind a gorgeous hyacinth.

I can't remember what this is, but the silvery leaves and sprays of tiny blue flowers brighten up a dark spot.

Japanese maple.

More primulas.

Shooting agapanthus, fuschia, and lilies.

  I suppose I'd better get the garden in order as things are starting to grow now...?

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  1. Nice bloomers! I no longer have a garden, so it is always a treat to see these colorful offerings.

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    1. All being well, there should be another batch along soon!

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  2. Lovely! The only flowers I ever have are from the store! BUT, I will attempt basil, rosemary, and thyme this year. xoxox

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  3. They are beautiful!!!! I was wondering when you were going to bring me flowers.

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    1. I thought I'd better do something now as it's going to be quite a while before the roses bloom...

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  4. it is a wonderful time of year to potter about in the garden, watching everything practically growing before your eyes - and yes, primulas are particularly joyful right now; as the bulbs (even our tulips) and the blossoms are going over, and the herbaceous plants and bushes such as fuchsia are merely green. Jx

    PS that pretty silver leaf belongs to Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost'.

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    1. I think I noticed the aquilegias have started at yours, haven't they? I must pop over and take a look. Mine have just started, too.

      And, yes, it is "Jack Frost" - I managed to get down on my hands and knees and look at the label!

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  5. You cropped out the washing machine! I bet it's a twin tub - I now have a wonderful image of you feeding it socks.

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    1. Oh, that machine is always trying to hog the limelight! I try not to encourage it. Of course, if it were a twin-tub, then I might let it have its moment in the sun. Or at least might give it an extra sock.

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  6. Jon has ID'd your Brunnera.
    Your red tulips are lovely.I tried some once, but even after a chill in the crisper bin of the fridge, they were spectacularly unsuccessful.Well, 2 of the 6 flowered...at ground level!
    I look forward to seeing your fuschia

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    1. I hope you got them all out of the crisper and didn't end up with chopped tulip in your mince instead of shallots?

      Jon's a dear, isn't he? And I have a feeling his 20-odd varieties of fuschia will be far more spectacular than mine!

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    2. We currently have amassed 45! It should be a helluva show (alongside the rest of the garden)... Jx

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    3. Do you know? I almost put 46 as that was the number that first popped into my head. I should have stuck with it.
      (I remember that you mentioned somewhere how many fuschias you'd collected, but I couldn't remember where, and clearly couldn't be bothered to look - sorry)

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    4. To paraphrase the immortal Patsy Stone: “You can never have too many hats, gloves, and shoes - nor FUCHSIAS!”

      Jx

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    5. "Yeah. Cheers. Thanks a lot."

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    6. "Is it... a bee?"

      Jx

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    7. "Liquid lunch for me, Mrs M."

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    1. And not all of it os poisonous, so there's a plus.

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  8. What gorgeous flowers and plants! I love the vibrant colors and spectacular shapes of the plants and blossoms in your lovely, lively garden. Fantastic!

    In addition to my war on pests, I'm having to deal with fierce winds and stormy weather, messing with my lone, barely alive sweet potato. But so long as there's a leaf, there's hope! And six remaining leaves makes me hopeful.

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    1. Thank you, Eros. I meant to ask you about your sweet potato (unless I did, nad have forgotten?) - I'm glad to here its still in the land of the living.

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  9. how lovely, and useful, too, since it reminded me it's time to put in the primroses.

    I think the unidentifiable silvery leaves with blue sprays of flowers may be ajuga.

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    1. The leaves do look like the variegated Ajuga but, as Jon has informed me, it's a Brunnera. I do love Ajugas, though, and do have some dotted around the garden somewhere. Or, at least, I did last year...

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