Good morning to all: Another dark day! Going to rain later
It was so bright yesterday. Now I realise that having children is so expensive. I wish I had transferred the insurance policy to son earlier as it's just ghastly that he had to start from scratch with no claim bonus.
That's why I don't look at gardening catalogue any more! They go straight to the bin.
I really must dig up all my salvias. Can't bear the idea that they are going to die. A lot to do after the rain has stopped this morning.
Blackie is now very attention seeking. When I called his name, he would come running and as soon as he's very near me, he would turn and walk away, but always nearby! I would pick him up and hold him like a baby and face his tummy towards the sun. Heart-breaking that he's the only one left.
I have only got one Wasp and it's has been snapped off! Either by my foot or Blackie. Picked up the bud from the ground and it's a beauty! Long and elongated petals and strong and impressive and distinctive marking.
See how close my admirer is! Blackie literally stood next to me when I took the photo!
What a beauty!
I will be grumpy if this is NOT Mr Grumpy! It has all the hallmark!
One yellow one!? Could be Madelaine, Wendy's Gold, Primrose Warburgh
Going to be GLORIOUS DAY for all of us Sunday. Very little rain! What a nice prospect to look forward to!
It was terribly windy yesterday. The wind chill factor lowered the temperature dramatically. At about 1pm, a dark cloud came over, I retired Blackie as I thought it was going to rain. Blackie was cheated a few hours of freedom as the sun was still out 4pm.
A new stained Glass bloom
This is now more or less fully open! A new pinkie with exaggerated ruffled collar!
Dug up Salvia Amante, Black and Blue and Amistad and all the names are confused. Now they all look the same as one another! Only one can be labelled Paten and it's nearly totally dead, apart from one tiny shoot. Hope is encapsulated in this tiny bit of green!
Very first daff
Finally, she is fully open! A long teasing game!
Have a nice day, everybody! Wrap up well!
Forgot to mention: bought a packet of dahlia pompons from Wilko yesterday. They had some dahlias, gypso, astilbe out yesterday. Not a lot .. but something to look forward to.
Poor Newcastle fan got hit in the worst area and his face has gone viral! Social media can be so cruel! Can't blame them for celebrating. Big match today in Anfield! Couldn't believe my eyes when Ben Stokes dropped the ball 3 times. Thank heavens that we have Dom Bess, an accidental sub!
Now, I really realise how expensive it is to have children. Car insurance £1k, and then on top of that £70 breakdown. £150 for road tax. I wish I had transferred the car title to him and he could have accumulated 5 years of no claim bonus. To reduce my credit card bill, I transferred £3 to the credit card bill account. The money was not in that account, phoned up the credit card company, only to find that I transferred it to 2005 instead of 6005 account! . The credit card bill won't be due for that amount until mid March. That was only to absorb the shock. The optics of not seeing the money just shocked me beyond belief!
A new double
Some precious yellow snowdrop
Diggory - First one and a very dirty one.
Diggory should really look like this
Enjoy your glorious Sunday! Might go to the allotment to see what jewels there might be!
Hi feeling better now self inflicted , went out last night for another 30th birthday I am see a lot of these at the moment with more to come. My cold more a less gone must of burnt it off with the alcohol.
That the biggest reason I don't really want to learn how to drive with the price of insurance, its about £2000 to drive my dad van . it sounds a lot for your Son alp it normally cheaper when you get over 25 unless he younger .
I got an email back today regarding the Hellebore , I asked if he had a list of other types but unfortunately he doesn't but if I want a certain colour / pattern / shape he can pick them out for me instead, I dont know what I fancy yet so is they anything special I should look out for alp ?
I was going to ask after you, Perki! When your brain is addled with alcohol, you wouldn't remember your cold, Perki! 30 years old! So young! Enjoy your life!
Yes, insurance after an accident, your fault or not, is just astronomical. Neighbour is now driving a Dodger old banger which cost him £850, he told me that his car insurance went up a lot. Coming from a Merc to a Dodger must be painful!
Insurance 450 excess! Ouch! Nearly £1000 for premium. He's 24! Ouch! He's been driving since 2013 September. Every year, it's £600 plus!
Unfortunately, I haven't seen mine in flower! It's all my fault. I kept digging my hellebores and snowdrops up. Some in pots and they haven't flower! I might buy it from ebay. That's a nice man selling the exact thing you want. I do believe I have bought it from Wales, but no flower in sight. Having said that it's still too early. Ask Zenj. Don't think his other hellebores are in flowers. I hope I can see it flower this year and might be able to cut a bit for you. I was toying with the idea of buying another one, but after all this outgoing, I need to tighten my belt.
Spring must be here, Johnny and DrCase are both out. Glad to hear from you both. Hope you're both keeping well.
Glorious day yesterday! It was soooooo cold and frosty and one nursery removed all the plants inside their polytunnels. Literally, 4/5 of the tables were empty, such was the severity of the frost. Another one had condensation dripping from its tall, lovely domed cover. Just drip, drop, drip drop!
GCs are so sensitive to calendar! All the Christmas stuff was reduced and outdoor pricy furniture, with cushions and tables, is all the rage again!
Bought some dahlias, and hoping for some sideshoots. Saw Crazy Love and Hazy Day, Boogie Woogie! Oh, dear! Where are mine?????
Son took a pic of Ceres Anemone hellebore x 2 from T&M. I really still have the label this time and I think it is the right on the top right hand corner.
For once, they sent me what the labels said! Confidence is partially restored. This looks like a nice collection.
Before I go, would like to share this joke:
World No 229 Elliot Benchetrit asks ball-girl to PEEL HIS BANANA during Australian Open qualifier before umpire tells the Frenchman off!
Hello alp, well no, spring is quite far off yet. Two days ago our temp was -32C but the Pacific air made it over the mountains and today it is +6C. Getting things organized for germinating seed. Begonia seeds are germinated, but now I wait until the end of Feb to start other seed.
Do you still have your chickens?
We're -1 now and I have lit up 4 candles in the lean-to just to keep my plants a bit warmer. It's cold here as the radiator has not kicked in.
I have taken a lot of cuttings, but not a lot of sowing, apart from putting some almond, pecan, walnut and hazelnut nuts into various pots. Today, I will try papaya seeds. Yesterday, whilst digging up my Desdemona snowdrop, I suddenly saw a label - Sour Grapes penstemon! I couldn't believe myself - I knew I had planted it in a prominent position. I then had had no idea where the whole plant went. I took cuttings of the same clump and thought it was Arabesque Red F1. It turned out that I planted them next to each other in a sunny area and they had grown happily and merged into one big clump. I had labelled all the cuttings from that clump as Arabesque Red F1.
All my chickens have met horrific deaths bar Blackie who is a very dithering bird. I tried him to fly from a height and he was secretly enjoying it. Whenever I called his name, he would come running; but when he's a bit near me, he changed route..I feel like I have a loyal dog following me.
So after all the confusion, this snowdrop is a Greatorex - a cross between double Flore pleno and a nivalis and this is called Desdemona with green stripes at the tips.
A lemonade / yellow hellebore anemone - quite dainty. I'm going to duster some pollen from some maroon hellebore on the stigma to see what I can end up with! Rather pretty!
Perhaps Wendy's Gold
Hepatica acutiloba - how boring! I wish I had parted with £1 more to get a strong powdery blue!
But hey, this IS my first Hepatica!
Whilst I surfed through another old thread to try to look for some names for my hellebores, I've found out that a lot of my favorites are missing!
I have actually located my white double hellebore with red edges. Unfortunately, no flower or bud!
Just when I was thinking of replacing my Samsung camera, I have found out that it allows for after shoot zoom in and trimming! Amazing!
As the camera has been a bit temperamental, I clicked on the display to check if I had snapped the bird. Saw the bird as in the first 2 pics which was the maximum zoom out. Somehow I fiddled with the zoom in lever and got the last photo i.e a right close up on the bird and it asked me the dummy if I wanted to TRIM it! Of course! What a wonderful close up this has been. What a dummy I have been!
Same for this Wendy's Gold!
So cold this morning. Only good thing was that I could walk safely in the garden without fear of slipping!
To discover my £90 camera which is nearly dying to have that capability was simply amazing. It's this little camera that has helped me to photograph all my flowers. It can't handle orange or close up clearly. Now I know the latter was my fault. I really like Japanese. Korean and Chinese technologies. I really wanted to buy a Hydundai, but the prices were steep. The cars i10 are all very small, just like Toyota Aigo. The interior of my Ford is horribly cheap, no reverse warning, no electronic rear window wind down facility. I hope it is a good runner though. I really like a gold B max which was 1.25 Titanium, with automatic folding front mirrors, but it was gold, old .. 14 or 13 reg and we're already 2020!
Hope sunshine will punch some holes in the clouds
Exciting football results last night! Glad that didn't include Liverpool!
This new beauty has a hint of lilac rather than pink! Fully open now. Only one in the garden!
A subtle ruffled pink. Another new one.
When I looked around gcs, I asked myself, "Why are you here? You've all the prettier ones at home!" Sadly some missing!
Its been quite nice at time today even warm I've had just my t shirt on most of the day . Fog though but with living quite high up it settles in the valleys instead but it did get really foggy again late in the afternoon and tomorrow supposed to be the same.
I liking the Hellborus really nice , the last picture alp is the exact same as the one I am after double white Picotee . My hellebore isn't even growing yet, I did move it late last year , snowdrops are jsut peaking through but next door snowdrops are nearly flowering.
My camera a Sony Rx 100 V I got very cheap 2nd hand off ebay, i like it but the zoom isn't rite good . I keeping thinking about selling because phones are getting really good cameras , its still better than phone camera but for how much longer ? technically it should always take a better picture due to the sensor size but software / camera tricky are making up for it in phones.
I thought you had a panny, Zenj! I really want to buy a canon but last time the £699 one reduced to £300 window was closed before I wanted to buy it. It's a lot of money. Now that I have paid my enormous credit card bill, I feel more relaxed. The penalty is that I am being rewarded with horrible piano playing every day. The piano had been touched after he left uni. It's like 4 year plus!
I nearly bought a Nikon, only to find it took 2 x AA batteries! You've got to be kidding! It's like burning a hole in your pocket! Yes, that lens is very useful. I need to find out more about your model, Zenj! Now that I've found this zoom and trim function, I love this little Samsung even more! On youtube, there were an English man critiquing camera with an American. The Englishman was very knowledgeable and he ran the show. He was saying how useful it is to have a movable screen!
Our last Canon didn't inspire confidence. A few pixels died and there was something else wrong.
Perki: it's a good idea to play around the camera with the manual. It's fun to find out function which I thought never existed. Who would have thought I could zoom in and trim the photo AFTER it has been take with a max-ed out zoom? Amazing! Just think about all the horrible photos I had taken of tiny flowers like snowdrops which were invariably close ups and blurred.
To look for my missing hellebores, I went into our previous threads and saw the date February! Apparently, I am too early to be complaining! You could actually buy that one on ebay! I emailed the man in Kent, he said it was too early to send them with buds. So I decided against it. I had also bought tons of seeds from Ashwood. I dug to much and so often that I don't even where they have gone! Suffice to say, I have millions of tiny seedlings coming out everywhere!
I think PG is trying to phase out polypropylene in its teabags as my mouth is now full of tea granules. All the bags are leaking. No wonder the 240 bag box is now being reduced to £3!
The whole of yesterday was miserably and spitty. Not raining, but spitting. Very foggy and very wet as well!
Talked to a man in Homebase. He bought nearly 10 fruit trees. He told me that he's a gardener and had moved to Cornwall where he had 160 acres of land which he had bought for £1.3m! Amazing! He said he and his wife decided that they were no longer young and retired to Cornwall. He said they used to pay £3000 for electricity bill and now they are completely off grid. He said from September onward, he only had 3 straight days of sunshine! I wonder how many slugs and snails he had to contend with.
Neighbour told me that in 2 years' time he would like to move to Somerset or Devon with his girlfriend and might take her mum if she's still alive. The man is a saint. The woman had mum, sons, daughter in law and a baby on tow! The house is like a tardie .. full of people. Crumbs! I hope I move be
My rooster suddenly discovered one of his life's joys - mud bath. I removed some plants to the front as hedge and planted some irises. Blackie suddenly removed some soil and sat in a hole for an hour plus, rolling around and turning its stomach towards the sky. Very touching to see. I think they must have been pre-programmed to have this kind of mud baths. After that, he was muddy and not nice to hold.
Due to the lack of sunshine, none of my buds were willing to unfold and I had to tease the petals apart to get a good look. Ceres from T&M. Not bad!
It was spitting on and off yesterday and I gave up the ghost. Did spring to action and went to post office after 2pm just to miss a collection. Such a lot of stuff from the post office to be sent around the country. Came back and basically did nothing. The day before yesterday, I removed as much as possible some Acanthus mollis. They are literally thugs here. They were embedded between some cistus and some camellia and in the process of clearing them, I snapped a big branch of cistus. Acanthus roots are still there. Such a nightmare! Fat and vigorous long roots which tap right into the dry clay and if I snap them, more will come up. The horrible thing is that I didn't cut off the flowering spikes and there were tons of seedlings coming from those spikes. Some hidden problem needs to be tackled soon.
Last night, it was raining and very foggy! Such miserable weather really saps my desire to go out and dig new grounds.
Went to Wilko and parted with more money - got my Hazy Day dahlia again!