Friday, 15 April 2016

Happy Weekend!

It's been a wet day here in sunny South Devon.

(But the garden needs it!)

So what to do?

Well, we nipped up the road to a place called 'Plants Galore'.

I have to admit that it's not my favourite place; I try to like it but I fail, miserably!

I yearn for the old fashioned nurseries of yesterday!

I don't even like the modern garden centres,

 that pack in all things that are in no way connected with gardening!

'Plants Galore', does however stick to plants and garden sundries

and it's a 'stone's throw', so I've made my yearly

visit and that's it!

I came home with some very tasty Primula, which needed

instant re-potting... as they were bursting out of their pots

not to mention dry as a bone!

But they look good now!

And I have to admit that they look to be strong and healthy.

 I also grabbed two Lewisia. 

Now then, here's an interesting fact:

These delightful plants are named after  Meriwether Lewis

of 'Lewis and Clark' fame.

I  actually didn't know this... but I have a very able and knowledgeable 

gardening mate who is also nosing in books to find out more!


This tray of jolly Pansies also came back down the hill

with me;  I cannot resist Pansies, their merry faces cheer me, no end,

as do these old mugs, which have seen better days but

I think are rather lovely to be homes to two of my plants.

I am really loving the garden this April! ;-)

I'm now settling down to watch my favourite programme of the week,

Gardeners' World.

Happy weekend, to you all!

Sunday, 10 April 2016

What's occurring?!!;-)

T'is time to take a look at the greenhouse area and see what's occurring!!

I've been especially pleased with my old sinks, sited just outside the greenhouse,

which contain Lavender, Cowslips, Pansies and Anemone Blanda.

I have to admit that in my many years of gardening, I've never grown Comfrey from seed!

Until now, that is!! Germination!

Excitement reigns!!

Excitement reigns all over the greenhouse, actually!!

I have Fuchsias, Antirrhinums, Primula...

Sweet peas, Zinnia, Cosmos, Geraniums, Pansies...

To name but a few!

In the ground, I have Sunflowers (Tall and not so tall), Pot Marigolds

...and more Sweet Peas ( climbers and not so climbing!) 


And I've plenty of summer flowering bulbs yet to plant...these were all

presents to me and I'm looking forward to seeing the end results

come the summer !

Meanwhile,  just below the greenhouse, this little bank of Polyanthus

 and Primroses, always brings a smile to my face!

My personal preference is the old fashioned primrose...I love it.

Down near the wild bank, I have a newly cleared area to garden this year; 

it's not very big but it's big enough to grow Sunflowers, Sweet Peas, Marigolds 

(The English pot variety, naturally!)

as well as some Hellebore, which should look 

lovely come next winter.

I've also left a space for some Rhubarb crowns!

I love our wild bank at this time of year ! 

It's all neat and tidy; just waiting patiently to spring into action!

I have a wealth of wild flower plants all coming along quite nicely and

 in no time at all they will be ready to make that journey down the garden

... to their new home on the bank!

Hopefully, the bees and butterflies will love this!

And, talking of banks... the old bank, running along our boundary, is covered in


In Nich's old plot, I have the healthiest looking Foxgloves...

And when I'm not around to oversee things, there's my trusty aid...

It's April and I'm well on top of things and loving the garden

and what it has to offer.

Not forgetting the potting shed where there is always plenty to do!