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Offline ARTzeman  
#721 Posted : 02 February 2021 10:55:05(UTC)
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Some snowdrops just breaking out of their buds. Others are about TWO inches high but can see the buds beginning to form.

Some people walk in the rain.

Others just get wet.

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Offline NMA  
#722 Posted : 02 February 2021 10:56:10(UTC)
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The best and for me the only time to plant snowdrops is "in the green" i.e. when they've just flowered and with foliage. In fact if you need to split clumps, this is the best time to do so.  If you planted dry (such as desiccated leftovers from a garden centre or wherever) snowdrop bulbs in November I would think it likely you left it too late and they are no more. Maybe the same for your crocus? Tulips planted in November/December seem to be no problem and should come up and flower.

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#723 Posted : 02 February 2021 11:08:57(UTC)
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If the bulbs dried out then they will not flower.

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Others just get wet.

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Offline KBasso  
#724 Posted : 02 February 2021 12:23:44(UTC)
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Thank you, all for your kind and helpful advice.  I have just looked at my plants in my garden and the crab apple tree with it's ripe apples and the Fire Column shrub is heavy laden with red berries.  There are a lot of wildflower plants waiting to blossom.  There has been a lot of rain in Thurrock and many of my planters are flooded with rain water.

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#725 Posted : 03 February 2021 12:41:09(UTC)
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Ive been away for a while and so haven't been contributing,  Last summer we replaced a lot of our flower beds with vegetables, and i have continued that during this winter. We were endlessly watering as it was such a dry hot summer.

 I will remember this  autumn and winter as cold wet and miserable  but not exceptionally so , the lack of sunshine has been the most depressing aspect but the days are getting longer

So getting out in the garden and digging and preparing for this year , has been a 'breath of spring , especially as we have so many spring flowers pushing through and the snowdrops and early daffodils out, and also so many birds out there.  With gardening you always are looking forward and  I have just been looking at the latest  copy of https://www.gardenersworld.com/, and its now time to plant your summer bulbs!  I look forward to checking everyone's planting tips!

Lower Test Valley, 20m ASL
Offline ARTzeman  
#726 Posted : 03 February 2021 15:38:44(UTC)
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More herbs will be grown this year. Need plenty of sage and basil also chives as they are well-liked. More mint aswell. 

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Others just get wet.

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#727 Posted : 03 February 2021 16:23:56(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: ARTzeman Go to Quoted Post

More herbs will be grown this year. Need plenty of sage and basil also chives as they are well-liked. More mint as well. 

Some Old English Customs:

  • Eating sage every day in May will grant immortality
  • A woman who ate sage cooked in wine would never be able to conceive
  • Where sage grows well in the garden, the wife wears the trousers

There you have it Art.

A few years back I found particularly fragrant strain of spearmint in Waitrose I think might have been one of the sought after Moroccan strains that one of their growers cultivated. It still thrives. I love Black Peppermint too as a tisane.

Offline ARTzeman  
#728 Posted : 05 February 2021 15:25:04(UTC)
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I have placed five of the most recent containers in my shed to protect the plant from any ice and snow for the next few days.

Some people walk in the rain.

Others just get wet.

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Offline NMA  
#729 Posted : 05 February 2021 16:08:19(UTC)
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Optimistic Art. My cannas and dahlias have been in the shed all winter more to stop them becoming waterlogged.  The neighbours leave their dahlias in the ground and have got a way with it since 2014 even with the so called beast a few years ago. It's a risk I won't take though.

Offline Bertwhistle  
#730 Posted : 06 February 2021 12:01:01(UTC)
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More clumps of snowdrops flowering than I thought we had. I think maybe I've disturbed bulbs during autumn clearing of the woodland bank and spread them about a bit.

Nice drop of sunshine in the Itchen Valley today- crocuses just trying to open their eyes. I've only got orange ones out at the moment.

Mahonia smells beautiful and actually the gorse flowers have got that coconut scent that you normally get on warm spring days.

Bertie, Itchen Valley.

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Offline Retron  
#731 Posted : 28 February 2021 09:26:00(UTC)
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Having been outside earlier, chopping away some brambles, I noticed an unusual splash of colour at the edge of the lawn, an area underneath the spreading branches of my neighbour's Scots pine and hazel trees...

Sweet violet, I think, having looked online - usually found in road verges and woodlands. (Goodness knows where they've come from, but it was nice to see them regardless!)

EDIT: I went out and snfifed them. They have quite a pong which, disappointingly, doesn't smell much like those parma violet sweets (which are a favourite of mine - I love the smell of them). I guess, no surprise really, that Swizzels use fake violet flavouring in them!

 

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