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Snowdrops

Snowdrops

Out of the cold and dark of January comes… our first snowdrop!  For a month where we have really seen enough of the real snowdrops, this small flower shows that life is starting to come back.  Roll on spring time, but for now we are happy to see these first signs of a new year.

These snowdrops, now appearing all over the front garden, where ones we got a couple of years ago from BBC Gardeners World magazine.

Snowdrops

Snowdrops

Out of the cold and dark of January comes… our first snowdrop! For a month where we have really seen enough of the real snowdrops, this small flower shows that life is starting to come back. Roll on spring time, but for now we are happy to see these first signs of a new year.

These snowdrops, now appearing all over the front garden, where ones we got a couple of years ago from BBC Gardeners World magazine.

It is Finally Tree O' Clock

Tree O' Clock

A bit late, BBC Tree O’ Clock was on the 5th of December 2009 (see http://www.bbc.co.uk/breathingplaces/treeoclock/)  but for that I was unable to find any of the trees available. A week later I happened to be a in garden centre and I noticed a whole load of Tree O’ Clock trees looking all a bit lost and forgotten. They suggested I take what I wanted, and so I did. The next week, it snowed! So finally today, with a bit of ice still on the ground in places, I planted all four of the trees.

Tree O’ Clock was a great idea but strangly not really promoted. It was only by chance listening to the Alternative Kitchen Podcast (http://coopette.com/akg/) that I heard about it the day before they were meant to be all planted. I wonder how many of these trees will come to anything in the years, I wonder if the BBC will do a follow up each year for people to submit their photos year after year?

It is Finally Tree O' Clock

Tree O' Clock

A bit late, BBC Tree O’ Clock was on the 5th of December 2009 (see http://www.bbc.co.uk/breathingplaces/treeoclock/)  but for that I was unable to find any of the trees available. A week later I happened to be a in garden centre and I noticed a whole load of Tree O’ Clock trees looking all a bit lost and forgotten. They suggested I take what I wanted, and so I did. The next week, it snowed! So finally today, with a bit of ice still on the ground in places, I planted all four of the trees.

Tree O’ Clock was a great idea but strangly not really promoted. It was only by chance listening to the Alternative Kitchen Podcast (http://coopette.com/akg/) that I heard about it the day before they were meant to be all planted. I wonder how many of these trees will come to anything in the years, I wonder if the BBC will do a follow up each year for people to submit their photos year after year?

Chocolate Cosmos

I ordered these via a special offer in the BBC Gardeners World magazine quite a while ago.  Last month they wrote to tell me that there would be a delay, and this month they arrived.  Unfortunately they arrived while we were away for a couple of days and then I could not get out to the garden for a week to do anything with them, so I left them unpacked with plenty of water and shade until I was ready.   Out of six, two of them look like they will probably not make it.

These have now all been planted in the newly cleared out bit of flower bed along the driveway in the front garden.  This is an area that I have been clearing for sometime.  It was once pebbles and overtime it turned into out of control wild grass.  It will then take a long time to fully clear it all, but for now there is a little stretch which needs planting up.   The Cosmos went in big hole which were filled with compost.  The soil is very very stony (it is nearly impossible to remove all the pebbles!) and so I dug a huge hole for each – hopefully this should give it something to get started in.

So now all planted, I am preparing to cross my fingers for the winter and we shall see how it all turns out in the spring next year.

Sweet Potatoes Slowly Grow

Having never grown Sweet Potatoes before it has been quite exciting with the seeds we got from the BBC DigIn scheme.   Two things are clear, Sweet Potatoes are very much courgette like (and we are still under huge courgette load here!) in how they grow.  The other, they take a long long time to grow and I suppose we won’t see anything for some months yet.

Until that time, they make a fantastic big flower in the morning that lasts just hours until it folds back up again, and so giving the garden some bright flower while others are still getting started for the day.

Herbs in grow bags

This is something I spotted in BBC Gardners World magazine last year and it has taken until now to put it into practice.   You can plant either herbs or salad leaves or a bit of both.   We went with herbs and both Tom and Jack choose which ones to have (from a list) and sowed their own seeds which are all labeled in the photo here.  The rules are simple, six rows well spaced out, no big plants that needs lots of root space or will take over the whole bag.   Fantastic idea for cut and come again salad leaves and when the row gets too big or starts to go to seed you can just scoop that row out and then re-sow.

We may get a second bag for salad leaves which will then feature beetroots for their small leaves when still young and before the root have developed.   Raddishes too might be an idea, sowing two rows a bit after each other in turn.