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Saturday, 18 April 2009

Bit of a tidy up

Ah, doesn't it look all nice and clean? All I need now is for that pesky clematis to cover the first trellis and hide the bins... not much new to report, other than a general sweep up and minor reorganisation; some plants have got a bit bigger, some are new (but too small to see really), some have been chewed by snails... things are generally good though.

Apart from the squirrel-damage, the front garden is also perking up and there are some actual flowers out there too now (well, a few, anyway) - the first of the meadow flowers has also started blooming, though it's not really impressive enough to bother photographing. The lilies and liatris are doing really well and even the hedge is starting to look less like a row of sticks. The pieris flowers have mostly faded now but it's sprouting some fantastic red leaves at the top, it's a great little plant.

Sunday, 12 April 2009

State of play at Easter

The three remaining tulips. There should have been about 8, and I wanted to hold off photographing them until the perennial cornflowers were out as they looked very good together last year, but the squirrels have been busy biting the tulip heads off and have also massacred the cornflowers, so this may be all the show we get this year. Little bastards.

I've now got a few more plants in the back garden - most of my Van Meuwens order has turned up now, and I've picked up a few more here and there from Homebase, the farmers' market, etc. There are 3 Asiatic Lilies in the big tub, plus some violas in the smaller pots; in the big flower bed there are three fuschias, a dianthus and an aquilegia.

There are also a few bulbs in the pots - some crocosmia Lucifer and some anemones, but no sign of any of them emerging yet.