Monday, 28 April 2008
Friday, 25 April 2008
Most of the tree seeds require treatment prior to sowing. Usually this consists of soaking the seeds in water for a day or two and then storing them in the fridge for a number of weeks. Others require a much more complicated process of heating and cooling to imitate the seasons. Those are best left outside to germinate.
The first seeds to germinate were Nordmann firs, followed by a few of the beech trees. Whilst I was away last week our first little oak popped up in a pot we had kept in the lounge. It is now in a more sunny spot and is showing signs of producing its first leaves.
Tuesday, 22 April 2008
Having returned from California I was really excited to see all that had sprung up in the garden in only a week. The best surprise was finding that our front lawn was full of cuckoo flowers / lady's smock. Today we redid our bog garden, having found on the internet that we hadn't dug it deep enough in the first place. I then transplanted around 15 cuckoo flowers from the front to the bog garden. There are at least another 20 plants still in the front lawn so if anyone would like them now is the time to ask.
I decided to transplant the grass with them as our front lawn needs completely redoing anyway (who knows what else will spring up in there during the year) and the flowers look much prettier when set in the grass (or at least I think so). I actually bought a couple of cuckoo flower plants on the internet, but have to say these are much more healthy and established and have transplanted to their new location very well. We're very pleased to have some established plants around the pond.
Whilst digging the pond area I filled three pots with them and there are still dozens more at the back left of the garden underneath the ivy and scattered at other locations. A couple of weeks ago I was surprised to find that those in the pots had already flowered. Unfortunately they have been blown about in the recent gales and are rather the worse for wear. Those in the ground are just beginning to flower and I'm greatly looking forward to them coming into berry later in the year.
Monday, 21 April 2008
It appears that Ian, in an effort to encourage our squirrel, placed peanuts below the bird feeders, which encouraged the mice. Today I saw one scamper from teh bottom of the feeder into the box plants. Much as we like the mice being in the garden we shall not be putting any more food on the ground as Willam is obviously finding them an easy target. Shame.
This is the second baby slow worm we've had now; I uncovered the first last year, but it wriggled into the grass so quickly I could barely be sure that it was indeed a slow worm. This one was much less interested in getting away and actually stayed where we placed him in the undergrowth for over half an hour.
Thursday, 10 April 2008
Primula japonica 'Millers Crimson'
Ours are only an inch tall at the moment, but hopefully I shall be able to take photos of my own soon.
Primula japonica 'Alba'.
Tuesday, 8 April 2008
So after a very long day at work I went out in the not so pleasant cold and drizzle to pot the plants. The drizzle stopped on and off and I soon found that the cold of putting my hands deep in the pond was far worse than the air temperature. Still I was very pleased to get them all out of their newspaper and into their new home. I had previously planned exactly where the plants would go in teh pond, but the weather being bad, the bog garden not being finished and the shelves of the pond not being quite the height I needed them to be I settled for only placing the deep ones in their permanent homes and putting the rest near our new gravelly beach until later in the week.
Most of the plants I've bought for the pond and bog are natives - cotton grass, cuckoo flower, marsh marigolds, yellow flag, water mint etc, but I couldn't resist a couple of non-natives too including Iris Laevigata Variegata, primula japonica and Glyceria maxima variegata. Apologies to my father for not putting the scientific names in italics, but I've been doing that all day and now I'm tired.
Saturday, 5 April 2008
Friday, 4 April 2008
Thursday, 3 April 2008
Wednesday, 2 April 2008
Pete is away today and we are so glad to have been at home during the day. Having decided to top up the pond again to see if we could watch the water leak out I'd just put the end of the hose in the pond when up popped a lovely big slow worm who had apparently opted for a swim. He had some trouble climbing out, but with a little help from Ian made it to dry land where of course we got a couple of pictures before placing him in some vegetation.
This is the 3rd slow worm we've seen in the garden now, but the first we've managed to photograph. Does anyone know if slow worms are partial to newt?