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Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Daffodil Watch


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For those of you who don't follow me on Wordpress, here is yesterday's post.

I told you yesterday I was on daffodil watch. This is where we are today, 5th March. St. David's day has come and gone (1st March) and there weren't many daffodils about around these parts. My daffodil, which doesn't realise it's being watched by the way! is almost out but not quite. We've had two days of Spring now. Perhaps it will be out before Friday when I'm told it will rain.

Here are some more of my stock, tucked in he corner under the laurel.

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and some more pics from my early March garden:
First, a brave pansy that has weathered the winter!

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I am reliably informed that the next plant is a Helleborus Foetidus.

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The dogwood has such beautiful red branches in the wintertime. Sometimes I prune it, but this year I didn't and now I'm glad because I'm enjoying it so much.

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In the next picture you will see two varieties of holly and an apple tree in the middle! In order to get berries on your holly, you need to have two hollies, one male, one female. It follows that there will only be berries on the female one, which in this case is the lighter of the two.

The apple tree has a story attached to it. I bought it as a Cox's orange pippin, but it was anything but....so we decided to get rid of it after a few years of wishing and hoping. We cut down the tree, put a cross against the stump. My partner at the time poured acid over it and we put a bucket over the top. That stayed there for about 3 years. When I took the bucket off, I thought we'd seen the last of the tree, but no! everything grows well in my garden and it wasn't long before it sprouted and has now grown above the level of the fence. I can't wait to see what apples grow on it - eventually. I'm guessing they will be magic apples!!! After it struggled for life so valiantly, I now let it grow. I haven't the heart to attack it again, ever!

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Can you see the rhubarb buds in the next pic?

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There are lots of pretty primroses... and if you look closely, you can see some tiny violas just starting.

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I hope you'll come and visit my English garden again soon :)