Tuesday, 31 January 2017

The 'Delargo Towers' Garden - January

January must be the bleakest month of the year. We have had more than our fare share of frosts this month here in London, down to all but -6'c (- 5 point 8) reported at our nearest Met Office weather station.

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Window boxes with pansies and violas work for us this time of year

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The front garden has things hanging on by their finger nails and promise for the Spring, while out the back we have cyclamen and snow drops in bud - but I have not taken a single photo this month of our main garden, which must tell the tale.

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There is a story here. Normally there are four large wheelie bins on that hard stand so most of the time we don't get chance to do much gardening or even able to see a garden here.

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If it wasn't for the bins it would catch the early morning sun as you can see.

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The wallflowers will smell fab even if we can't see them.

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There will be daffs too.

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Indoors - and following on from the gargantuan hippeastrum in last month's post - we now have "Apple Blossom" in flower, which we think rather small but is actually a more normal size and rather lovely.

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Most of our seedlings are doing well, and with the lengthening of daylight we will start sowing in earnest next month and then right up to Spring and beyond.

Please pop by and take some in May or June; gawd know what we are going to do with them all by then!

Till next month then, me lovelies.

ttfn

Saturday, 31 December 2016

The 'Delargo Towers' Garden - December

Here we are again me dears at the end of another Month and another Year.
December has given us some nasty frosts but most of the Half hardies seem to be hanging on. 
Our fingers are crossed that they fare as well next year come January and February.

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The ivy leaf pelargonium is still flowering in the window box.

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They have now been joined by viola Morpho and jolly yellow pansies.

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The borders are looking a bit bleak and will of course will soon be looking a lot worse.

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Our refugee centre.

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We do still have some colour though -

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We treated ourselves to the most enormous hippeastrum bulb on our visit the the last rhs show.

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It is a thing of wonder !

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Three flower stems -

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and each flower as big as ones head.

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Pure joy

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Even the peace lilly has given us a bonus bloom this month.

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Heading into 2017 the seedlings planted last October are looking good.

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Orlaya grandiflora
Ammi majus
Consolida regalis
Canna indica, Red

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Crambe cordifolia
and
Catananche

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Happy new year me dears.
and
Happy gardening !

ttfn


Wednesday, 30 November 2016

The 'Delargo Towers' Garden - November

Well me dears it was a mild November, that is until we had a few harsh frosts towards the end of it.
Luckily these photos were taken just before they hit

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The salvias and nicotiana were still flowering away.

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as were the penstemons and coreopsis.

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This nastertium is now just a black mush.

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The fuchsias are still flowering though.

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Winston Churchill.

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Southgate.

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Phyllis

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and Billy Green.

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All of the osteospermums have been very disappointing this year with lots of growth but few flowers.
This one seems to be trying to make up for it.

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The wonderful cobaea is still doing it stuff even after the frost.

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The pelargoniums are sheltering alongside the kitchen wall.

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All in all the garden looked very good this month,
even if a little too cold and damp to sit out in it for long

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Indoors the lovely Aeschynanthus “Hot Flash” is giving us another flush .

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We treated our selves to a massive hippeastrum bulb while on a visit to the RHS urban garden show.
 
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The front garden is still looking full with the nicotiana sylvestris refusing to die down or stop flowering

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canna indica seedlings.

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The tree dahlia in the back ground is no more the frost got it but who knows it might survive in the ground till next Spring.

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We have pansies and violas to cheer us up in the winter ahead

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and a whole batch of seedlings in waiting.

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Well that's November for you. 
We will see what December has in store for us

ttfn
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