Thursday, 31 March 2016

The 'Delargo Towers' Garden - March

March is said ' to come in as a lion and go out as a lamb
Well me dears it came in as a lion no problem, cold wet and windy and pretty much stayed like that up to the end of the month.

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Thank heavens for anemone blanda.

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Its at its peak this month and spreading around nicely

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Now that the narcissus tete a tete have finished. Viola Morpho is back doing sterling work in the windowsill.

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The daffs in the front bed are still hanging on though -

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and the roses are growing away.

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To our great joy the Iochroma australe (Acnistus australis) we grew from seed last Spring have survived the Winter outside and unprotected.

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There isn't a great deal to show off this month.

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Tulip Gavota might not have the impact they did last year but are still very jolly

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We are itching to get out and sort out the beds as soon as it dries and warms up a bit.

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There is a lot to do.

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Some work has been done, the apple trees are all pruned back to give a bit more light.

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Disaster - 
Having forgotten about the hippeastrum ALL winter it had started to rot. 
We rescued it and it started to grow but sadly its flower-bud has aborted.
It would have been its 3rd flowering.

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We were kindly given cardiocrinum giganteum as a gift from the 'RHS Early Spring Show'. 
How fab is that.

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Most of ( but not all ) the fuchsias and osteospermum have made it through.

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There are lots of new seedlings

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and I do mean alot !

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along with quite a few dahlia tubers to fill the garden to bursting point this Summer

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Roll on April and getting stuck into planting


Monday, 29 February 2016

The 'Delargo Towers' Garden - February

February has been a bitter month with hard frost rain and strong winds. We were very pleased to spend part of it in Spain. here's a quick tour of what brightened our homecoming and tempted us out in to the garden.

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The Narcissus 'Tete-a-Tete' have done well and look fab on their third year of flowering. Feeding after the flowers fade seems to be the trick.

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Viola Morpho - looking a little tatty. They have looked great but we didn't get out and take many photos this month

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The wallflowers are full of promise -

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As is the back garden seen through the kitchen window

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Hyacinth from indoors last year were planted out after flowering. 
Looking great and smelling gorgeous.

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Spring cant be far off

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Meteorological spring will begin on 01 March 2016 and ends on 31 May 2016.

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Astronomical spring begins on 20 March 2016 and ends on 19 June 2016.

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Fingers crossed for some warmer weather and who knows? Some sunshine?

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Roll on March and the equinox and to getting some seedlings out of the kitchen and into the garden


Sunday, 31 January 2016

The 'Delargo Towers' Garden - January

Hello me dears. Well then January has come and gone and I am writing this rather late post on our return from hols. 
Looking back, the month was a mixed bag mild to start and then a little snow, a few hard frosts ( -4.8'c ) along with storm force winds

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The dahlia imperialis lasted into 2016 but not for long.

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But along with the frosts there are some early stirrings of Spring.

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Window boxes and wallflowers are looking good

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The wallflowers we grew from seed are looking much better than the ones bought in last year.

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In the back garden -

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Bluebells are up -

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The last nasturtium from last year held on for a while

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We had the first flowering of the cyclamen we planted

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along with our first snowdrops.

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and the daffs have started nice and early this year.

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Narcissus 'Tete-a-Tete'

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daffodil February gold

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All of last Autumns plantlets are doing well and seed sowing has started indoors.

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All in all a good start to the year 
I will be back for the February posting ( hopefully ) on time next month