My 50th post!!

Firstly, I can’t believe this is my 50th post!!  I have only been blogging for 7 weeks and the difference it has made to my life has been astonishing.  Thank you to everyone who has come along for the ride so far.  I never thought I would get as much enjoyment as I do from sharing my stories from my garden with people who have similar interests.  You have all made me feel so welcome and it has been an absolute pleasure sharing in your gardening highs and lows.

Now, before I go any further, I want to talk about Frank!  My heart goes out to the many thousands of people whose lives have been affected by this awful storm, but for us here in Worcester, we got away with it relatively lightly.  That being said, he definitely left his mark!

After a night of howling 50+ mph winds, I cautiously opened the curtains to see the effects ‘Frank’ had had on the garden.  Now, unfortunately I didn’t get a picture of this as it was pitch black, but the wind had somehow managed to completely remove one of the covers off my temporary greenhouses and it had landed on the bramble bushes of my neighbours property.  Trist to the rescue!  He managed to recover my cover and thankfully there wasn’t any real damage to it so I will be able to replace it and use it again.

There were however, other tell-tale signs that ‘Frank’ had visited, but to be fair, nothing that was particularly devastating.

This picture shows what the winds had done to my middle raised bed.  Now, when I went to bed, the weed control matting was perfectly placed and the whole area was protected by the impending monsoons that were forecasts.  Not any more!  The fabric had been weighed down by some pretty substantial sized pieces of stone wall so it was quite impressive to see how much had escaped!

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Then there was a massive rip in the piece of fabric I had put down on the right hand side of the garden, but this can be easily replaced.

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My temporary greenhouses were what took the biggest battering.  One had even managed to make its’ way over to the other side of the garden!

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That being said, all in all, we got off lightly, but I have to admit to being pleased in being cautious and not putting the cover on my temporary walk-in greenhouse as I had previously planned 🙂

So as we reach the last day of 2015, it seems only appropriate to review progress made over the last 12 months and to look forward to plans for the next 12 🙂

I moved into my new property in May this year (feels like 5 minutes) and set about ripping out the old and making way for the new.

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Looking at these two before and after pictures, it kinda feels like I have gone from a garden to a building site, but Rome wasn’t built in a day!

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Waiting for “Frank”!

According to the Met Office, we are currently awaiting the arrival of an uninvited guest, Frank.

This is the weather forecast according to the BBC for the next 24 hours:

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I had soooooo many plans today as the weather was calm, sunny and mild, but due to the fact Frank was on his way, I thought it would be safer all round to wait until the weekend before I cracked on with my jobs.

One of my plans was to put up a temporary greenhouse whilst I wait for the polytunnel to go up, I thought it prudent to wait.

I’ll be honest, I don’t hold the BBC in the highest regard when it comes to weather forecasting.  Now, I know they work in conjunction with the Met Office and I suppose, most of the blame should be lain at their door, but even still, for a public service I pay for, it would be nice if they could actually get it right.  For example, we are past the Longest Day, yet according to the above screen shots, we are still losing a minutes’ worth of light every day??????  Get a grip BBC, get a grip!

So, as my original plans were scuppered, I thought I would have a little potter round.  I managed to get the last of the bulbs potted up and even though they had been out of the soil for 5 days, they still looked wonderfully healthy and full of promise:

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These have now been added to my Peony, pot of Daffoldil bulbs and my pot of ‘mystery bulbs’, which if I am honest, are starting to look remarkably like Crocus.  Having never grown Crocus before, this is a lovely and unexpected surprise 🙂

On a sad note, my rescued Hyacinth has come up blind 😦

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It has beautifully lush leaves, but there just isn’t a single hint of flowers whatsoever.  Now, I could crawl up into a ball and cry about it (trust me, I am tempted) or, I can just woman up and take it for what it is.  At least this time next year they will be in the ground and won’t be spending the first 6 weeks of its’ growing lives hidden in a box in a man-cave!!!

Christmas Gardening Gifts!

Having spent the last few days eating and drinking my own body weight in food and alcohol (!!), I have spent the last 3 hours catching up on all the posts I have missed, 203 to be exact!

What has surprised me the most is the number of people who have had time to get into their gardens over the Festive period – you lucky people!

Christmas Day for me was lovely, not only did I get to spend it with my family, but Trist outdid himself this year in regards to my presents.  I was sent to bed early on Christmas Eve and was told that I wasn’t allowed back into the front room until Christmas morning (it was like being 5 all over again 🙂 !)

Christmas morning came – Will got us up at 5:00 am (!!) and I was welcomed by the following sight:

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I was so thrilled to see what my presents were in, at this point, I don’t think I would’ve cared if the boxes inside were empty!!

Once I had stopped hopping round the front room like a rabbit, I cracked on with opening my gifts.  Trist really had gone above and beyond this year and I was so pleased with all the gardening goodies he had bought me.  Bless him, he had even bought me a new gardening hand tool set which I was desperate for!!

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I was chuffed to bits this year with what I had got and if that wasn’t enough, my eldest Step-Son, Scott bought me this:

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When I opened it he said “I know how much the compost dries your hands out so I thought this might help” God love him x

Ho Ho Ho Hemerocallis!!

Now, surely this can’t be right!!

On a wander up the garden this morning, I noticed that my Hemerocallis are shooting up already!!  I have been growing Day Lillies for about 5 years and have NEVER known them to be anything but dormant at this time of the year.

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Now, like other Bloggers I am concerned that any cold snap we might have after Christmas will wipe them out entirely for next year.  On the plus side, they are in pots which means I can move them inside, but nevertheless, this has highlighted to me the amount of attention I will need to pay to the weather forecasts in the New Year.

The sooner the polytunnel is up, the better!!