Archive | March 2017

Super Spring Sunshine

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What a stunningly beautiful weekend it has been, with blue skies all day long, and some real warmth in the sun. The fritillaries have really started to open this week, and there are plenty more buds to come.

The early daffodils, mainly large yellow or white and yellow trumpets, plus the tiny Tete a Tete, are now over, and we have a much wider mix of varieties, including a lovely pink trumpeted one.

 

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I mowed for the first time this year, so the lawns are looking lovely and neat after the shagginess of early spring.

 

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Most of the Spring pruning is now done, and I am able to start going over some of the flower beds and renovating the planting. I do love this time of year…

 

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Sunset at the beach

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We have had to endure some very Devon weather the last week or so. Fog, rain, wind, mist, and hail, often in the same day. This afternoon the skies finally cleared, so we headed for the beach to watch the sun set.

 

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Woolacombe beach is backed by high sand dunes which are fun to walk or run down, but much less fun to climb back up!

 

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There were a few other folk on the beach, but with miles of beach to share, they weren’t very noticeable!

 

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The patterns on the damp sand vary hugely every time I go down. Today they were fine, flat, angular wrinkles, but sometimes there are deep, curved ridges.

 

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What a peaceful place for a late afternoon stroll.

 

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One of the reasons that Woolacombe is not busier is that much of the length of the beach is protected from development by this high ridge, with just a dead end road along it providing access and parking.

 

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The sun started to descend right over the low outline of Lundy.

 

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A cloud bank on the horizon hid the moment that the sun finally set, but it was still a glorious sight.

 

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As we left the beach, there were only a couple of folk still enjoying the solitude.

 

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Hellebores and other Spring beauties

The last month has been less than perfect, as I have had a nasty bout of ‘flu, and haven’t been well enough to get out in the garden much. Once the worst was over, I went visiting friends and family around the country for a week, while I got my strength back. I managed to visit a fair few garden centres and nurseries while away, so returned with a boot full of delicious plants. This unusual striped hellebore was one of my finds – it is bred by Hilliers as part of their Spring Promise range, and is called ‘Lily’.

 

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I had a quick look at the other hellebores they were selling, not expecting to find anything else, but then I found yet another stunner – this time a double purple so dark it looks black, but with a softer purple showing around the edges.

 

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This is ‘Double Ellen Purple’, a superb addition to my little hellebore grove along the woodland path.

The garden is awash with Spring bulbs, all doing their best to stand up against the Spring storms. The crocuses struggle, but some have survived.

 

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My current favourite among the daffodils is this mid-sized one with swept back petals, and a rich orange trumpet. it really stands out amongst all the yellow and white varieties.

 

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This little corner bed at the end of our drive was just full of weeds, so in the winter I planted a little conifer which was swathed with fairy lights for Christmas, and added a few clumps of mini daffs that needed moving from elsewhere. Now I just need to add a little something else in front of the conifer for summer colour.

 

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We have had to add an extra layer of wire mesh around the base of our potager, as we found that the rabbits were chewing holes in our plastic deer fencing, even there is nothing inside yet for them to eat!

 

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That should stop them. The first plants have now gone in – summer and autumn-fruiting raspberries. They don’t look much at the moment, but should grow away well, helped by lots of homemade compost. I am really looking forward the the first crop.

 

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Now I need some mild, dry weather so that I can get out there and get gardening, but as it is currently raining I shall have to make do with admiring my bowl of hellebores.

 

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