February 2016

WRESTLING ROSES dusting snow off the nets

Iris Reticulata Gill Lockhart
Good morning!

What a delight to see some bulbs bursting into life! Iris Reticulata was a sight to lift the spirits one cold morning. This spurred me on to revamp my wall planter that is located just outside the kitchen. Several variegated Skimmas have given the planter all year round interest so it only took a matter of a few updated pots and the planter looks like new. Plus my other little rack near the front door is still going strong with pretty little purple violas.

The view from the kitchen.
The view from the kitchen.
You can't go wrong with violas!
You can’t go wrong with violas!
The rambling rose is going to be a devil to untangle.
The rambling rose is going to be a devil to untangle.
First lay it all down
First lay it all down
Get your gloves on and squeeze it through
Get your gloves on and squeeze it through
Do you want the good news or the bad?
Do you want the good news or the bad?
A host of baby daffs, or just a few pots full!
A host of baby daffs, or just a few pots full!

At the allotment the big, rather tricky job was rescuing a rambling rose from a fallen arch and threading it into an obelisk. Armed with motorcycle gloves, I managed it without a scratch.

As soon as I’d finished it snowed so I took a photo. What I hadn’t realized until I looked at the photo at home, is the snow lying so elegantly on the fruit cage damaged nets like giant hammocks. Oh dear they really are in a terrible state!

But al last we are entering the age of propagating seeds! So much washing and cleaning of propagators and a little treat at the garden center for myself: a baby propagator! Ah sweet.

A baby for the babies!
A baby for the babies!

A blog about my gardening exploits to inspire, even if its looking like its all about go wrong. (Which it does, alot)

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