13 November 2019
I thought I'd finished planting bulbs until some Pheasants Eye Narcissus bulbs arrived late from Parkers and then guess what! Tammy popped over from Stockton Bury Gardens to pick up some calligraphy and gave me some tulip bulbs. They were the fattest, plumpest most lucious looking bulbs I've seen this season. I must ask more about their origins! I'fe always loved the Pheasant Eye variety for their wonderful perfume and their bright eye. They're also much later than most Narcissus
|Pheasants Eye Narcissus|
There was nothing for it but to enlist some help (new bionic shoulder now on order!) lugging heavy pots and compost. I'm pleased to say that they're now all planted in some gritty well draining potting medium and top dressed with some horticultural grit. Very smart.
Roll on spring!
10 November 2019
|Heading down towards the Aspen stumps.|
Yet another wet Saturday! It was on with the waterproof over trousers and wet weather gear in readiness for 'stump grinding'!!
|Grinding out an apple tree stump in just a couple of minutes!|
|YES! It was raining the whole time!|
5 November 2019
4 November 2019
|PTC bathed in November sunshine.|
|Woodbury Hill beyond the golden cider apple orchards.|
Saturday turned into Sunday as Chris swapped his day and cleverly avoided all the rain. In fact Sunday was glorious sunshine with mild temperatures. Time for a MAJOR sort out down in Cato's Corner. Chris gallantly scaled a ladder in the middle of the first and worst Hawthorn braving all the thorns of both it and the rose to which it played host. Quite the hero!! He even found time to take a couple of photos from the top of his ladder - not views we usually see.
As if the tangle of rose and hawthorns wasn't bad enough, work in this corner of the garden is never easy due the difficult ladder access across ditches not to mention a hedge and barbed wire fence. As usual, Chris did a brilliant job and they'll be left to their own devices for another year!
3 November 2019
|Kitchen window sill.|
Many are Echeverias some are Crassulas and others are Aloes. I think one is a Cotyledon but more research is needed. I've been busy finding pot covers for as many as I could and bringing them in the house where they can be enjoyed more readily over winter. Some remain in the greenhouse which we keep just above freezing. So far, the dining room, bathroom, kitchen window sills and of course, the conservatory have all benefited.
Now I need to do some reading up!!
|Sorting out in the kitchen.|