It all began in 2010 & follows the weekly ups and downs of garden work chronicling both successes and failures but most of all demonstrates the fun enjoyed by three people who regularly garden in all weathers.

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30 April 2018

Lighting up with Leaves!

Arum italicum Marmoratum
On yet another dark and freezing cold spring day, it was a variety of leaves that stood out. The daffodils are fading fast and maybe that's why they all caught my eye on such a dark day. It was exciting to find a single Smyrnium as I've been trying to establish a small colony in the Woodland Border for a few years and it's taking ages. Still, there's only a single plant. I understand that these plants are a triennial and that once established, they'll be everywhere. I wish I could speed them up - we need their lime green colours in a shady border on a really dark day.


Also of interest is the highly poisonous Veratrum with its concertina-like leaves.  These were a present and I can't wait for them to flower down in our Poison Patch.  I understand that the sap was used by Indians on their arrow tips. Leaf well alone, I say!!

Pulmonaria Blue Ensign

Epimedium perralchicum Frohnleiten

Veratrum

Smyrnium perfoliatum

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