Wednesday, 25 April 2018

I'm Growing Some Really Weird Plants!

Forget Carnivorous Plants, these are even weirder!

This week I've made a YouTube video all about some very odd plants I'm trying to cultivate. Don't be worried, they're just more likely to be the sort of thing a gardener would be pulling up, not planting in the garden...come and see what on earth I'm talking about...

Enjoy!
Rebecca xx



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Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Spring 2018 has arrived at last

Spring is in full swing!


It's taken it's sweet time, fierce easterly winds brought in snow, ice and freezing temperatures in March, but finally, enevitably, Spring 2018 has arrived - thank goodness!!

Let's have a look at a few of the highlights so far...

Alpines


Alpine Planter Arabis Armeria Thrift
New Alpine Planter
 This new planter is filled with two types of Arabis, one creeping and one upright, and wonderful softly spikey Armeria aka Thrift.

Spring Bulbs


Anemone coronaria blooming newly hatched ladybird
Anemone coronaria and ladybird

I can't believe I took this photo with my camera phone! No filters or fancy stuff, this is just how stunningly vivid anemones look...the newly hatched ladybird needs to learn about the art of camouflage though πŸ˜„

Narcissus Tete-a Tete have been beautiful this year, and I love the contrast with these early purple tulips, the pink hellebores and all the vibrant fresh foliage.

Spring bulb mixture Narcissus Tete a Tete purple tulips hellebores
Narcissus Tet-a Tete, Tulips and Hellebores


Sempervivums

I've just refreshed my Sempervivum planters, they are doing really well, and have put on lots of growth as the days are getting longer and warmer. I love the tapestry of colours, sizes, textures and markings.

Mixed Sempervivum planted Strawberry Pot
A Mixture of Sempervivum in a Strawberry Pot

But as you'll see from the next photo, they also look really fabulous when one variety is planted en-mass (see the top right pot crammed with a cushion of wine red Semps)

More Sempervivums planted pots low bowls
More Sempervivum Planters


The Woodland Garden

Things are changing daily in the Woodland Garden, and whilst I love all my plants, there is something very special about Wood Anemones (Anemone nemorosa). I remember walking through woodland with my mother, and her pointing out these shining white, daisy-like flowers to me. She loved them, and the way they spread and bloom under deciduous trees.

My clumps are growing huge, and last Spring I took the opportunity to split off some pieces and replant them in other areas of the Woodland Garden.  I was delighted to see them flowering among the Primroses and Dog Violets too.


Wood Anemones blooming Woodland Garden
Wood Anemones glowing under the trees

On the Lawn

I scurrified the grass ready for it's first cut, and was surprised by this little beastie proudly sticking out from the turf...

Morel mushroom growing lawn Spring 2018
A Morel Mushroom


And the Morel of this story is...Sorry, that's a terrible joke 😁

Don't become plant blind, nature is amazing and ever-changing. It's so important that we appreciate its diversity, ingenuity and tenacity. Not just from an environmental or horticultural standpoint, but also to get our faces out of our smartphones and start experiencing real life.

What's going on in your garden right now? Let me know in the comments,
Love
Rebecca xx

Monday, 9 April 2018

My Carnivorous Plant Collection and Repotting


Finally! A Carnivorous Plant video on my YouTube channel


I really needed to do some repotting of my Carnivorous plants, and seeing as it's Spring and they are beginning to come out of dormancy, I thought I'd bring you along for the ride.

Enjoy the video, and please remember to rate and share my videos, and subscribe to my YouTube channel too :)
Thank you
Rebecca xx