Monthly Archives: January 2017

Monday morning was very cold but George is not all doom and gloom

    It was very cold on Monday morning with -4C recorded in sunny Joppa.     I had lifted the remaining pots of bulbs from the plunge at the end of last week and they are now shivering in … Continue reading

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Another day another iris

                Iris Blue Note  is one of many new cultivars in the reticulata group raised by Alan McMurtrie in Canada. Compared to the broader  petals of the I histrioides hybrids shown in the … Continue reading

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George is lifiting his pots

Frosty this morning (Friday) and the car windscreen needed to be scraped before I could drive.   Even the snowdrop ‘Fred’s Giant ‘ is finding it a bit difficult to stay upright!! However as the temperature rises so the flowers … Continue reading

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While others are wondering about the progress of spring bulbs – George is talking about Filo Pastry trees!

Yet again social media has alerted me to the fact that three years ago all my pots had been lifted and were washed and in the glasshouse. This year I have only lifted some of the more advanced varieties, Terminator … Continue reading

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Another Lady Beatrix

The iris featured in the last post is better known  than the snowdrop also named after Lady Beatrix Stanley but it is  also a fine  bulb photographed  today in the RBGE rockery. Her bulb days came later in her life. … Continue reading

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Iris

Iris Lady Beatrix Stanley is indeed a very good early bulb. However the actual flowering  time varies according  to the  conditions it has  been given. Compare the pot which has been in a cold frame with the clump  in a raised bed fully exposed to the elements. Keeping  … Continue reading

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News about the workshop bulbs?

After reading George’s blog and seeing how far advanced the growth was on some of his own pots I decided to check on the Caley workshop bulbs. There isn’t much of a gap between the soil and the mesh so … Continue reading

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