Monthly Archives: March 2017

Joppa missed the worst of the snow.

We missed the worst of the snow here in sunny Joppa. Just as well because it would have been the last straw in this difficult season, I just need a plague of frogs or boils to complete the set!! The … Continue reading

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A surfeit of riches – but not yet please!

I have a surfeit of riches, lots of bulbs in full flower. It has been a funny season. By this time in past years I would have been taking pots into the house to push them on but this year … Continue reading

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Cross border co-operation

In March Scottish rock gardeners  join their Alpine Garden  Society  colleagues for a show of early  alpines.  Until recently   this was held in Blackpool but it’s now in Kendal . This photo shows only part of the hall. Despite such intense competition  the … Continue reading

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A typical March day on the allotment

A proper March day with the weather starting sunny and with a good drying wind but by the middle of the day there was a downpour and we were quite soaked by the time we had cleared up and left. … Continue reading

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It is a bit like musical chairs

Another wet and windy day so many of the pots from outside have been put in the glasshouse just to be on the safe side.           And the Hyacinths are in a shaded spot.     … Continue reading

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George shows you how to stake Hyacinths

In response to a request here are a few photos showing how I stake my Hyacinths. I go round the pot, lightly pressing the flower spikes into the vertical and firming the compost around the base of the bulb. Next … Continue reading

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Oh dear!

The best laid schemes and all that.   Yesterday I spoke about the problems with ‘ Breezes loud and shrill.’  This morning I awoke to a view of strewn pots and broken stems Yesterday I took time to stake all … Continue reading

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George prepares in case of March winds

“March brings breezes loud and shrill, stirs the dancing daffodils”: All very romantic but remember wind can be quite a damaging ingredient when mixed with daffodils at flowering stage. So make sure that they are well staked or are at … Continue reading

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A hint of Spring on the allotment

Spring is coming to the allotment as the buds on the fruit swell and the leaves begin to show. Today each of the fruit bushes had a feed with a good spadeful of compost and then a mulch of leaves … Continue reading

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Penicuik Spring Show

As the picture demonstrates   this show is particularly  strong  in the craft and produce  sections. It also has an excellent  section for children both as individuals and through  groups such as cubs and brownies-  see Ann Sturgeon’s article  in the Caledonian Gardener … Continue reading

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