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Winter Sun

January 26, 2015

Winter sun on the frosted leaves of Euphorbia wulfennii….DSCN3691

And later in the day, with the sun low in the sky, it lit up the leaves of a pot of  Agapanthus…


The potatoes are purchased and laid out in a tray in the dry in front of a window to ‘chit’…



and an extra supply of shallots was rounded up at the same time…


In Poundland a bag of 25 gladioli were snapped up to experiment with in a small patch of land at the back of the house. It’s impossible to grow glads on the allotment because the badger pulls them out  (along with the carrots and sweetcorn) but hopefully they’ll grow in part shade here.



On the same shopping trip these beauties were spotted to add to the cutting bed where last year the dahlias were stunning. I vowed to plant more and have made notes of some very sophisticated ones recommended by other bloggers but these will look  good cut with bright orange marigolds. I’ll pot them into 9cm pots of compost and keep them indoors until March when they can go in the cold frame to harden off for a month.



A pot of Tete a Tete planted in a plastic pot in October and left in the cold frame showed signs of life four weeks ago. The pot was slipped into a favourite container for the kitchen table where they grew rapidly in the warm. They’ve just started flowering and the contrast of the fresh green leaves and the grey concrete pot is gorgeous.



2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 31, 2015 8:28 am

    I’ve also been buying Dahlias, The Tete a Tete are lovely; note to self – must buy more bulbs to have indoors for next winter.

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