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Sunshine, Blue Skies and Frost

February 25, 2016

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Lots of lovely hellebores are out and my favourites the deep plums and frilly pinks are sitting pretty in these celadon green vases. The cut stems were seared for 60 seconds on the gas flame to stop them drooping which seems to have worked since this is day three.

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Up the steps to the front door the Clematis armandii ‘Snowdrift’ is flowering through the railings and looks relatively perky after the heavy frost overnight.

 

More broad beans ‘The Sutton’ have been sown and are in the heated propagator. As soon as these are through the compost the peas sown a week or so ago, and showing no signs of germination, will be brought on with some gentle heat.  The potatoes are chitting well and will be planted out in mid-March.

DSCN6250Hmm ! Evidence of my usual impulse buy on seeds but all valid for 2016. I’m not planning to buy more just yet and it will be at least another four weeks before I start sowing any of these.

On the allotment the old raspberries have been lifted in preparation for levelling the ground ready for the walk in poly-greenhouse.  And two rows of Autumn Bliss and two rows of Malling Jewel are now planted in the new raspberry bed and mulched with well-rotted compost.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. February 25, 2016 11:12 am

    Snap! My Armandii is just starting to flower too! How nice to think we’re enjoying the same flowers. Love your Hellebores!

    • February 25, 2016 12:12 pm

      Isn’t it the loveliest climber with the added bonus of being evergreen.

      • February 25, 2016 12:30 pm

        Mine suffers a lot every summer. It once covered a chunk of the pergola but now it’s shrunk back to just the pillar.

  2. February 25, 2016 1:46 pm

    What a useful tip for picking hellebores, I was wondering how well they did in a vase. Thank you. I really like Armandii clematis, but lost a couple here back in the winters of 2010-11. Perhaps I should try them again in a more sheltered spot? Beautifully scented too.

  3. February 25, 2016 1:51 pm

    The hellebore tip came from Sarah Raven. I’ve planted the clematis in a deep upturned rhubarb forcing pot so I live in fear that the frost will penetrate the terracotta and kill it. It’s currently clad in bubble wrap and it’s now two years old so fingers crossed it will continue to thrive..

  4. March 1, 2016 8:18 am

    And the blue skies and frost?…hoar frost and early morning blue sky?…although I did like your helleborus tip and photo. Thank you. 🙂

  5. lucy moore permalink
    March 3, 2016 12:28 pm

    Love the celadon vases with the purple Hellebores. V unusual combo and striking

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