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April 2011

First of the month, photo time! It was a bit damp. 

Upper lawn 1 April 2011

Lots of fresh new green! There aren't many daffodils out back, but those that there were have been and gone. Check out my ornamental quince! Such a great shade of red, and finally large enough to really make a splash of colour. Have to see if I get any fruit on it this year. I got one last year, but I have no idea when they are ripe. I've heard they make quite a nice drink. The random paving slab was a trial for an upcoming project that will (fingers crossed) make the grass easier to mow. 

Lower lawn 1 April 2011

The view from the living room window shows the clemetis in full bloom at the back. The scent of that plant is amazing, and the way it's grown makes me think of two swags of bunting. I do need to try and get it a little bit under control this year (it should be growing up, not dangling like that) but for now I'll just enjoy it!

Concrete 1 April 2011

The concrete is still a bit of a mess. I've been trying to get the bath right, and let it water those pots again, but I've still not managed to get it right. Ho hum. Still, the pansies in the large tub are starting to look very nice, and we've had a starling start using the big blue bowl as a bath which is quite funny! 

Upper slope 1 April 2011

The forsythia is nearly over for another year. Magnificent while it lasts, then it's time for other things to take over. The rosemary is just starting to flower. I really really should cut those back, but they are lovely. The greatest success for this year so far though is the patch of white up by the top step. That is a patch where I decided to get rid of some grass last year, and planted some alpines and a row of daffodils to replace it. It has been spectacular so far this year. Two of the plants are flowering white, and either end there's a dark pink. The row of daffs behind is working really well, and because it was a pick and mix selection some are finished but others haven't got going yet. Oh, and the pear tree has a fair amount of blossom on it too. 

path 1 April 2011

Across the path the ornamental currant is looking at its best. I'm particularly pleased because it's still looking quite open. I'll just have to try and keep it like that! You can also just make out a white trellis up against the arch. I've moved my kiwi plant from a pot by the front door to the arch, and I took the trellis too. Fingers crossed it doesn't get too shredded by the wind (or provide the wind with enough purchase to damage the arch!).

Veg bed 1 April 2011

I was starting to fret that the veg patch was behind schedule, until I looked back to last year's picture. I'm actually much more organised than I was then, so that's good! The branches in the fence quarter are nice thorny rose clippings, trying to keep the cat and fox off that patch. I've put 4 asparagus root things in there, no sign of growth yet, but I can hope. The rhubarb is settling in well I think. And also in that quarter I've planted out the shallots I started in the greenhouse. Hopefully this year a) the birds won't pull them up and b) I've started them early enough to get a reasonable harvest. I also have broadbeans, peas and mangetout planted, and my brocolli is about to get going. The kale is nearly done I think. Mixed success, but we've had a few good meals off them and I know what I've got to do this year. Potatoes should go in tomorrow. 

Terraces 1 April 2011

There have been daffodils in the terraces too, but they are nearly over already. I don't think there were as many as last year - maybe I should try feeding them or something. They are just out of shot, but the currant bushes on the right are starting to come to life again too. It never shows up in any of the shots because it's right up against the house, but my Williams pear tree is just starting to flower too. My big aim this year is to get pears off it, which I think is going to take a lot of watering. For the last two years I've had quite a lot of small pears, but almost all of them drop off. I think that is probably a lack of water, and I'm going to do my best to avoid it this year. 

So, promise, green, flowers - not a bad start to the year! 



It's starting to come back to life out there. 

Upper lawn view 1 March 2011

Not that it particularly shows up in that view! Things are stiring, they are just small and hard to see. Lots of buds swelling on the various trees, bulbs and things starting to poke through. 

Lower lawn 1 March 2011

The ornamental quince is showing quite a lot of flower coming soon. It'll be a lovely bright red. And I chopped back the rose around the birdtable, and the new shoots are showing up bright pink (but you can't pick them out in this picture). The hazel had catkins this year, and I think I can see where I might just get some hazelnuts again. Very exciting. I should really have chopped down all the perennials, but I saw some goldfinches on the rudbeckia relatively recently, so it seemed a shame to cut it back just in case. 

Concrete 1 March 2011

There's so much stuff on the concrete that needs taking to the dump. Plus I need to sort out the yellow tubs to put the new potatoes in again this year. I massively chopped back something in the corner of the teardrop bed (it was from my parents' garden - I'm not sure exactly what it is! I should find out) so more light will get in there this year. Be interesting to see what happens.

Upper slope 1 March 2011

I have started chopping back things on the upper slope. The asters have been chopped back, and the dianthus that were amongst the very first thing I put in have died off. I've added a few new things bought on a recent trip back to Cambridge. A knautia (should be tall), sisyrinchium and a rose campion. The crocus are flowering at the moment, and soon we'll get some daffs too.

Path 1 March 2011 

The strips either side of the path have been absolutely full of snowdrops this year. It's been lovely. They are just going over now, but I'm a bit surprised they aren't more visible. The ornamental currant is just starting to get interesting, and the forsythia is turning yellow. 

Veg bed 1 March 2011

The veg bed has a way to go, but I've put my broad beans out now. They have been sheltering under those 2l bottles, just to get them going. It seems to be working pretty well. There are peas out under the two obelisks in the middle, and soon (tomorrow? Monday probably) I'll have to make a start clearing the slope quarter to get the mange tout out there. The kale has recovered from the catapiller attack and we're getting some meals out of it again, which is nice. I think I prefer the red russian to the curly kale - it's easier to see the things lurking on the red russian's relatively flat leaves! The other thing I've added in the fence quarter is a new rhubarb plant. The one I put in earlier just doesn't seem to be doing anything, so I got a new one with stems so I could see which way up it should go and how deep and so on. 

Terraces 1 March 2011

Look look! A daffodil. And crocus too. Definitely signs of life and Spring. 



Whoops, what happened there then? Took the photos on time (well, on the 2nd) so all is well. We seem to have mostly thawed out, but it's been a wet time since.

Upper lawn 2/2/2011

Not so much going on out back yet. The lawn looks a bit mullered still, and everything is still very much dormant. It should be this month that I cut

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Starting another year! I've got 3 years of January picks now. How about that?

Upper lawn 04/01/2011

It isn't exactly looking at it's best, is it? The lawn is rather scruffy. In fact, everything just looks a bit beaten down after the snow. I tied up the cordyline this year,

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Well, it had to happen. Snow!

Top lawn 01/12/2010

Bit feeble, as snow goes, but then it's really rather early in Winter to be getting it. And it was enough to keep us working from home today - the hill was rather slippery, and neither of us had a pressing need to get in! What is has done is make the non-snow areas of the photo so dark that you can't make out much detail. Ah well.

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