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Raspberry ripple tulips, blossom and holidays! In a vase on Monday

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In a vase on Monday – Tulips and dogwood – 27April 2015

It’s glorious sunshine in Manchester today, I decided to feature tulips again in my vase on Monday (Yellow and purple ones last week). These three reminded me of ripe cherries and raspberry ripple ice cream.  This could be because I’ve got holidays on my mind. We’re off to Cornwall on Saturday for a week – I am so excited!  I went last September (2014) for the first time in nearly 30 years. We had a wonderful time, especially at the Eden Project, so we’ll be going back there, the ‘Lost gardens of Helligan’ and the beaches too. Heaven!

These tulips were planted last autumn – I’ve mentioned before how much I like purple. These came from Wilko’s but as usual, I’ve got no idea what they’re called.

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Three purple, pink and raspberry ripple tulips – in a vase on Monday 27 April 2015

The dogwood (Cornus) is a variegated one with red stems in the winter.   It’s at the end of my garden and pokes out between a row of conifers in my neighbour’s plot . It hangs over into our garden; so we prune it, so it doesn’t poke me in the eye when I’m gardening.    Dogwood is easy to grow but it definitely needs pruning for it to be at its best; it spreads though if it’s left and the old wood doesn’t have the glorious stem colour.  There are loads of varieties including ones with yellow stems, it’s very common in gardens here in the UK because of it’s all round interest and its hardy.

I liked the contrast of colours with the purples, pinks, greens and whites. Also thought too much foliage would overwhelm the tulips.

I’ve used the same vase last week as I haven’t got any other tall thin ones – though I think The Chap might be bringing something home from work for me.

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In the sunshine – tulips and dogwood – 27 April 2015

We had a good day in the garden yesterday after a very hectic few weeks.   I rearranged my strawberry plants, put a dwarf raspberry in a larger pot and put the tumbling tomatoes in hanging baskets.   Also I tidied up all the fuscias in pots we’d over wintered in the garage and thought about what I’d put where.   A bit of TCL for my cosmos seedlings too – fingers crossed they survive us going away.  And The Chap put up the solar lights up too – we’ve eaten out in the garden 9 times so far this year.

The other things I’m enjoying this week are the wonderful blossom on the cherry, apple, hawthorn tree – they look incredible this year.     There are many around where I live, as it’s full of Victorian houses and mature gardens.  I’ve only got room for two dwarf apple trees in pots in my garden but I’d love more.  The blossom is really brighting my drive to and from work; I really must get out and take some photos this week as they’ll be gone soon.

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Cherry blossom – 26 April 2015 – NO FILTER!!

Do have a look at Rambling in the Garden where Cathy hosts ‘In  a vase on Monday’
 www.ramblinglinginthegarden.wordpress.com. She’s got a wonderful selection of vases this week and is celebrating her 1000th blog post – I’m a very long way off that milestone. It’s great to see what people are growing around the world.

What plants have you enjoyed this weekend? Or have you been to Cornwall? Any suggestions where to go?

Have a lovely time

Carpe Diem

love Bec xxx

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Bulbs are up – spring is nearly here

I enjoy the spring more than the autumn now. One does, I think, as one gets older. ― Virginia Woolf, Jacob’s Room

Crocuses flowering in the front garden - 15 Feb 2015

Crocuses flowering in the front garden – 15 Feb 2015

When I was younger I thought Autumn was my favourite time of year – it’s when my birthday is after all.   I like watching the leaves change, kicking my way through piles of leaves on country walks and relaxing next to a real fire.  I love crisp autumn and winter blue skies as long as I’m wrapped up well – I hate being cold. But over the years, I’ve got thoroughly fed up with months of rain, overcast skies and dark evenings. I’ve never been diagnosed with SAD syndrome but I do think I have tendencies towards this.   I find the Autumn and Winter make me glum a lot of the time – though I have all strategies to try not to sink further into gloom.  They don’t always work – for a start I miss sitting in my garden in the winter – and that doesn’t help much either.  Maybe this year we’ll get a fire pit.

So I’m definitely with Virginia – I love Spring. It’s all about new beginnings, opportunities and change.

I don’t do New Year resolutions either; I make all my changes on in mid Feb usually – I do it on my terms and just get on with it.  I don’t beat myself up about what I don’t change or keep having a go at and not quite succeeding at (getting into smaller jeans, for example).  I do believe that if something didn’t work out today have another go at it tomorrow.  But, it’s also just as important that I need to do things differently or look at the problem differently and try to find a new way to do something.

As  I make changes at a different time of year there’s no pressure from ‘new year new you’ articles and no smug celebrities flogging books, new wonder drinks or food.  And as for ‘detox’ with this or that juice? Don’t even get me started on this – it’s tosh.

There are quite a few things I’d like to change or try this year and this is one of the reasons I decided to write a blog.

There are many things I love at this time of year:

  • It’s NOT dark on the way home from work
  • It’s not January anymore – Hurrah! I really struggle with January
  • The snowdrops are out – though I can’t get them to grow in my garden.
  • Crocuses are out in OUR garden – only purple ones so far
  • Planning trips out – the National trust card is going to get some use this year

So spring is definitely on its way – here’s the crocuses came up in our front garden – it has really brighten my mood. We’ve even booked a holiday – to Cornwall in May.

Tips from an amateur gardener

  • Usually I buy my bulbs from Wilko – there’s a great selection at a good price.
  • Buy your bulbs in the winter for summer flowers like lilies and in September for Spring bulbs
  • Plant them in little clumps not in rows and check the depth!
  • Have fun! And if you don’t like where they are you can always move them for next year.
  • Label them if you dig them up

What would you like to change from tomorrow? and what are your favourite bulbs and why?

Carpe Diem

love Bec xxx