My passion in life is gardening and specifically growing flowers from seed

Month: May, 2015

Pictures of a spring garden

Not much to report today but thought you might like to see some pictures of my garden at the moment. Every time I go our something new is flowering. Today is poppies, astrantia and perennial wallflowers and of course self sowen forget-me-nots


Madeira pictures 2

Sorry it has taken so long to post this second and final set of Madeira pictures from my holiday in March. I’ve had some issues in getting them from my phone to the computer but here they are. The garden ones are mostly the presidential gardens in the new town of Funchal and a few of the boardings at the front where they are still working to prevent future flooding.

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I love this season the most, when every tine you look at the garden there is something new to see. My tulips are lovely, the bluebells are flowering, my hellebores mostly still flowering although 1 has been eaten, my dahlias in the greenhouse are shooting, the day lilies coming up from their winter sleep and one of my favourite flowers the poppy has big buds ready to flower. I also have a garden full of blue, pink and white forget-me-not. The cherry tree has been covered with netting to protect it from the birds, they ate all the fruit last year. The tomato plants potted on and awaiting their final larger pots. If I was a poet I could continue this on, but I’m not!

My seeds are having varying degrees of success and some packets due to be binned! I have sowen 30 scabious and 4 have come up, I don’t think this is a good return! On the positive side, 13/15 cornflower are outgrowing their small pots and doing really well. 

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