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Archive for February, 2008

Excellent blog goes to …

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Close up of Daisey in the Lawn

 

Further to my post of the 20th February (where did the last 7 days go??) I am passing on the “excellent” that Threadspider gave me to the following blogs.

I have listed these excellent blogs on both my blogs, so there is a mix of textile art and gardening – (and I am afraid I am a couple of days later posting here)

Seth at the Altered Page

He writes a very interesting blog, I particularly enjoyed his pulse series of interviews.

Jude at Spirit Cloth – her blog and her stitching are a mediation

Michelle Ward – whose work I think is amazing and she is so generous, with links, techniques and her writing.

Monica Magness at Girl gone Thread Wild. My experience of Monica’s blog is one of such joy and vibrancy. In particular the Artists Squares she has organized.

Kate Smudges – who has just celebrated her first anniversary with her blog Kate Smudges in Earth Paint and Life. I feel Kate’s blog is like sitting down with a friend for a cup of tea.

Also – Sandy at Garden Path. I have only recently started following Sandy’s blog and I am enjoying her images and her Haiku.

As you can see by the picture above – Daisies are starting to grow in the lawn … Spring must be here!

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I have been getting all my gardening tools and bits and pieces in order, ready to go back to work in March. (I “do” other peoples Gardens, weeding, digging etc).

For nearly three decades – I very rarely wore Gardening Gloves – I liked to feel the earth in my hands, I think I had two pairs of gloves – one for dealing with brambles and another pair that spent more time in the garden shed than on my hands.

Recently things have changed – I need to wear gloves as over the years my hands have developed an increased sensitivity to plant material and they often get very itchy.

As I garden in other peoples gardens – there is more risk from buried glass, cat poo, mouse traps (Yes; I have got my fingers caught in one, while getting bindweed out of a strawberry bed!). So I have started buying Gardening gloves.

Glove Basket
To-day I gathered them up from here and there and imagine my surprise; when I discovered just how many pairs I now own. They seem to have multiplied when I wasn’t looking … How did that happen?

My Glove Garden
Now I have gloves for every situation the Garden can throw at me. I have rigger gloves for moving rocks, I have pond gloves for delving into murky waters, I have thin thermal gloves for those cold mornings, I have waterproof gloves for those wet mornings. I have bright gloves – so that I can see them when I accidentally chuck them in the compost bin. My all time favorite gloves though are the pink suede gauntlets that save my arms from the brambles.
I have a lot of gloves – to protect my hands. Of course – after about 30 minutes in the garden, they usually end up here ……………..

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Sigh
No wonder I got 3 pots of “Hand Cream for Gardeners” for Christmas!!
I would like to thank Threadspider for passing on to me an Excellent blog award

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Thank you Judith – I really appreciate it – and I will post again about some of the blogs that I think are excellent. Although the reality is, that the world of blog is just such a wonderful place full of amazing people.

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In the winter – I think as a gardener I am prone to moments of utter madness. A case in point was at the start of this year when I was ordering my sweet pea seeds – a leaflet appeared with the words – buy 4 packets get 1 packet free – and I succumbed. (Sigh)

Last year I had two very successful tepees of sweet peas in the veg garden. They bloomed for months – and I was able to fill my own vases and the vases of several friends. It was such a joy, a meditation to go and pick the sweet peas first thing every morning.

Of course this bliss-full memory meant I ordered far more than I realistically need – however I do have friends who will be happy to take some plants off my hands.

Sweet Peas

So now I am planting seeds for this year ….. lots of them. I tend to plant them in the spring as we are in a high rainfall area and they can get a bit waterlogged and forgotten over the winter.

Sweet Pea Seeds

Each year I seem to treat the seeds differently and unless I write it down, I don’t remember if I nicked them, soaked them or popped them straight into the compost. This year – I am trying to be a bit more scientific – and I have divided each packet into two. Half the seeds have been soaked and half have been put straight into compost – with any luck I will remember to note which does best – but probably come the summer, I will have forgotten which was which – and hopefully my morning meditation will be picking the sweet peas!

Tell me – what do you do with sweet pea seeds, are you a

A Soak-er

A Nicker

or a Pop them straight in

type of person ?

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Carol at May Dreams Garden has been “hosting” her Garden Bloggers Bloom Day for over a year now. If you want to see what is in bloom in gardens around the world then check out her blog here

This is what I found in my garden this morning, in addition to the flowers that I posted this month there are;- Dark Hellebore, A plant whose name I do not know, Primula, Rosemary, and Euphorbia Blackbird.

The Hellebore were in the garden when we arrived – lots and lots of them – and it is a plant which I enjoy very much. The Rosemary and Euphorbia I brought here with me from my last garden.

The plant whose name I do not know came from a friend – I thought it was a type of elephant ears – it has the same slightly untidy ground level/ground cover sprawl so if you recognize it do let me know.

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Spring Sunshine

Daffodils

The daffodils are out now after the wonderful sunshine that we have had the past few days.

I think these are probably Narcissus “tete a tete” although they were here in the garden when we arrived 18 months ago.

I have to confess to not liking daffodils very much – well, I like to see them in other peoples gardens – but not to keen on them in my own, because I always forget where they are and end up putting a fork through them.

The secret is to plant a mass of bulbs somewhere where they can be left to their own devices. In this garden – they seem to be popping up in the flowerbeds and no two are the same variety, so the effect is somewhat spotty.

Single Miniature Daffodil
These miniature ones that are growing beneath the camellia are quite sweet

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Pulmonaria
The sun came out to-day and so did the Pulmonaria – not such an interesting variety as Threadspider had on her blog – but a welcome sign of spring nonetheless.

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Snowdrops

While out walking I saw these snowdrops – which reminded me about the small clump in my garden.

But when I went to look for them ….

Molehill

…. A mole had been there first!

Still haven’t quite sorted the sizes of the image files. I didn’t mean for them to be quite so big!

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