This is the journal of my endeavours to grow a range of fruit, veg and flowers from seed, grow organically, and my attempts to create a personal paradise with 1/2 acre of maintained gardens and 1/2 acre wild meadows. Northern Ireland's average daily high temperatures are 18 °C (64 °F) in July and 6 °C (43 °F) in January. Soil type: Clay

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Spring has sprung

It's feeling a bit more Spring-like with the daylight hours getting longer, the weather feeling a bit warmer and lots of Spring colour in the garden.


Narcissus Tete-a-Tete -

these miniature daffodils are more 'lady' like than the larger bulbs, and withstand windy conditions much better. I prefer these as the larger varieties generally end of broken over due to our weather conditions this time of year.

Above and below: Crocus Botanical Mixed - these little bulbs were planted in the Autumn and have made a great little show of colour in their first year, planted in a red pot along with a purple Weigela.

Jobs in the garden this week have included sowing seed, planting seed potatoes, and planting stuttgarter onions.

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  1. Happy Spring, Kelli! I'm with you on the business of short vs long daffs. The tall ones always get knocked about too much - which is OK if you have hundreds of them but not if you only have a dozen, like me!

  2. Hi Kelli and Happy Spring to you! I love the beautiful Spring flowers, especially the daffodils. They are so cheerful. I would love to have arm loads in vases in the house, too!! Here, we can only find them in the grocery store or florist, not growing, as it is too hot.

  3. Glorious Spring blooms.. Happy Spring to you too kelli.. :o)

  4. Another vote for the miniature daffodils from me

  5. I like both sorts, I did see some particularly nice pale yellow daffs on a walk this morning which I will be searching out for. Happy spring x

  6. Beautiful spring flowers! They look so lovely!

  7. Such pretty blooms, I love this time of year when all the spring bulbs are flowering. I grew tete a tetes in a container last year then planted them in the ground when they'd finished flowering, they've come back even better this year.

  8. Yippee, spring! There is no other season more welcome to a gardener. Ours has come in fits and starts. I worked a bit, then it got bitter cold again. But this week appears to be getting warmer again, so I think it will finally be time to finish up the winter clean up. Tete a tete daffs are my favorite too. They pop up so early, and keep their shape so nicely. Very cute!