Friday, 28 October 2011

Garden colour for the coming months

Last weekend I managed to get my bulbs and autumn bedding plants potted up. Yet again we were spoilt by beautiful sunshine and during the afternoon last Sunday the temperature got up to 20oc. We even enjoyed our lunch sitting out in the garden.
The first thing I did was to add the water to my Hyacinth vase, pop the bulb on top and then put it away in the garage under a block pot to keep it in the dark.


I had a peep a few minutes ago and there are already little white roots beginning to be put down into the water.





















Next it was time to empty out some pots, give them a scrub and and then tuck some bulbs up into the compost.
















I plant my bulbs in layers. Here is the deepest layer with tulips around the edge and a daffodil in the centre. I then added a few more layers of bulbs.









At the top I added my winter flowering pansies and violas. I planted up 3 large pots and a hanging basket with the bedding plants. They are such happy flowers, their little faces "smile" all winter long and they are pretty hardy souls too.











As I had spare bulbs I also decided to try some small pots of bulbs which I have tucked in under the shelter of my buddleia



There are some miniature daffodils here in the tiny pots here and I am hoping I might be able to bring them indoors before Christmas and bring them on for some mid/late winter flowering. Unbelievably I still even have some digitalis in flower and you can see the plants "ready" for flowering next year. I just need to keep an eye that the slugs and snails don't gorge on them too much.











I brought one of the pots down by my Studio so that I can see it from out of my window. I also hope to have some lovely bulbs blooming there in the spring.









I even managed to give the lawn it's final hair cut and I felt great satisfaction that my garden is all neat, the bulbs are tucked up in their posts and I have some colour to give me some cheer in the garden over the coming months.

I still even have a few of my summer bedding plants hanging on and in flower so my garden continues to inspire me even as the daylight shortens.

 It's time for our clocks to go back on Saturday night, the end of British Summer Time for another year. We will really notice the difference next week, it will start getting dark nearer 4.30pm; that bit of winter I do not enjoy. But of course that does mean that something special beginning with "C" is on it's way. I have a countdown on my phone and I hate to break this to you but there are now 58 days until Christmas!

If that has shocked you I shall come back to next week; there is of course  Halloween to enjoy on Monday. My children are too old be tricking or treating but I could not resist buying them and their partners these...



Fun eh.... Smartie filled little pumpkins. Your children are never too old are they ;0)


I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. We have had some much needed rain here during the week but still some lovely sunny days as well. I am hoping to get the shelving sorted for my studio and I am also working on making more  jewellery stock for my annual Open House in a few weeks time.

Take care,

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

PS I must also add that dear Billy is fighting fit once more and jumping high over the fence again. Thanks for all your get well wishes you sent him ;0) X

18 comments:

  1. They're never too old for halloween treats, I bought skeleton lollipops for mine this afternoon. :)
    58 days to 'C' just what I wanted to hear Jane!!! ;)
    I was planting some pansies this afternoon too, I agree they always remind me of little faces as well!
    My garden does need a bit of tidying though, I'm afraid we are a bit behind with that due to all the rain we've had, thankfully the last three days have been quite nice.
    Have a great weekend Jane,
    Vivienne x

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  2. I knew that info would cheer you up Vivienne -LOL.Our kids always love treats don't they. I hope you manage to get out to the garden over the weekend; you really have had all the rain for the UK!
    Enjoy the weekend,
    Jane x

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  3. Hi Jane,
    You are so on top of things, Your gardens still look beautiful and will be all set for an even prettier Spring. I did not get my bulbs in before our first snow last night.......but as soon as it melts I'm out there!! Thanks for sharing your great pictures. Have a nice weekend, xoRobin❤

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  4. Gosh Robin, snow already! I hope you manage to get your bulbs in soon, they need to get cosy for the coming winter;0) Have a lovely weekend,
    Jane x

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  5. You're an inspiration at getting your garden all set for the next seasons. We have a rather wild garden that takes care of itself, but hubby does bring in and winters over several pots of geraniums, begonias and even a big huge red banana is in my studio!! LOL!

    Glad Billy is well.. and tell us more about your open studio!!

    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  6. Hello Jane! I'm happy to hear that you have enjoyed great weather and gardening! We have done this week also many things in the garden for the winter. Your idea to put pulps to potteries is really good! I remember how beautiful they were last spring! I hope I can try that.
    Hugs to you and Billy!
    PS. Pansies are my for ever favourites!

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  7. Thanks Teresa it would be very different if I had your 5 acres to look after. My open house is an annual jewelery party I have at home where lots of my customers come to get some of their Christmas gifts. It's a really fun afternoon.
    Jane x

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  8. I hope I have as good a show of flowers from my bulbs next spring as I did this year Teje . The snow we had actually improved them! Enjoy sorting out your garden too.
    Jane x

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  9. Hi Jane, Im your newest follower - love your blog!

    Im so glad you posted about your bulbs as it has reminded me that I need to get into gear and get some planted!

    Helenxx

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  10. Good morning Helen and a really warm welcome to my blog. It's always a bit of effort getting bulbs planted up but the reward in the spring is so worth it! Enjoy your garden planting.
    Jane x

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  11. I LOVED that 58(it's even less today I think?) days news, dear Jane! Yippee!

    Yours planting looks lovely, and I especially loved the flowers you can see from your studio window. We're soon hitting November (!!!) and your flowers are still in full bloom, amazing! It's beautiful here today too, though, sun shines and all!

    Have a wonderful weekend (and oh how I would love to have one of those pumpkins!) and a big kiss to Billy!

    Yours,
    Mia

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  12. I could really do with you educating me about bulbs Jane...I love making up my hanging baskets and have even grown my bedding plants from seed on many occasions over the years but bulbs remain a bit of a mystery to me!.....I just have a few miniature daffodils and tulips which I planted a long time ago and they always reward me with much needed bright Spring colour .....
    I can see your little studio being awash with flowers come Spring!
    Hope you have a lovely weekend,
    Susan x
    P.S I'm not looking forward to those clocks going back tonight!

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  13. Yes Mia it's 57 today! Yet again the weather is warm and sunny and my pots are loving it. We are off out to look for my storage units and shelves for my studio. I am glad the sun is shining in Finland too. Enjoy your weekend .
    Jane x

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  14. You are so organised, Jane, and will have so much colour to look forward to in your garden when spring comes. What a good idea to plant now so you can enjoy the flowers from your studio too. We are planning a big gardening day tomorrow...Hope you are having a lovely weekend. So glad Billy is better.
    Helen x

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  15. My sleeping bulbs are my promise of spring Helen. I hope you are able to have your gardening day tomorrow. Billy is loving it out there.
    Jane x

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  16. Hi Susan, bulbs really are such undemanding souls and no matter what the winter weather throws at them they snooze away and come up with a cheery smile in the spring..I love them and my favourites are my daffodils. Do get some going in your garden, they won't let you down. I am also not looking forward to the darker evenings but it does mean my favourite time of year is getting closer!
    Jane x

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  17. Hi Jane! I enjoyed the pics you shared from your garden this week. I do love the pansies, though I haven't been to the nursery to shop for any lately- our warm days are still hanging on, and my pots are filled with succulents. Such beautiful colors, and I can just imagine the hyacinth's fresh fragrance when it blooms. Glad to see that the holiday celebrations are ongoing there, regardless of how big the kids grow! Have a great week, and as always, a pat for Billy! :o)

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  18. .............mmmm yes Michele, the smell of hyacinths, what memories that evokes. Have a happy Halloween on Monday over there in the States and enjoy your continuing sunshine. Billy sends a purr,
    Jane x

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Jane x