Charting the progress on my allotment in Leeds, West Yorkshire.
Friday, 22 March 2013
Recent Shopping Trips
I've picked up a few new plants on some recent shopping trips. A couple of weeks ago, I asked Hubby to tidy up the border for me as I'm adding some new plants to it this year. Unfortunately, he's not very good at identifying which are weeds and which are plants, and he dug up my clematis. I'm not too bothered as it was never a star performer, but it meant that I needed something new to grow up the trellis. When I was in Wilkinson's last week, I noticed they had quite a good selection of clematis, and they were a good price too. I chose Bees Jubilee, firstly because I love the name, and secondly because I think it's such a pretty colour. The thing I'm not too keen on is that it's a group 2 clematis. The clematis which was weeded out was a group 3, and it was so easy to prune. It was just a case of pruning all the old stems back to a healthy pair of buds about a foot off the ground in February or March. Pruning involves more work with group 2 clematis, but it's such a lovely plant that I don't mind. I've since looked up Bees Jubilee on the internet, it has a compact habit and is ideal for growing in containers, so I may change my mind from growing it up the trellis and grow it in a pot. I was bought a couple of climbing roses for Mother's Day which I may grow up the trellis instead. Something else which I picked up in Wilkinsons was a dahlia - Topmix Orange. It was Hubby who liked this, and as he doesn't usually have an opinion on most flowers, I indulged him and bought it. I shall start it off in a pot but then transfer it to the border. I couldn't resist the primula - Glorious Laced Silver when I was buying the Pulmonaria from a local nursery, so that came home with me too.
I'm very happy to report that I'm seeing more goldfinches in the garden now. I posted last week that I only ever see one goldfinch at a time, but no sooner as I'd done that post, I saw a pair on the feeders. Since then, another one has joined them. They stay for ages on the feeders, and it seems that the other birds are a bit wary of them, they must have a temper if their meal gets interrupted. It's lovely that they're starting to bring their friends with them.
I don't think anything will get done at the allotment again this weekend. We've got snow here today and more is forecast, though this first lot is already starting to thaw. The temperature has dropped, it took my breath away when I ventured outside to take Archie for a walk. I think some armchair gardening in called for this weekend, thank goodness Gardeners World is back on tv, that will give me my gardening fix.
I'm a forty eight year old mum of two and I live on the outskirts of Leeds in West Yorkshire. I've been married to Mick for twenty six years and we have a son, Daniel, who's twenty two and a daughter, Eleanor, who's eighteen. I gave up work in 2010 and now have more time to indulge in my hobbies of knitting, crochet and gardening. I hope you enjoy reading and will follow along with my adventures.