Thursday, 19 March 2015

Taking stock

I decided to do a list of all the plants I have in my polytunnel ready to get planted out in the garden this year - the result surprised even me and I see them every day.
Here's part of the list:
Roses x 17
Hydrangea x 4
Caryopteris x 3
Geum x 6
Hebe x 9
Honeysuckle x 3
Thread palm x 8
Rosa Rugosa x 15
Hosta x 12
Hibiscus x 20
and that's without all the Day lilys, pokers, Crocosmia and heaps upon heaps of other plants and bulbs.
What the heck am I supposed to do with 20 Hibiscus? I mean, I don't even know if they do well in this climate.
What about Thread Palms? Do they survive the weather here?
I also have a Chusan Palm but I believe they're supposed to be hardy enough to survive here and in fact someone along the main road has a huge one in their very exposed front garden and that one appears to be thriving, though it is secured with lots of pulleys.
I have a Phoenix Canariensis too but I'm not sure whether to plant it out and protect it through winter or leave it in a pot and bring it in for winter - I suspect the latter because I had one many years ago that died in the winter.

Anyways, those geese that arrived earlier in the year are still here. They appear at the same time every year but I've never known them to stay longer than a few days so I'm not sure what has happened to make them stay all this time. I'm not complaining though cos I love seeing them especially when they get ready to take off and land - they're so chatty.

The gardens been too boggy to work in at the moment, I've managed the odd day of weeding and tomorrow MrTG has stated that he'll be taking the day off work to give me a hand out there (Yes, I know how lucky I am) but for the moment I'm making use of my new workshop and decided to make a few bird houses.
I don't know why I did it but I decided to make a bird house from an old wooden carriage clock we were going to throw out, I figured it would look nice on my worshop wall when it's done and maybe even a Blue Tit would make use of it.
I kind of like the finished look but I am totally disappointed with Ronseal clear external varnish - it's not clear and it's ruined the colour of the paint I used, it's given it a dirty look and so the finished piece doesn't look like what I wanted.

See the dirty grungy look that the varnish has left! Not cool Ronseal!!!!


  1. I wonder what the birds will make of your up market nest box.

  2. Genius idea with the bird box....Bravo ☺


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