February 24th 2013 Chitting Potatoes

24 02 2013

I like to grow a variety of potatoes and I usually buy them from Tuckers in Devon as they have a great range.  This means that I always buy too many and we don’t usually manage to eat all of our crop!  This year we have BF15, Cherie, Charlotte and Pink Fir Apple.  I have also bought Vanessa which is new to me and a first early new red skinned potato.  The rest are salad potatoes that I boil or roast with olive oil and rosemary.  My mouth is watering already and I guess  what you can see here is potential again though it’s food rather than flowers!  And I love the magic of planting one potato and digging up a dozen…IMG_3367 IMG_3369

Advertisements




February 23rd – I started early as a gardener!

23 02 2013

February 23rd - I started early as a gardener!

My life as a gardener began many years ago……





February 19th 2013

19 02 2013

February 19th 2013

It’s another amazingly warm and sunny day and I’ve spent several hours clearing leaves and weeds and dead foliage around the garden. Everywhere I look shoots are appearing and buds are forming. It’s what I love most about gardening – the potential for beauty in leaf and flower in the future. And once you know a garden well, especially one that you have created from scratch, as you work you see how you know it will look in the months to come.





February 18th 2013

18 02 2013

February 18th 2013

Great snowdrops!

 

IMG_3329





February 18th 2013

18 02 2013

Prunus Autumnalis in bloom still.IMG_3320





February 17th 2013

17 02 2013

IMG_3265The cornus controversa that stands above the pond is literally busting into large pink buds. We lost a lower branch last year but it is now shooting from the base





February 17th 2013

17 02 2013

February 17th 2013

A little pond maintenance – now isn’t that my pink wheelbarrow? watch out for the newts, they are everywhere.