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Baby Beanies, Ice Patterns and Seeds

I’ve been knitting tiny little hats for premature babies at our local hospital. They are in three colours, red for the very poorly ones, orange for this who are getting better and green for those are nearly ready to go home.  Time to contact the co-ordinator for collection. My camera has reproduced the red very badly!

Traffic light hats

Thawing the soup for lunch, this pretty pattern turned up on the icy plastic pint pot as it sat in a pan of cold water.

More seeds arrived today – great delight all round and more plans for Summer colour.

Sweet Peas for scent in the day , Nicotiana for evening scent, Nasturtiums for colour and salads and Poppies for their rich colours and lovely seed pods.

 

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We’ve Had Snow!

Just a dusting of course, this being West Cornwall (though we have had real snow a few times in the past!) so everything was white and pretty for a few hours.

 
 

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Roasted Rainbow, Wren and Panda Fun

One of our favourite veggie meals is Rainbow Roast, lots of roasted vegetables with cubes of halloumi cheese. There are red, yellow and green peppers,  courgettes, red onion, cauliflower florets, sun-dried tomatoes  and red grapes – it is delicious!

I just about managed to get a photo of the little wren who visits our garden.

My SIL sent me this link and it is great fun. Make sure you watch the video!

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/watch-giant-pandas-other-zoo-animals-frolic-snow-180976899/

 
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Posted by on February 3, 2021 in Food, garden, nature, Photography, Postaday2021

 

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Six on Saturday and A Winter Swimmer

Just the one beautiful day this week so we got in a good walk and some garden tidying up, discovering some Crocuses hidden under decaying leaves. Spring is certainly springing in Cornwall, very, very wet and quite (relatively) warm.

1.  The Crocuses

2 and 3  The beautiful little anemones are beginning to bloom.

4.      More Snowdrops

5.       Iris Reticulata

6.  Paler Iris Reticulata – I prefer the darker ones.

I told my friend about the comments about her winter swimming and pointed her to them. This is her response
“Awwwh that’s so lovely Sally. I love the ‘Is she sane?’ I can only say, it’s questionable at times but cold water swimming helps. Today’s swimming adventure is at high tide in Little Beach at Portreath. It’ll probably be mizzling if not piddling down, I’ll have my diving head torch, oh so glam waterproof changing robe and hot water bottle and chocolate. What else could a girl wish for on a Saturday night in lock down?!”
Later this afternoon, N popped over so that I could add a photo. She is such a star!

The inspiration for Six on Saturday comes from The Propagator. Pop over to see his posts and to read sixes from lots of other gardeners to find out how gardens all over the world are faring.

 

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Six on Saturday – 16th January 2021

It’s been a mixed week of rain, bitter winds and a sun that is beginning to feel warm! My six today are all pleasing  to see in our garden and seeds for hope for the future

  1.  The edible trough has herbs and lettuces still.

Lettuces in the edible garden, ready to eat

2.  The Alliums are shooting up.

Allium Drumstick/ Sphaerocephalon

3.   There are buds beginning on the Snowdrops.

Snowdrops

4.   Tiny Nigella seedlings have appeared, all self sown.

Love-in-a-mist  

 

5.   There are buds on the Lavender!

Lavender

6.   Seeds for the allotment arrived in the post today!

Sarah Raven seeds

The inspiration for Six on Saturday comes from The Propagator. Pop over to see his posts and to read sixes from lots of other gardeners to find out how gardens all over the world are faring.

 

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Six on Saturday 9-1-2021

It’s very cold, it’s wintery dark too early and we are all worried about the virus but there is hope in the garden. Nature will have her way, has kept us supplied with greens over the winter and now new shoots are appearing heralding a bright and beautiful Spring.
Here are my six for this week.
1. We redid the wall border in the early Autumn, planted lots of bulbs and some Clematis. This evergreen one has just taken off and is already all over the trellis.

Clematis Wisley Cream

2  In the same border are lots of winter flowering pansies which we can see from the kitchen window. The orange ones have been much more successful than the purple ones and make lovely bright spots in the border. Lots of the bulbs are peeping through.

 

3.  I went looking for Snowdrop shoots and found a few. Some I expected to find are smothered in weeds and we’ll have to get to clearing that little patch quickly to give the flowers some air and a chance.

Snowdrop shoots

4.  The raised beds continue to supply us with Kalettes otherwise known as Flower Sprouts. They are delicious quickly stir fried in garlic butter.

Kalettes/Flower Sprouts

5.  We acquired an allotment in the Autumn (great excitement having waited several years) and all we’ve really done is clear the dense weeds. We have however planted some Osteospermum along the path and a row of Elephant Garlic which has started to sprout! Yippee.

The Daffodils in the front garden  are quite tall and almost ready to bend their heads over so flowering isn’t too far away……

6. We have spent some happy hours planning the allotment and have this week ordered lots of seeds – for Dwarf French Beans, Courgettes, Leeks, Pumpkin, Tumbling Tom Tomatoes and Kale. News of those in due course.

And, just for fun, on our walk today and in someone else’s garden,  we were serenaded by a Robin who stayed there singing as we approached, as we went by and until we were so far away, we couldn’t hear him any more. What a treat!

The inspiration for Six on Saturday comes from The Propagator. Pop over to see his posts and to read sixes from lots of other gardeners.

 

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World Kindness Day, A Wonderful Word and A Charm

World Kindness day – if only every day were so named and  acted upon. What a wonderful word this  – triskaidekaphobia! It means a fear of all things to do with thirteen so Friday 13th comes under this heading. In fact, Friday 13th is a positive date, a day of good luck.

Every day there is a charm of Goldfinches at the feeders, nine here, sometimes more with others waiting their turn on the arch.

 

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Red in November

The Crinodendron has lots of lovely lanterns, the Alstromeria, somewhat storm beaten but still in flower, both redder in life than in the photo,  and red leaves in the lane to town.

We, like many others will be up late tonight watching the results from America and hoping for the sake of our family and our friends there, for the sake of America and for the sake of our world, that the Democrats win………..

 

Welly Dogs, Leaves and Geranium

Our Welly Dogs have been given poppies for Remembrance Day.  Redruth is very proud of its Tinners’ Hounds made by David Kemp. Follow this link to find out more about the sculptor and his intriguing work.

On the lane home, the trees are changing colours.

We are delighted with our new Geranium, planted only a couple of months ago. It hasn’t stopped flowering since we put it in the front garden.

Geranium Rozanne

 

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Clematis times Three

It’s past mid October and we have Clematis in flower, most surprisingly a Nelly Moser looking wonderful.

Nelly Moser

Clematis Huldine should be in flower now and is quite prolific!

The third one is just beginning to flower and is in the new wall border. It’s Clematis Florida Sieboldii.

 

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