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Lyn and Malcolms Garden Blog
April 2013

April 15th
Had a few minutes to spare before going out this morning.

Fritillaria imperialis 'Rubra Maxima' 

Fritillaria imperialis 'Lutea' 

Fritillaria meleagris 

April 14th
Brugmansia repotting day today, as the forecast was dry and cloudy.
But as soon as I opened the doors of the conservatory, it rained. Not a lot, but I wouldn't like to work in it all morning.
I waited a while then decided to carry on.
We would normally repot the Brugs earlier, but the weather has been so cold and windy, we had delayed it.
It took five hours to extract the Brugs out of the conservatory, then get them out of their pots, saw off some of the soil and fibrous root. Mix up some new soil, and put them back into the same pots.
I can just about lift them anyway, so putting them into bigger pots is not on.
Then came the job of getting them back into the conservatory, and be able to shut the doors. How did I get them all in at the beginning of winter?
Glad that job is done.

Some of the Brugmansias outside of the conservatory being repotted.

Plants are growing on now in Lyn's garden. Ipheion uniflorum 'Alberto Castillo' 

Ipheion uniflorum 

Ipheion uniflorum 'Charlotte Bishop' 

Chionodoxa forbesii 'Pink giant' 

Puschkinia libanotica 

Anenome blanda

Scilla siberica 'Spring Beauty' 

Lilium 'Lesley Woodriff emerging from the soil.

Fritillaria meleagris bud about to open/

April 7th
Here are three pictures taken at more or less the same time, showing the difference in growth of the garden.

2013 on 7th April after a long dull and cool period with cold winds.

2012 on 7th April the labels are a good indicator of the amount of growth, can't see many here.

2011 on 11th April virtually no labels showing at all.

April 3rd
Slightly warmer here now, but in the wind it is very cold. Hang on till about the 13th of this month, and temperatures down here in the south, MAY be up to 20 degrees.
Not my forecast, but let's hope it is right, it will get all the plants growing.
I have still not repotted our Brugmansias, I think the shock of taking them outside to repot won't do them any good.
Lyn received a big box of plants today, that she had ordered from Bressingham gardens. I am pleased to say they are good healthy plants.

Fritillaria imperialis 'Rubra Maxima' buds waiting to open. If it does get warmer, look out for Lily beetle on the
Fritillarias, they are not solely found on lilies.

Mr Robin overseeing work in the garden, or more likely holding his territory.

Inside our front room, seedlings we have raised, well some of them. They can't go into the greenhouse till the
tender plants are taken out, and we can't take the tender plants out till the weather warms up