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Lyn and Malcolms Garden Blog
April 2014

April 20th
A change in the weather today, cold and wet.
But we have had about 10 days of nice sunshine but cool nights. I have been tempted to start bringing some of the plants back into the Exotic garden, but the cool nights have put paid to that.
There has been plenty more to do, I power washed the brickwork and paths in my garden, repainted some of the woodwork and continued with the ongoing potting on of plants grown from seed and divisions.

Iris 'Jeremy Brian'

Clematis 'Dawn'   The first of the Group 2 clematis to flower this year.

Fatshedera lizei 'Variegata' 

April 13th
Yesterday was repotting day for the Brugmansias.
One at a time they where hauled out of the conservatory and removed from their pots. The root ball was cut back, not as much as previous years, and then put back in the same pot.
New compost was added, then on to the next one.
I also potted up the cuttings we took last autumn, into 2 litre pots.

This morning in bright sunshine, we went down the allotment and dug out the shallow trenches for the runner beans.
In the trenches we put a mixture of the old compost from the Brugmansias and some manure.
The runner beans are just coming up in their pots in the greenhouse, it will be at least 2-3 weeks before they go in the allotment.

Seven of the ten Brugmansias waiting to go back into the conservatory after repotting. The circular and square trays
are what we use to stand the Brugmansias in,  while in the conservatory.

Anemone nemorosa 'Robinsoniana' 

Tulipa bakeri 'Lilac wonder' 

Magnolia 'George Henry Kern' 

Tulipa clusiana var. chrysantha 'Tubergens Gem' 

Washingtonia robusta 

Washingtonia robusta 

Erythronium californicum 'Harvington Snowgoose' 

April 11th
A week before we went away, down at the allotment we had the grand opening of the site.
There are now 70 allotments and a car park. All allotments are taken. So it has been fairly busy down there.
We know what it is like for the new allotmenteers, this time last year we had just about cleared the site and nearly finished digging it.

Here is a picture I took of the opening.

April 10th
Daytime temperatures have been reasonably good for the time of year, as has the nightime, but just a bit too cold at night to leave any exotic plants out.
So today I took the front off the "Giraffe House". Giraffe as in tall.
You can see all the Agarve on the top shelf, they got a good watering today after being kept dry over winter.
I can easily put the front back on if needed.

Another of the many jobs today was to remove the forming seed pods on the two 'Trachycarpus fortunei'.
I always take them off as I don't want thousands of seeds, and also I reckon the plant grows quicker as it doesn't weaken the plant so much.

I am not looking forward to repotting the Brugmansias, possibly this coming weekend. They have to be got out of the conservatory and taken outside.
They are in large containers and are heavy. And they will have to go back in again after repotting with new compost.

This is just the contents of one small seed pod of 'Trachycarpus fortunei '

I took 18 pods off the two 'Trachycarpus'

And this is the "Giraffe House" to the left of the Moorish arch.

April 9th

I haven't posted on our website for quite a while, my excuse? well we have been on holiday.
It had been 7 years since we had a holiday, we deserved one after that long.
We stayed in a small Casita, next door to the English owners house, in a village called Jimena de la Frontera, inland in southern Spain.
We stayed there for 10 days, the temperature was between 20c and 25c every day apart from one afternoon when it drizzled for a couple of hours.
Lucky with the weather we were, the morning we left it was tipping down with rain, and apparently did so all day.They ended up with 50mm of rain that day.

Back home all was well, but with plenty to do, we spent 3 days on the trot in the garden, and still have plenty to do here and at the allottment.
This morning while Lyn was out, I power washed all the paths and brickwork in her garden, she always has a good moan about the mess and water everywhere,
but once it has all dried out, it looks clean and looked after. When she got back she did moan, but not too much.

Echium Fastuosum. Flowering in the greenhouse. I waited for 3 years
for this plant to flower, grown from seed.

Aloe variegata. In the Greenhouse

Fritillaria imperialis 'Rubra Maxima' 

Erythronium californicum 'Harvington Snowgoose' 

Narcissus 'Segovia' 

Hakonechloa macra 'Alboaurea' 

Erythronium 'From Snape Cottage' 

Clematis atragene 'Tage Lundell' 

Uvularia grandiflora

Today in part of Lyn's front garden. The start of the Green Time, between the Daffodils and early bulbs, waiting for the first
Summer flowers.