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A Midland Alpine Gardener's Diary

This entry: 24 December 2009 by Diane Clement

Diary Entry No 19 Round up of 2009 Part 1

I apologise for not having managed a diary entry for a while, due to seed exchange work taking over my life for the last three months.  I now have a brief window of opportunity, before more seed work continues for me in the new year!

At this time of year, the media often resort to a well-worn device and review the year, so I thought I would copy that idea, so here follows a few of my favourite things (to quote another well used cliché!) from 2009, in chronological order. 

January 2009
A light dusting of snow on the garden stared the year 2009

January 2009

In the greenhouse, Galanthus are oblivious of the conditions

Whilst outside, Cyclamen coum shrug off the snow

February 2009
Early February 2009 brought a relatively heavy fall of snow which covered the garden.  Day time temperatures remained below zero for over a week, an phenomenon rarely encountered in the past few years. 

February 2009

Bulbs in the greenhouse continue to flower despite the low temperatures

Some February flowers
Saxifraga 'Excellent'      Colchicum trigynum

Hepatica japonica         Hyacinthus causasicus

Some February flowers

Crocus corsicus      Hepatica japonica

Crocus reticulatus reticulatus

Narcissus cantabricus petunioides

Narcissus bulbocodium nivalis    Narcissus 'Camoro'

March 2009

In the greenhouse a range of plants are in flower

March 2009

Whilst out in the garden, the warming soil is also encouraging blooming

Corydalis malkensis      Chionodoxa lucillae alba

Narcissus jonquilla minor      Primula vulgaris sibthorpiana 

Daphne mezereum album   Rhododendron mucronulatum chejuense

I was pleased this year by the display of crocuses in the lawn, mostly Crocus chrysanthus and biflorus hybrids

April 2009

The garden soil starts to warm up by April and flowering shrubs dominate some areas of the garden

Clematis alpina did very well this year

April 2009

as did Rhododendron "Sapphire", which I had concerns about as it was lifted and moved the previous year to make way for the Access frame (visible at the back of the picture).  The picture also shows one of my biggest "weeds" in the garden, Primula vulgaris, which seeds all around the beds, paths and lawn

May 2009

The garden continues as the main focus of interest

Doronicum austriacum

May 2009

Some memories from the garden in May

Roscoea cautleyoides                                    Polygonatum franchettii                              Iris sp

Rhododendron campylogynum white form                                        Lamium orvale

 

Corydalis "Craigton Blue"                                                                       Paeonia veitchii

                                                                                                                     Roscoea cautleyoides pale form

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