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Old Court Diary

This entry: 26 February 2017 by Ross Barbour

Spring has yet to arrive.......

The AGS Pershore early show on Saturday was like a breath of fresh air. Its been sometime since we have been to a show and never an early one so it was fantastic to see so many superb entries. I take my hat off to all the exhibitors and how much work goes into not only growing the plants to perfection but also getting them to the shows. But we all know that no matter how much blood sweat and tears are shed, timing is everything.

Galanthus 'Amy Doncaster' and Crocus tommasinianus

My visit to the show at Pershore made think about all the bulbs and woodland perenials we have been planting throughout the garden, a man cannot live on Asters alone! So this got me thinking about my Diary and and sharing some of the lovely things we grow in it, also Neil Huntly gave me a hard time for not keeping up with my Diary.

Above: Galnthus 'Amy Doncaster' and Crocus tommasinianus 'Roseus'

Helen and I share a passion for plants, mostly we like the same ones but not always, that would be dull. So shopping trips can be a little expensive when we're out together, especially at something like the AGS Pershore Show, where some of the finest nurseries come to sell their beautiful plants.

But the garden is only an acre and a half and contains the Plant Heritage National collection of Autumn flowering asters, over 400 different varieties!

So I have been pushing the garden to its very boundaries to make more space for our precious new acquisitions. With chainsaw, woodchipper, digger and bonfire we have reclaimed a nice chunk of ground large enough to have a new path and space to plant up with shrubs, woodland perennials and lots of bulbs.

New space after cutting back undergrowth and clear

New space after cutting back undergrowth and clear

Lots of hard work

Lots of hard work

Starting to take shape

Starting to take shape

Anemone blanda 'Ingramii'

Anemone blanda 'Ingramii'

This is Maggie, our trusted and faithful hound. She likes to patrol the garden and lend a helping hand picking up sticks. This means extra path raking for me but they need a more regular scrape anyway.

Crocus fleischeri

Crocus fleischeri growing well in one of the raised beds between the asters.

Crocus fleischeri

Eranthis hyemalis 'Guinea Gold'

Lovely in the sunshine this is in the Tubergenii Group.

Eranthis hyemalis 'Guinea Gold'

Crocus tommasinianus 'Pictus'

Our wee clump of this is smashing Crocus is multiplying rather well, so pleased as it is very beautiful.

Crocus tommasinianus 'Pictus'

Narcissus 'Candlepower'

This is one of our most precious daffs, two flowers this year. Raised by Alec Gray pre 1972 this miniature trumpet starts off a bright yellow when it opens fading to a creamy white as it ages.

Narcissus 'Candlepower'

....and finaly

Its great to have so much going on in February, lots of flowers and so much colour but there is still a bit to go till spring.

....and finaly
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