13 Jan 2016

Gardening: January



The new propagator is getting used already
mainly filled with a few pots of seedlings and overwintered pelargoniums



There's another pot of tomato seedlings on the kitchen window sill.
There are one or two carnation stems from the remains of the bunch
 that was bought for Christmas. Hopefully they will take root.



 In the covered yard are some of the lemons that
 have been grown from the pips of the big lemon
 that was given to our daughter Christmas 2014
and below are some more saplings -
an olive that was a gift, citrus and peach
grown from seed.





We still have a few sweet peppers.





Above - hanging baskets with miniature irises and a cactus in bud.




Outside in the garden there are bulbs pushing through the earth
and the vines are showing signs of new life. 


27 comments:

  1. What a great way of displaying the mini irises! You're well ahead with the tomatoes too.

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    1. The hanging baskets are opposite the kitchen door. It's good to have something colourful and eye catching in the yard instead of outside in the garden where the mini irises would have got overlooked and soggy. (We're having a bit of a respite from the wet weather at the moment).

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  2. Tomato seedlings already? No wonder you usually have some early tomatoes to pick. I have to hold off at this time of year because I just don't have anywhere light enough to grow them on so consequently, they grow leggy. Your covered yard is a brilliant area for all your plants.

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    1. The covered yard which is wide and the garage take up a lot of the garden which is a corner plot, but it's useful for keeping most of what's grown in pots. Seedlings in pots get put on available window sills and shelves indoors at this time of the year!

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  3. Hello, Linda! Is this your garden in England? Good heavens, so many plants blooming and growing and looking happy - your garden looks charming. It has a touch of Italy right there. :)
    Here in Eastern Finland it's flurrying now and we are happy to get some snow.
    The irises are gorgeous!

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    1. Hello Sara. Yes, this is the garden in England. My husband likes to grow plants that he would grow in Italy although most are ornamental such as the vines and the olive tree. Snow is expected in the next few days and the pavements were icy this morning.

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  4. Lovely to see these new seedlings Linda. I do envy you your preparedness. You have a good start to the new growing season. Thanks for stopping by and always enjoy your comments.

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    1. All credit to my husband re the growing and nurturing of plants. The tomato seeds were sown in December. I forgot to say I'm pleased that you got your laptop fixed and look forward to more of your posts about your trip to Hawaii.

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  5. You have some wonderful plants in your garden, Linda. I love the hanging basket of Irises:)

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    1. I was pleased to see the irises popping up and blooming. It's the first time we've planted bulbs in a hanging basket and I might do that again next year for miniature daffodils or irises.

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  6. that sweet pepper looks good and is beautiful. love the pot that is behind the tomatoes and seedlings. the flowers are wonderful. you have found the perfect way to garden...

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    1. We use a lot of tomatoes in our cooking, as you can imagine. Also roasted vegetables. A stewed sweet pepper can add flavour to a dish. We don't like them raw though. The covered yard is certainly an asset.

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  7. Love the way you have displayed the mini iris, such a beautiful flower. You are certainly ahead of the game with the tomatoes, well done.

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    1. Thank you Mama :) All irises are beautiful, especially the standard iris with different markings, but it's also good to see the pretty miniature variety at this time of the year.

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  8. So much gardening goodness and promise on the way!! You will have a beautiful garden once again this year, and very productive too! xx

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    1. That's something to look forward to, Amy. I look at photos of our gardens in 2015 and I'm thankful that nature's life cycle will happen once more :)

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  9. What a boost for the eyes and the soul this post is! Tomato seedlings already? Gosh! How wonderful to see all the saplings and Iris already??? Marvellous stuff
    1xxx

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    1. I'm thankful that Mr. P has this interest in gardening and can work in the covered yard/garage attached to the house in the colder months.

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  10. Goodness! It looks like you are getting a jump on spring at your house. Happy gardening!

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  11. It is lovely to watch the beginnings of new life in the garden at this time of year, it fills one full of anticipation.
    Love your propagator by the way.

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    1. I'm looking forward to surprises in the garden as the bulbs that were planted here and there start to bloom - not too soon, I hope, as it looks as if we shall now have a colder period than of late. The propagator will be very useful.

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  12. You've been busy! I'm afraid that I'm likely to avoid considering the garden for at least another 2 months!! Jx

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    1. I'm sure you have plenty to occupy you indoors, what with your creative interests and your work, Jan.

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  13. Wow you are starting early.

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    1. My green fingered husband enjoys his gardening so I leave him to it and he's usually successful with what he grows. It's good that he has somewhere indoors where he can start off his plants.

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  14. So jealous of your January gardening - it must make surviving winter so much easier!

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