My passion in life is gardening and specifically growing flowers from seed

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Quarry Bank mill visit 2019

I’ve had a lovely afternoon visiting Quarry Bank Mill today with some friends visiting the area and apart from the extortionate entrance price (I’m not a national trust member). We went in the newly refurbished Greg house, it only became empty in 2013, the mill and of course the garden and greenhouse. Here’s a few pictures of the garden. If anyone can identify the plant in the first picture please let me know. I think it’s an alpine.


Wordless Wednesday – tulip Jan Reus

April 2019 in my garden

Greetings from my sunny but still quite blowy Cheshire garden. Just a couple of things currently blossoming/ flowering in my garden. The daffodils were transplanted from a neighbours garden as she had too many so I don’t know the variety but love them. I have a few more dotted about. The second picture is a Snowy Mespilus. Lastly a fritillaria which I’d completely forgotten planting

First tulip to flower this season

It was lovely to have the time yesterday to get some gardening done and see how things are progressing. I potted on my sweet peas that I sowed in October and are now about 1 feet high, weeded, cut the lawn edges and planted out an alstroemeria from the greenhouse. I hadn’t realised it was a hardy plant so doesn’t need the greenhouse space it was taking up and if it dies I have another exactly the same staying in the greenhouse for now.

I’ll leave you with a picture of my first tulip to flower this season. I love tulips and like to try different ones each year. I grow them in pots mainly but they don’t seem to last beyond 1-2 years.

Spring in my Cheshire garden

This is my favourite time of year when everything is growing, blossoming and the evenings are lighter longer every day but it’s not hot. I am not a fan of extremes of weather, whether hot or cold!

I have sweetpea and cosmos seeds coming up in the greenhouse and more to sow.

Here is what’s currently flowering/ blossoming in my garden. Including a forsythia, camellia and magnolia.

First daffodil to flower

This is daffodil Minnow and they have appeared in the last few days

March 2019 in my garden

Greetings from a dull day in my South Manchester garden in the UK! It has actually been unseasonably warm this week and I’ve been able to go out without my coat.

Every time I go outside something new is flowering or growing, it’s an exciting time for gardeners. So here are my pictures, I apologise for the tarpaulin in the picture of the tree, the summer house roof needs fixing and I don’t yet know how to edit my pictures so that it’s not in the shot. I want to learn this!

Wordless Wednesday- crocus

Snowdrop walk at Rode Hall

Some weeks ago my friend and I planned a trip for today to Rode Hall to see the snowdrops. We attempted it last year but the weather was poor and we didn’t make it. So today, it was forecast to be bad again but we thought we’d chance it. It was closed yesterday but when I checked if open today I got no response.

This place is actually featured on Country Life’s top 10 places to see snowdrops and when you visit you can see why, it’s very pretty. As I’ve been before I didn’t take many pictures but sometimes I just can’t resist as I want to look at the pretty.

It’s near Congleton in Cheshire and less than an hours drive for me. It’s open til 3rd March if you are interested. The website is http://www.rodehall.co.uk


This should be a wordless Wednesday post really as I have nothing to add to the picture! But I work on Wednesdays and don’t have time for blogging.