A Walk on South East Dartmoor

Just a few pictures of a 2hr walk on Dartmoor with a neighbours little dog who usually comes along and has done for the last 10 years. I know there won’t be many of these as she is ageing and now in view of C-19 all our lives are changing.

I am in self isolation to protect my husband but also being over 70 I am with the at risk group. So my thoughts go out to all of you and I hope you manage to stay well.

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SIX ON SATURDAY 14/3/20

It’s been a busy few weeks but at last time and a gap in the showers to pop out and take enough photos to get a reasonable SOS. It’s a lovely time of year seeing the shrubs beginning to put out leaves and herbaceous plants showing signs of life. The Primulas are so reliable even if they are somewhat ruined by the weather they have a lot of colour and cheer me.

I suppose I should be out there now but I was keen to see The Propagators blog and the latest photos from his many fellow Sixes devotees, so here we go then.

ERYSIMUM BOWLES MAUVE

It’s very first flower of the year.

CERINTHE MAJOR ‘PURPURASCENS’

It grows in nothing large gravel and whatever has washed down between the mebrane and gravel alongside our parking place and footpath, it is gradually extending it’s range and I am happy to let it as last year I had a mass of very small totally black bees feasting on the flowers, crossing my fingers I get to see the same this year and possibly identify them.

ROBINSON CRUSOE FEET

Or something like that, bought years ago at a car boot for pennies. they were by the pond but moved them in Autum they now make a footpath in for dead heading. You can’t have a glass of wine or two if you intend to navigate these!!

PRIMULA COMBO

I have no idea at the moment if this is all one plant, or three different coloured flowers or is it a clump of seedlings, all will no doubt be revealed when they stop flowering and I can disturb them for a proper look.

SELF SOWN

Isn’t nature great it does a better job than I can. Primrose, Foxglove, Forget me not and the pretty little spreading Ivy leafed toadflax always finds it’s way in.

Lamium Maculatum

Love the fresh leaves it has obviously sown itself in to close to a Lambs ear, not spotted until it put out a couple of flowers, I had better rescue it not many of these left in the Hens garden as they like to scoff them, maybe it has learnt to camouflage itself!

SIX ON SATURDAY 8/02

Unlike our host for SOS The Propagator I have been very idle garden wise, apart from walking through it to feed the chickens, I do very little but then my plan was to leave everything until spring. All very well but I am finding it harder to resist snipping of the dead stuff as bulbs, Hellabores and new green growth start to take center stage. I wonder how long I will hold out for, well certainly won’t be out there tomorrow, with the high winds forecast. There is peace of mind now that I will not find any slates lying around after the storm as we have a brand new roof above us now. sorting the pots out and putting the gravel to rights after this main event should be high priority but it can wait until I am in the mood. However I did manage a SOS and here they are.

Snowdrop

Probably the common one and so nice to see.

Hellabore Double Ellen pink

Usually she rots of in all our damp but this year for some reason she has shrugged it off and is a mass of blooms. See what I mean folks about the twiggy bits, maybe they make her stand out more?

Hellabore

Not one that holds it’s head up there is a bit of a cheat by way of a stick, anyone else have a knack to share?

Companions

Which came first the Hellabore or the Buddlia neither appear to be in the centre of the pot!!

No Prizes

No prizes for my daffodils this year someone has been having a good munch on them, I wouldn’t mind but the garden is full of birds maybe I should starve them then they would eat the culprits.

Pulmonaria (Lungwort)

These little chaps always lift me up, reliable in whatever the weather has to throw at them apart from the odd rotted or frosted leaf they are true survivors.

LAST WEEKS SOS

This is a complete is a cheat on my part, as I did not take the pictures myself and also they are a week late to the day. My daughter christened her Step Dads new camera, he was too poorly to do so. She took the camera out in the -4 we had here and bought the winter garden indoors to him in photo’s. so here we go no plant names just a winter snapshot with one extra that I couldn’t resist taking with my camera the next day so yet another flaunting of The Propogators rules:)

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SIX ON SATURDAY 4/1/20

Seems ages since I posted a SOS for The Propagator who as always is very diligent and continues to post come what may. I on the other hand skulked about mostly indoors, as every time I did get the camera out, it poured with rain and I lost heart.

So at last here I am with my first 2020 SOS. Wishing you all a Happy Healthy gardening year and hoping that there is some good news from Australia soon it is devastating to see and hear about the homes, lives and animals lost.

HIDING IN THE GREENHOUSE

Found behind the cold frame that lives in the greenhouse on a tidying up day, I think it’s just a bit old to eat now!!

FOXGLOVE IN WAITING
LIGHTLY FROSTED HYPERICUM
RAINDROPS ON HELLEBORE

Are we too early again I think so. Last year they suffered badly having come into flower early and then clobbered by a hard frost after which they did put up a reasonable show but nothing like normal. I have always found Hellebores to be an easy reliable plant but not recently. Lovely to see in mid winter though.

DAPHNE IN WAITING

I have never grown Daphne’s before but now have two in the border. I can see something has been munching on it but it’s not going to detract from the flowers when they eventually open, so looking forward to seeing it in full bloom.

HELLEBORE

So many different ones and some very healthy offspring growing nearby . They never seem to thrive in pots so left them to grow a little bigger. If anyone knows the secret of best time to pot up please let me in on it as I have tried at different times using a variety of potting composts but they always drag their heels for me.

SIX ON SATURDAY 9/11/19

I have been very absent from SOS of late so today this has priority, food is in the slow cooker, windows can wait etc. As usual we have had too much rain not as bad as elsewhere but a real nuisance. It’s been a busy couple of weeks deciding where to over winter pots of young plants and getting to grips with the bulbs in pots. As I write the sun has come out and I am resisting the urge and trying to put roots down into the floor so I stay put and finish and have something to contribute to this great pagehttps://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/2019/11/09/six-on-saturday-09-11-2019/

BACK TURNED

This is what happens to a pot of bulbs when my back is turned!!

WINTER HAVEN

Two lumps of old fallen down Apple tree and a spare piece of boarding from raised bed repair a borrowed back wall from man shed et voila a winter resting place, note the Parahebe still flowering amazingly tough little plant.

HEUCHERAS LAST FLING

If the label was in focus I could name this plant, if I unroot myself I will be off out in the garden and won’t come back!

IVY NO HOLLY

Pruning out the Brambles which share space with the Railway Embankment garden released a yellow cloud of pollen which made me stop or I would be depriving the insects of their possible last supper before hibernation, good excuse to do something less prickly.

GERANIUM ANNE THOMPSON

Quite possibly her last flower of the year,

BILL & BEN

They have a nice new rustic piece of oak to sit on, just wish I could find them some new hats paper mache ones didn’t quite work!

Six on Saturday 19/10/19

Well I have not spent much time in the garden over the last two weeks just a bit of cutting back the embankment borrowed Brambles in time to fill the brown bin. this year I have a new bug friendly strategy which means I am not cutting the herbaceous plants back unless they rot, I like the idea of less work just have to see if I can pu up with it, I am pretty sure I can. From memory I only have one more plant to move but you will know what that means I shall spot a few more!! So here are my six pop over and see The Propagators blog ……. https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com/tag/six-on-saturday/ always something happening over there

JUMBLE OF FLOWERS

Penstemon , Rudbeckia, Schizostylis,white Japanese anemone, Verbena Bonariensis, Sedum, Erysimum Bowles Mauve all not minding being packed in together, wonderful for October.

NATURES OWN GARDEN

Formed on top of an old gate, I am guessing that is a sunflower seed germinated from where I feed the little Robin, will put his picture up at end of this Blog.

AUNT MARGERY’S F1 FUSCHIA

Big bold and very reliable 15 years in France bought out as a tiny cutting by Aunt from Uk and then came home again as a tiny cutting with me 12 years ago.

MISTY EARLY MORNING COBWEB

Caught my eye so just a phone snap

LEYESTRIA FORMOSA Purple rain

The Himalayan honeysuckle, Himalaya flowering nutmeg or pheasant berry. Sun or shade always puts on a good show. In Ireland it grows on roadsides and in the woods. In the UK we are encouraging it as it is a wonderful bee and bird plant.

BEGONIA FLAMBOYANT

Talk about coming into it’s own, it has nearly filled the table, whatever do I pot it into next year, the corm was me enormous.

SO FRIENDLY

Here is said Robin so friendly I dare not walk around the garden without some feed in pocket or he will buzz my shoulder which means a very light touch of the wing on my cheek meaning ‘hello I am here feed me’ very demanding been around me since a juvenile, shared feed with the chickens, so maybe something had happened to the parent. Again a phone photo never have my camera at the right time.