My Plant of the Month 2/12 – Daffodils

My plant to celebrate this month is probably of no surprise to you all. It is the Daffodil (Narcissus). They are literally popping up everywhere, filling our green spaces with bursts of sun-like yellow.

I have been seeing them in all shapes and sizes on my route to work. The ones in the photos above are in front of Bristol Cathedral and look stunning. They really have been brightening my grey, wet mornings!

We even have some popping up in our planter by the front door… Even though I was sure it was empty when we moved in.

They typically flower from January through until May, so the best is yet to come. If you want some in your garden or window box next year, then plant them up in September and October.

For more info on growing these little rays of sunshine, then have a look on the RHS website for all the info you need.

I would love to see your photos of your ‘plant of the month’ – whatever it may be. So please comment below or send them to me on my Facebook page or by email.

Amy x

The Other Project – Progress

After my parents gave us a hand on the allotment a couple of weeks back, I spent an hour there this morning – as advised by my super knowledgeable parents! Just clearing any weeds which were popping up and then starting to dig over and clear a bit more space.

I now have a good sized bed to start planting my first lot of seeds – Carrots (Flyaway F1) which will go in the ground next month.

As you can see, we have something sprouting up already. We rescued these little guys from some of the grass ridden patches of the plot. I do know that they are part of the Allium genus, but unsure as to wether they are leeks or spring onions. I look forward to finding out nonetheless!

I am really excited to start planting and growing our own food! I encourage everyone to do the same, even if you just have a small balcony or even a window box. You could plant herbs or smaller fruit/veg.

Keep up to date with my allotment by keeping an eye on my blog and Facebook and Instagram pages.

Amy x

My Plant of the Month 1/12 – Snowdrops

Ok… so I missed the first month of this year, that means I can double up when there are too many beautiful plants to choose from.

My chosen favourite plant for February HAS to be the Snowdrop (Galanthus). Its one of the first signs that Spring may be on it’s way soon.

They are so dainty and look stunning in patches of dewy grass when the winter sunlight catches them.

They flower January to March and are quite hardy little plants.

If you want some of these gorgeous little flowers in your garden next year, plant them up in the late Spring, (April/May) and have a look on the RHS website for all the info you will need.

Also, the National Trust have a fantastic list of the ‘Top Spots for Snowdrops’ in the UK. Perfect for a wintery weekend walk!

Image credit – National Trust / Marina Rule

Where did we start…

Although we moved into our new home and inherited our ‘Yarden’ a few months ago now, we have only now started to think about how we want it to look and feel. With the house screaming out for attention, the garden was left to do it’s own thing for a long time, but the New Year has given us a kick up the backside to get cracking on our valuable outdoor space.

Back in the autumn however, we did spend a couple of hours at my new favourite place, Brackenwood Garden Centre, which is just down the road from us. Somewhere in between Ashton court and Pill/Ham Green. It is a cute little family ran garden centre with all kinds of plants for any garden, but my favourites by far were the ferns.

We purchased a couple of bits, including this beautiful little fern (Dicksonia antarctica) to help spruce up our sorry looking garden. It wasn’t until I had planted it up I realised it was actually a tree fern. Which can grow up to 6m in the right conditions… Not quite what I had in mind, and my first gardening mistake.

Skip forward to now, it looks like being uncovered over winter hasn’t done it any good, as expected, but I am keeping my fingers crossed that I haven’t killed it. In the meantime, we will move onto fixing some of the bigger jobs in our yarden.

Amy x

 

Mini fact: 

Ferns grow well in shaded, sheltered and humid environments, so are great plants for a walled or shaded garden.

Where to buy:

Plants and planter bought from Brackenwood Plant and Garden Centre

Meerkat figurine bought from Downham Home and Garden Store