Thursday, 15 March 2018

Bulbs and a birthday

Would you like to join me for a slice of virtual celebratory cake?  Coffee and walnut for me please . . .

I have been wittering on about gardens, dogs, quilts and goodness knows what else for TEN YEARS.  A whole decade . . . strewth, you'd think I would have run out of things to say by now -  Happy Birthday Bag End blog!




Finally 'extracted the digit' and have planted up all my summer/autumn flowering bulbs.

Bulbs are subject to extreme duress at Bag End, if the bloody mice don't eat them then endlessly wet summers and winters will cause them to rot to nothing, so we are not talking High Horticulture here, this is cheapie bags from Wilkinsons bought on impulse (apart from the Agapanthus - have already had good success with these from Wilko so thought I would try again).

I find the best way to bring on bulbs here is to pot them up and then choose their final position once the plant is established and growing strongly, I think this give them more of a chance than popping straight into the soil.   Three of my cold frames are temporarily sitting in the veg patch until Management builds me a steel bench-type-thingy in the nursery area to raise them off the ground with overflow in the net house.  Certainly makes lifting and watering easier when they are not at toe level . . .





The packaging is here purely for my benefit because it is the only way I have the remotest chance of remembering what I've done ๐Ÿ˜Š
















19 comments:

  1. Happy birthday, how quick time flies, a while ago, I was bored and looked back on your blog, reading your battle with all the Leylandii trees, I am always interested in how people design their gardens and how they then evolve, I had an enjoyable afternoon. I too have planted simular bulbs in pots all purchased from Wilko's, and prefer to plant them once they are established and where I have gaps in my garden. I will pass on the cake, I can't eat nuts and don't like coffee flavours, even though I drink coffee by the bucket load. Now a nice lemon drizzle cake!

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    1. Hi Marlene, good to know you plant bulbs the same way I do, your garden always looks so lovely.

      You must have been awfully bored to go trawling through the 'Leylandii archives' !! Our garden definitely has not been designed, it's evolved bit by bit and if I was to start again (Dog Forbid!) I would do a couple of things very differently.

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  2. Happy birthday to the Bag End Blog! That cake looks divine, I would have asked you to save me a piece but I gave up eating cake last May lol :)

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    1. Cheers Eunice. It's OK, I cannot eat the cake either - well, I could but my blood sugar levels wouldn't like it :-(

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  3. A very Happy Birthday Bag End! And hopefully many more to come. A slice of cake is most welcome. X

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    1. Thank you Jules, would you prefer tea or coffee with your cake? xx

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  4. Happy Birthday Bag End. What a coincidence, I was attending my daughter's wedding on the very day you started your blog! Now, coffee and walnut cake is my idea of heaven :)

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    1. Thank you Eileen. I only realised earlier that 10 years ago Management was away on holiday without me - this time in Cyprus at his sister's wedding :-)

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  5. Happy birthday blog! Yes please to a slice of cake - surely you won’t eat all that yourself!

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    1. Thanks Sue. Sadly I will not be eating any of the cake. It too is virtual (a copyright free image I dug up from Pixababy!)

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  6. Congratulations on your 10 years & although I've only followed for approximately six, I've enjoyed it thoroughly & met & made a good friend as well. Thanks. Hope the bulbs all bloom & we see the wonderful display. Take care.

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    1. Thank you Susan :) Have you really been blogging for six years yourself? Goodness, where has time gone?

      Now wouldn't it be great if you saw those bulbs for yourself {grin}. Most should be in bloom around August . . . xx

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  7. Very happy birthday to 'Bag End'- may you enjoy many more. xx

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    1. Thanks m’dear. The first decade has zoomed past at the speed of light so the next one shouldn’t take long :-). :-).

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  8. happy birthday! carrot cake for me please x

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    1. Thank you m'dear, Gosh this seems a long time, I seem to have mislaid the blogging 'on switch', maybe it was blown away in the gales we seem to have had for most of this month?

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