38/52: freesia jolly good flower

Last year I did a post called freesia jolly good fellow, so I could hardly reuse that title. However, freesias are so beautiful that they deserve a regular place in my blog each year.

Spreading throughout the garden, this is certainly one plant that is allowed to have free rein. Freesias are so typically “spring”, with both their colour and delightful scent.

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278/366: the first iris of the season

On September 29th the first iris of the season bloomed.

I love the way the first iris heralded the coming of almost a dozen more.

Next year in autumn I must remember to lift them and spread them out a bit further so they don’t choke. I love the way bulbs multiply and give you enjoyment year after year.

269/366: now I remember those bulbs

Bulbs can often be a lovely surprise, when you have forgotten which variety you planted in a specific area.

After a series of nice glossy green leaves had sprung up near the shed, obviously from bulbs I had planted, I had to wait some weeks to find out what they were.

Now that I see them I remember – bluebells.

What a lovely surprise. I always think of daffodils immediately when someone mentions bulbs, and yet there are so many other types to bring a little colour and joy to our lives.

God Bless Bulbs!


268/366: daffodil rescue mission

With reference to yesterday’s circle of shame, I thought I would start by rescuing the daffodils that were up there, valiantly struggling against the choking hold of the English ivy.

Utilising my trusty bulb remover, after I had snipped away the ivy to get to each daffodil, I threaded the daffodil leaves up through the remover and then pressed down, turning in a cutting motion as  I pushed, finally releasing the bulb from the soil. I know it’s not strictly the right season to be moving bulbs, as it is generally an autumn pursuit, but sometimes if I wait for the so-called correct time, some projects would never happen.

With my personality, I have to immediately harness any urge to sort or clean or attack tasks, because you never know when the next window of opportunity will arise.

Now I have a nice bucket of rescued daffodils. I only hope I get the urge to re-plant them soon.

256/366: a different daffodil

Some years ago up in the top tier we planted a lemon tree in a circular garden, surrounded by specially selected different daffodils. Instead of the regular variety, some of them had double frills and two colours.

Unfortunately they are very shaded up there due to the canopy of larger trees. However, this one managed to flower. As you can see, it seems rather unusual.

Perhaps I should think about repositioning them in the garden? Elsewhere they may do better. I may have to research the net to check when is best; probably when they have died down, but then I won’t be able to see where they are. It’s not like I don’t have plenty of other projects to keep me busy.

228/366: daffy-down-dilly

Daffy-down-dilly, which sounds a trifle bizarre, was apparently the original name for the daffodil, which belongs to the Amaryllis family, genus Narcissi, a trumpet-flowered English bulb.

Being the middle of August, with all these daffodils on display, shows that spring is just around the corner. Yippee! I’m not really a winter person, but it probably makes us appreciate the warmer weather more.

While taking these photos, Zorro deigned to pose with the daffodils to add his majestic black and white poise as a counter-balance to the delightful yellowness that is a daffodil.

223/366: back to the interrupted daffodils

Let’s get back to the daffodils, which were interrupted by the arrival of Shadow on the windowsill.

These are the bulbs I replanted from the front garden, and I love that I can see them outside the bay window at the rear of the house.

222/366: shadow in the way

I thought it would be a good time to take a photo of the daffodils in bloom outside the back window, when who should jump up on the window sill and get in the way? It’s one of our two adorable cats, Shadow, who is twelve years old.


217/366: gadget girl – bulb remover

Anyone who knows me knows that I love gadgets. The bulb remover is a handy one for the garden, and can be used for planting and also transplanting bulbs.

Grasp the handle and press the edges firmly down into the soil. Turning it as you push helps loosen the dirt. Pull it upwards and the soil comes up too.

I’m not sure what this bulb is, but it was in an area that I wanted to put down some more pebbles, so I took it out and moved it to another spot.

To remove the soil that is contained in the bulb remover, press the edges of the handle together to release it. Simple and effective.