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Spring forward

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Having bought a container at a charity shop for a flower arrangement, imagine my surprise and delight to discover it contained dormant bulbs in dried out compost.
The bulbs, replanted in fresh compost and placed in the porch, became beautiful, fragrant hyacinths to greet our arrival home.
The Rainbow Allotment, where I am a volunteer, is beginning to flourish – but so are the weeds.
This month’s flower arrangement was entitled Winter into Spring
Those by more experienced arrangers


At the gardening club, we had a most enjoyable and informative illustrated talk on Spring and Autumn in Japan.Who could be more suited to give this talk than Ian Richardson as a frequent visitor, photographer and chrysanthemum enthusiast to tell us about the culture, architecture and plant life? The cherry blossoms and acers of all colours looked absolutely stunning.
The new season has begun at the coast where the winter has taken its toll and quite a few metres have been lost to the sea through erosion.The bad ne…

March on!

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Out and About
Grandkids on half term called for a visit to Knaresborough


Spring displays at RHS Harlow Carr


Garden matters
Can anyone identify this snowdrop which I have in my garden.If it turns out to be worth a fortune, I’ll give you a cut of the profits, or at least a bulb!
We had a very amusing and enlightening talk at our gardening club by Ben Emmott on the sex lives plants, which you can hear about here:http://gardenersfridayforum.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/the-sex-lives-of-plants.htm
The garlic is looking good at the allotment where I am a volunteer.
Read: First part of Lost Innocence by Simon Palmer.  Contains a graphic account of a Thai prison but compelling reading as the story twists and turns. Written: http://fiftywordstories.com/2014/02/19/linda-casper-surprise-proposal/ and http://thestoryshack.com/2014/02/19/picture-house-linda-casper-illustrated-kristy-lankford/

Seen:“The Flat” an Israeli film, written and directed by Arnon Goldfinger. A documentary about cleaning out his grandmothe…