Tuesday, December 25, 2018
Well me lovelies, the solstice has past and here we are in the not so bleak Midwinter. In fact it has been very mild so far.
Evan the snap dragons have refused to stop flowering
Along with pelargoniums
Salvia Amistad -
The cobaea scandens -
and several of the fuchsias'
This is Devonshire Dumpling but I shall resist posting the others as I intend to ( as promised months ago ) post a review looking back at the 2018 collection in the new year.
A quick tour of the garden - looking towards the pelargonium house -
Down towards the fernery -
The kitchen garden -
and the fuchsia walk.
We have been so pleased with our ferns we intend to increase the collection next year.
Although it has been very mild, the damp and the dark does get rather wearing
But we have these little darlins' just outside the kitchen window to spread some cheer.
Every Autumn we invest in a Hippeastrum.
This years is ' Cape Horn' and is very lovely indeed.
So we still have plenty to enjoy now and every sign that we will have even more when Spring finally emerges.
But don't wait till then me lovlies, join me in January to see what the weather throws at us then and for the 2018 fuchsia review.
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Here we are me lovelies with the November garden.
The month began relatively cold but dry and fine. By the middle of the month It got colder with easterly winds and rain (we went down to -1'c).
We won't be seeing our lovely Dahlia again till next year
Most other things are still doing surprisingly well. The UK mean temperature for November is 7.3 °C, which is 1.1 °C above the long-term average and we had slightly above average sunshine hours too so we cant complain too much.
Dianthus, “Super Trouper Sissy”
Mimulus and even snap dragons are all still flowering away.
as is the Asarina (Maurandya) scandens.
an unexpected joy this month was the Gladiolus murielae ( formerly Acidanthera ) which had stowed it self away when we moved gardens.
We didn't know we still had it.
Salvia Amistad is still looking magnificent
and refuses to stop flowering.
Looking up the garden
and towards our kitchen window
This Summer was too hot for the Fuchsias and they didn't give us much of a display
but as from last month they are doing their best to make up for it.
This is 'Hazel Elizabeth' which we have trained into a half standard.
It is not show quality but I am more than a little chuffed.
Thalia & finally Winston Churchill
the Pelargoniums are hanging on and still giving us flower
But not for much longer me thinks.
We hope to get them all, through the winter,
especially the 'regals'
It is usually the combination of cold and wet that does the damage.
So we have put up the old plastic green house to at least keep them ( and us ) dry
With a bit of a false start to winter we have been able to enjoy the last of the summer flowers
While the flowers of Winter proper are starting to do their stuff
We will see what December has in stall for us, next time
So till then me darlins
Sunday, November 11, 2018
With the gardens posts up to date, it's time for a jolly
Or as I would like to think my Christmas list
The Oppenheimer Blue Diamond and the palm of Harry Winston's hand
I don't expect much three or for of the following would do me nicely
Harry Winston - Hall Sapphire Necklace
Jewels from the Bourbon Parma Family - Sotheby's
Jewels from the Bourbon Parma Family 2
Barbara Hutton jade necklace by Cartier
Beetle Necklace, Rene Lalique,
Emerald Tiara - ?
Emerald and Diamond Necklace - ?
Duchess of Devonshire emerald tiara
broach Al Thani Collection
Delhi Durbar Tiara
Aquamarine and diamond aigrette tiara by Cartier, 1912
Empress Elizabeth Alexeievna of Russia’s Tiara
Luxembourg Empire Tiara
Queen Elizabeth’s aquamarine, diamond, and platinum necklace.
Sapphire and diamond tiara - ?
The diamond fringe tiara
The Leuchtenberg Sapphire Tiara from Sweden
The Cora Sun-Drop Diamond the largest yellow pear-shaped diamond at 110.3 carats
The Cambridge Lovers’ Knot Tiara
Queen Mary’s “Girls of Great Britain and Ireland”-Tiara
Queen Mary’s diamond tiara
The Regent Diamond, 141-carat.
Not sure about some of the ones above but I think we all know this one
I want it.
Don't believe what they say
You can take it with you when you go !
All images ( except # 6 & 8 from Dolores Delargo ) are via Tumblr with what ever info came with them
If you know any of the missing details please let me know and I will update them