Tuesday, October 14

N is for narcisus and numbers



I have been making the most of the good weather and have nearly finished planting up the front verge. I have lost count of the exact number of bulbs I have actually planted as I clear out old grass and squeeze a few bulbs in at each opportunity. Often a session sees me plant anything up to 50 at a time. I have done the sessions in a slightly erratic fashion - initially starting by the gate nearest to the house, then the end nearest to my neighbour as Emma was in the garden and we were chatting, then I tackled the middle of the space as I had a different selection of tulips and so my reasoning continues in a hap hazard fashion such I put down to the Mrs Nesbitt approach!

I am planting a selection of bulbs, mainly Narcissus, tulips, grape hyacinth and blue bells. It is very addictive and due to the wonderful tool called the internet I can source sound suppliers, indeed as I write I have 250 bluebells on route. I also have about 230 tulips, 130 mixed narcissus to keep them company!

I spent most of Saturday planting, Sunday was a lovely day so we had a tootle over to Scarborough on the motorbike. Whilst I wore my leathers I was well wrapped up with my fleece tights courtesy of Asda.

To think that only last weekend when I was planting away I was wearing my shorts! The sudden change in temperature saw me scrambling for suitable clothing at the drop of a hat - but I think I am sorted now. Warm jumpers seem to be on the cards now.

When the days are wet (like today) I continue with the clearing of the second bedroom ready for the plasterer coming on 27th. I plan to clear the room by Friday 24th leaving me Saturday and Sunday to strip the wallpaper. When I read that last sentence I try not to feel a hint of panic if I stick to my guns I should be on plan as I know next week is busy but I'll carry on. I have decided on the colour anyway - sticking to the Farrow & Ball colour scheme I am going for Tunsgate Green as I want to keep the room light. The view is lovely from that room so I don't want to take the focus away from the window.

Watch this space!

23 comments:

  1. How is the back standing up to all this bulb planting?

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    1. It's my leg more than anything Pat - I have a kneeling pad which is fabulous - so long as I position myself in a way the cramp doesn't kick in I'm fine. Dx

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  2. Narcisus are NICE and so pretty, we have an assortment in the garden they seem to spread each year.
    I've harboured a dream for years to go and see the Dutch Bulb Fields in Spring.
    Who knows, we may just get there next year?
    love Di xx

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    1. A great idea Di - we are so near to Newcastle Port which has daily routes to Netherlands - Ijmuiden it would make a great weekend outing! Will check it out!

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  3. You put me to shame with all this bulb planting, I've only got a few to get in to pots and it hasn't happened yet.

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    1. The beauty of pots Jo is you can bring them inside and do the planting when the weather is not so good! A thought!

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  4. Erratic is good.. the planting will look more natural!

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    1. Thanks Jessica - I have got some good ideas from your own garden you know.

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  5. We use Farrow and Ball paint - I find it easy to use and a good finish. Your garden is going to look wonderful in the Spring can't wait to see the pictures.

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    1. We get the F&B paint mixed at the local decorator's merchant - saves a few pounds. I too LOVE their colours - so natural.

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    2. Our local Homebase is our supplier and I could buy on their 15 or 20% off days and get nectar points too but they are soon to be closing down so will have to go all the way to Bradford again when they do.

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  6. I never see narcisus except in a fancy florist's shop. Yours looks beautiful.

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  7. NIce :D It is so hot in the mornings and temps just falls down at night. Gets pretty cold too. Here in Seoul. Good luck!

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    1. The temps are low here - cooling even further on an evening.

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  8. I can't wait to see what happens this Spring.

    cheers, parsnip

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  9. You have been busy! You will be rewarded in the spring. My mom was planting tulips a few days ago - she is 79 and gardening is her passion. Her entire front yard has been transformed into a flower garden. I hope all of your bulbs bloom magnificently in the spring!

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    1. So do I Susan. Have plans for a flower garden too - watch this space.

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  10. My garden is a bit of a swamp and the chickens are not happy with it! At least we've got a bit of sunshine at the moment do they can use the whole garden to stretch their wings and legs and shake off the moult feathers.
    Like the green colour, would imagine it will look lovely and fresh when done. xxx

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    1. 2 weeks from now the plastering will be finished and we will be waiting for it to dry ready for the painting! Better go and do some more sorting out then!

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  11. Lovely post and photo for N ~ You are one busy lady ~

    Happy Week to you.

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

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  12. I love yellow flowers. The are so bright and cheery. - Margy

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Thank you for your comments, always nice to know somebody has taken the time to let me know what they think.

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