Lily Seeds Sown

Soilman kindly sent me some lily seeds (lilium regale) last year and I have recently planted the seeds following Soilman’s excellent instructions.

I have never grown lilies from seed so I look forward to seeing the results. I have just read on Soilman’s site that his seeds have germinated. I am going to head out to the greenhouse now to see what is happening to mine – I’ll let you know.

Thanks Soilman for the lily seeds and the excellent growing instructions.

If you would like to grow lily seeds then Thompson and Morgan supply lily seeds.


Winter Aconite – Green Thumb Sunday

The Winter aconite growing in my orchard has started to emerge and bloom. I caught my first glimpse of this cheery flower the other day and thought it would make a great entry for Green Thumb Sunday.

I had never seen this lovely cheery plant until I moved to the farm. It would be easy to miss this lovely little plant as it is so tiny but the colour of the flower is so vibrant and bright that it stands out in the dreary winter garden. Check out the Winter Aconites flowering on Sunk Island.

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What plants are emerging in your garden this January?

If you would like to grow aconites then Thompson and Morgan supply aconites.

  1. Hi Sara, what cheerful flowers they are. They kind of look like lemons when not opened up. Can these be grown in my neck of the world?Comment by Curtis – January 20, 2008 @ 1:09 am
  2. Oh that’s lovely. I’ve seen photos of this plant before, but I don’t believe I’ve ever seen it in a garden. Beautiful.My photos not up yet but it will be soon!

    Comment by Tricia – January 20, 2008 @ 6:28 am

  3. They have just appeared in my garden too! They are the first of the bulbs to appear and are always a joy!Comment by Cottage Smallholder – January 20, 2008 @ 7:56 am
  4. I’ve never actually seen this in the wild, only in photos. They’re so cheerful at this time of the year. I’ll have to look into the possibility of planting some.Comment by Dragonstar – January 20, 2008 @ 5:51 pm
  5. Have never seen or heard of this flower. It looks very pretty!Comment by Chris and Laurie – January 20, 2008 @ 6:20 pm
  6. An interesting new plant. It’s brand new to me. Right now, I have desert wildflowers coming up from the rains we received last month. We need more rain to help them really take off, so it will be touch and go as to whether I have a lot or a few this year.
    Happy GTS,
    AiyanaComment by Aiyana – January 20, 2008 @ 7:36 pm
  7. I can’t wait to see some blooms here. It’s so ccccold right now. minus 30 celcious tonight!tea
    xo

    Comment by tea – January 21, 2008 @ 12:18 am

  8. I’ve planted this several times in different places in my garden and its never taken, sigh.Comment by claire – January 23, 2008 @ 8:39 am
  9. So lovely to see these flowers at the end of winter. We once lived in a small Lincolnshire village where there were carpets of aconites. An elderly country gentleman told me that they dug them all up in the war, to use an extract of aconites as a medicine for our troops. I am sure he said it was quinine – but I think it must have been something ‘like-quinine’.
    It would be interesting to know if anyone else has heard of this.Comment by TopVeg – January 25, 2008 @ 5:43 pm
  10. In Denmark you see these everywhere and everyone is excited at their appearance, as they bring a hint of spring. I’ve never seen them in England, and will have to look into TopVeg’s comment and see whether there’s a reason for it…
    Gorgeous pictures. :) Comment by teeweewonders – January 27, 2008 @ 2:15 pm


Fungi Growing On Tree Trunk – Green Thumb Sunday

I found this fungi growing on a tree trunk and thought it was an interesting colour.

I am not sure what variety of fungi it is, so if anyone knows please leave a comment.

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Click on this link to view more fungi found on my farm.

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Christmas Cactus – Green Thumb Sunday

Here is my beautiful Christmas cactus. A very fitting plant with only a few days to go until Christmas day.

This is the plant that I always remember from childhood. My birthday is in December and my mum and dad have had a Christmas cactus flowering in their house since I was born.

Which plant do you have first recollections of and earliest memories about?

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Christmas Wreath And Garland Making – Green Thumb Sunday

Last Sunday I went on a Christmas flower arranging course with my mum and had a thoroughly enjoyable day.

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We learnt how to make a Christmas wreath and garland for the home or door. Both items were made from scratch using wire, moss, branches of alpine spruce and Christmas decorations.

Do you have any Christmas decorations that you have made from natural materials that you are proud of?

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Memorial Christmas Tree – Green Thumb Sunday

The memorial Christmas tree is very important to me as it evokes a number of memories. The Christmas tree itself was the first Christmas tree that Stephen and I shared during our first Christmas together. We have planted it here on the farm so that the tree lives on and the memories of that first Christmas will always be close by.

It is now also a memorial tree as my two beloved cats Tigger and Go-cat are buried at the foot of the tree. When I visit the tree I can remember my two lovely happy go lucky cats that were taken from me early in their lives.

Do you have any plants in your garden that evoke memories for you?

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What Type Of Flower Are You?

What Type Of Flower Are You?

If you would like to find out what flower you are then visit This Garden Is Illegal and fill out a survey to discover which flower you are. It’s fun and interesting.

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I am a Snapdragon

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“Mischief is your middle name, but your first is friend. You are quite the prankster that loves to make other people laugh.”

As you can see I am the snapdragon, let me know which flower you are when you have completed the quiz.


Fuchsia – Green Thumb Sunday

FuchsiaI have a fuchsia planted in a pot near my back door and this week the blooms have started to open out. I particularly like this fuchsia as it has pinky red outer petals and then white petals forming the bell shape with pinky red stigma and stamen.

Do you have a favourite fuchsia?

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Winter Hanging Basket – Green Thumb Sunday

Winter Hanging BasketMy mum filled my hanging basket for the Winter, so thanks Mum. I think it looks lovely filled with ajuga, violas and ivy.

What plants are in your hanging basket at the moment?

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Autumn Flowering Crocus – Green Thumb Sunday

The Autumn flowering crocus sprung into life this week signalling the start of Autumn.

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I love to see the crowds of delicate crocus break through and shout that Autumn is here with their beautiful pastel pink petals waving in the Autumnal breeze, or gale force winds if you live in the North East of England like I do!!!

What signs of Autumn do you like?

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